Any quality fishing rod from a variety of manufactures. Line rating from 15-30. Possibly 7 1/2 to 8ft with medium to medium heavy action. Preferences have a lot to do with what you will end up with.. So have fun. Head over to your local shop and see what fits you best.
The 14a is a great reel and perfect for your intended application. I caught a 40+ lb yellowfin on it last season with more than enough line capacity. I had it paired with a Cousins CLB 80L, it's my go to 25lb set up for local yellows to offshore yellowfin
I have the Trinidad 10A, 12A, and 14A. I have caught lots of tuna on all of these up to 60 pounds.
I really like the new Teramar rods. Big fan of the Terez rods as well.
Terez 70MH, 70H. Or Teramar 76MH, or 80H. Those would be my choices.
On a private boat, I very much like fishing bait with a Trevala 66M or 66MH jigging rod. Although they are only 6'6" in lengh, and "designed" for jigging, I LOVE using them for live bait fishing for tuna.
I just got a 14A and was considering using it on a United Composites RCE 900 Monster as a dedicated surface iron setup. Was going to load 65lb j-braid with a 30-40lb flouro leader since the reel is rated at 17lbs max drag. Initially I was thinking to get a 16A, but I'm kinda liking the smaller size reel in my hand. Any reason(s) this won't work well or is not a good recipe for a surface iron setup? I invite everyone's opinion as I am new to saltwater fishing and know I have a lot to learn. Thx.
Just like flyliner, I've used the 12a on school sized tuna, but only up to 30#. No issues at all. I have 50# power pro and a short 20# flouro leader. Sometimes I use 15 and go up to 25, but I mainly use as my 20# rig on a Calstar 800XLH.
I fish straight 50# braid on my 14A. I use it for yellows and tuna up to 30#, lings/rockfish, halibut and WSB, with 15-30# topshots in the 3-10’ length.
I’ve been using the 14 for years. It’s my favorite. Ive fished it on nearly every rod in my quiver - The best rod I’ve found for the reel is the Phenix Axis 82ML. Casts a sardine nicely, plenty of backbone, soft tip to match the lighter line. Buy one off the rack or have Tommy @ Performance Tackle wrap you a beauty.