The 7" Ugly stick tiger rods 12-25 is very versatile, under $100. 8' Okuma PCH rods are phenomenal for under $200. Medium action rods are the way to go. Fishing from a downrigger, 9-10ft is optimal. I use a 9'6" Heavy G Loomis Gl2. The heavy action helps from the stress of being bent for hours on the DR.