yes. i've got min on 6'6" Berkeley Lightning rods, spooled with Berkeley Trilene 15lb mono, mostly 1 oz sinker to catch panfish like whiting, croaker, sand trout. sometimes will use a float under the pier lights at night. i've also thrown lures when the water is really green and caught spanish mackerels.
on the surf, what ever you do, don't drop it, if you get any sand in it, its out of commission til you go home and take it completely apart.