|Depending on whether you are using bait (cast and wait), or artificials (lots of casting), the length and sensitivity of your rod will depend on your style of fishing. Also, take into account the surf conditions, wind and tides, i.e., higher surf on a windy day will not allow you to do well with a 6' rod in my experience. I use a 7', 7.5' or 8.5' rod depending on all the above variables. I try to use the lightest rods and reels I can get away with because I fish almost exclusively artificials when perching in the surf and there's a lot of casting and ensuing fatigue issues. If I were you, I would buy at least a couple rods/ reels to see what works.