Old post, I dont know if your still looking, BUT...
you cant go wrong with a Abu 6500 it'll catch anything from stripers, salmon shark, tuna, and even turtles.
For rods I've really come to like the shiamono Clarus, great rods. life time warranty and I've put em thru the test.
Prolly looking at about 150 bucks for the combo. the claras run about 70 bucks, with the 6500 close to that.