I use an Okuma Cielo rod with a Shimano 2400 spinning reel. Light enough action if you are targeting surf perch and robust enough to work good sized halibut. like all rods and reels don't set the drag too tight. Let the rod work the fish, keep all slack out and as your fish approaches the beach work with the waves to drag it on shore. I use lucky craft 110, kastmasters of various weight depending on wind and surf conditions and krocodile chrome and blue spoons. Last fish caught was a 29" on a kasmaster lure. Photo on BD Chit Chat Forum. I fish mostly N. San Diego County beaches.