Simple. Go to Walmart and buy a 6' medium action spinning rod for $18.88.
I have three that I use for my teaching trips and I use one of them a lot myself and I have a bunch of much more expensive rods. Very sensitive and has plenty of backbone to lift a big fish over the rail of my pontoon. Biggest mistake most anglers make is getting too light of a rod thinking it's more sensitive. Not true. I've found that a stiffer rod is actually more sensitive. A soft tip will absorb more of the thump than a stiffer one.