And if you're throwing bait I'd never go less then 10'. You need the rod length to get distance.
If you're throwing wood I'd never go over 11' (and a lightweight 11'er at that). Plugging with a long rod will whoop you quick.
"I just wanta play everyday despite small nagging injuries --
and go home to a woman who appreciates how full of crap I truly am"..... Crash Davis