I have a couple of 7'MH Ugly Stick GX2 spinning rods that work really well. Mine are paired with Okuma Avenger Baitfeeder reels (ABF 55), and they have pulled in several large blues each in the two years I've had them. This rig will run about $100 to put together. I run Berkley Big Game 20lb line on mine, but 15lb would cast better. As mentioned above, I too use the flat no-roll sinkers, mostly 2oz, and my go-to for big blues is a 7/0 offset circle hook snelled onto a 30lb flourocarbon leader. An Octopus hook works good too if you want a meat gaff and like to set the hook. If targeting eater size fish I will back down to a 4/0 or 5/0 hook. You hang that rig up and you'll be cussing trying to break it off.
If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space!