Was contemplating getting a new setup this winter for walking the sodbanks. I currently use an 8 foot St Croix heavy action rod & a Diawa Team Advantage Reel. Nice setup, versitle too. I use it mostly for stripers in the river from shore & I began using it to throw some artificials in the surf this year. Only problem is I think it may be a bit too much for throwing small fin-s jigs & stuff like that. I was maybe thinking of just getting the same thing but just downsized. Any sugestions of maybe a cheaper rod though that still has some quality to it? Also fee free to post whatever setups you guys use.