You can get a great MH bait casting combo at Academy on sale if you check at the right times. That's all I fished when I picked bass fishing back up a few years ago and I got an Abu Garcia Blue Max combo for $60 or something. Look at things like that and you can't get a decent setup cheap for what you're looking to do.
MH is a good all around rod, and a 6.3:1 reel is a good all around reel.
I deuced in a apartment pool after a bottle of peppermint schnapps