I'd try the Vendetta 2 series. I think they have a 7' Med Light action that should work well for that.
I use a Vendetta medium for drop shot and happy with it.
Looking at the Academy website,
they have the Falcon BuCoo 6'6" Medium/Medium Fast on clearance for $83 (in cart price)
The Daiwa Tatula 7' Medium/Fast is on clearance for $119 (in cart price) also available in ML/Fast
The St. Croix Premier 7' ML/fast is on clearance for $104 (in cart price)
The online price for the Shimano Crucial 6'6" Medium/Fast is $127 (in cart price)