RE: Rod/Reel Combo
Need a little more info. Spinning, casting, what line, and so on.
I would reccomend a Diawa Coastal. 20# braid backing and a 75yd topshot.
With that reel you can cast a million times without fatigue. The drags are as smooth as butter. I have crash tested mine by slipping and slamming it right into the sand. a water rinse and kept on fishing.