Sorry, but in that price range I would try the Dobyns Fury 702 SF of Dobyns Fury 703 SF. Go try them out at Fun and Sun or other Dobyns dealers. They are sweet for that practice. I have the 703 and LOVE it, but I like heavier rather than lighter rods. They are both ranked as Shaky head rods, too. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck. If you are set on those two, I would go with the Bucoo rod over the Veritas, too many problems with the Veritas rods, for me anyway.
Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.