|I would recommend something heavier, not because it cant handle fish (45lbs) is a pretty big fish, but because of rocks/and kelp. Sometimes when you get stuck you need a little muscle to be able to free yourself up. I use an 8' rated 15-25lb, 1-5oz rod, 20lb mono. I'm not the most experienced, im still learning too, so take my advice with a grain of salt. Also i fish mostly fish jetties, so other applications may be different. I started out fishing salt water with my bass rods/reels, but after having a couple nice fish snap me off fairly easily, i decided to move up. I think it also depends a lot on what kind of fish you are targeting. In my area the bigger fish are halibut and sharks, and if you were to hook into a decent size of either of those, they would probably break your line fairly easily.