Sounds like my best bet is a 10' rod that can handle plugs in the 1-4 range.
Brewman - Recommending equipment to people is tricky especially when the equipment doesnt live up to the billing.
I bought this rod for my gf when I couldnt get a St. Croix Triumph (back ordered)
Cheaper and light - and it did just fine. Its hard to get hurt if spending less than $100 - Penn surf power stick.
There are dozens of different threads on the cheaper rods but the Penn barely gets mentioned.