I'm looking to get a new rod for throwing mostly bucktails, swim shads and lead head jigs for stripers. This rod will be used from a boat and also from land (mostly around bridges).
Ideally, I would like it to be 7', able to handle jigs around 1/4 to maybe 1 or 1 1/2 oz. I will most likely be matching it up with a 3000 size reel and 20-30# braid. I was looking into rods by another well known high end rod manufacturer, but they use REC guides on them (which I have heard bad things about). So I would prefer either Alconite, SIC or other similar quality guides.
My last requirement would be that I'd like it to be as light as possible. Under 4 1/2 ounces would be ideal, as I am trying to keep the weight of the whole combo to under 14 ounces total.