Everyone will have their own opinion but for Rods you're going to want longer rods at least 7' with 9-12' being better. The longer the rod the further you will be able to cast that hunk of bait. As for line, I use straight braid in the 50-90lb range with a steel leader. With the braided line you get so much more line on a reel than with mono and the wear/abrasion resistance is incomparable. I've never been a big fan of mono leaders or fluorocarbon but a lot of people love it and swear by it.
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