Well, for a budget of $250, it would be hard to go wrong with a Shimano reel, either a Symmetre or Saros, in the 3000 or 4000 series. I have a Penn Battle that has held up very nicely, and I can recommend it as well. seanpwilliams98 above had a good recommendation. 7' in MH is good if you are going to pier fish, but if you are lure chucking as well, you could probably go with a med for a bit better castability. There are a good number of nice graphite rods for around 100 to 125 bucks from companies like Falcon, St Croix, TFO, 13 Tackle, among others, that would pair nicely. Buy the reel first, and take it with you and mount it on the rods you look at and go with what feels the best.