Similar to rpsurf, I use both conventional and spinning. The conventional I use for chunking and live livelining, fluke fishing. I use two spinning outfits, one is a 7ft med-heavy action Shakespeare rod with a Penn 5500 spinning reel; I use this for snagging, trolling, jigging and popping (pretty much everything). I think I paid $29 for the rod at walmart, and it's great. The other spinning outfit is for back bay popping and light jigging. It's a 7ft Penn pursuit med action, with a Penn 550ssg, (soon to be replaced with a Penn Slammer 360). The ssg is crap. All rods have short butts, and I can extend them past the front of the Kayak with ease.