What I use may be out of your price range. I use the new Dobyns 806 CB rod, it is built for the 8 and 10XDs. The above mentioned 805 CB RM CAN handle the 10XD, but it is not rated for it, so move up to the 806 that is designed for the bigger/deeper crankbaits. I have the old fashioned Greeenie Curado in 5.1:1 ratio. You MIGHT find a KVD set up for your purposes in that price range. I would go as close to 8' as possible. The Quantum KVD rod I would use is the 7'11" rod and a 5.1 to 5.5:1 gear ratio. I hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.
OH, KVD rod is a composite, so is the Bass Pro Crankin' Stik. I PREFER straight graphite for the feel of the texture of what the composition of the terrain is. I put my drag at around 3 lbs so as not to rip the hooks out of a fishes mouth and play them as needed. Just some observations.
Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.