I've had good luck with the random $50 walmart special, 8ft medium action that I throw 20lb mono onto. Have had the one since 2005 and the other for about 3 years now. All good so far. I have a diawa 6ft medium action bass rod with 8 lb test that I use for all my flounder bucktailing. That's landed me several shorts over the past two years
Really depends on your price range. Spooling an 8000 class reel with braid costs about 40$ btw. I would suggest braid over mono cuz you never know what's gonna hit and a big toothy guy can peel off a lot of line fast.
Wampire - going harder, longer and deeper since 1984.
You throwing bait or lures? I have 9, 10 and 12 ft rods all matched with penn fierce 5000 and 6000 reels. The 9 and 10 are for throwing lures and the 12's are for bait. I believe my rods are the Inshore series? I'll have to check. My advice would be not to cheap out on saltwater gear, last thing you want is a big fish breaking off. When I caught my 40 inch bass it was a battle even with a 9 ft medium rod on 20 lb test line.