I pulled this from your thread in the Rods and Reels Forum, not sure which thread you are following and wanted to be sure you saw it.
Can't go wrong with the combo above, but just a suggestion would be a reel with a little line capacity and a bait clicker. Since your dad likes to pier fish and bait fish you might think about a reel like a Abu 6500C. It cast fairly well with the weight of the bait and rigging for this type of fishing. I would recommend a 7' popping type rod in a medium heavy power. Academy would be a good place to check for the rod. They have a H2O house brand that is pretty good and they stand behind it pretty well. As far as the reel, I would shop it online ebay ect. Good Luck.