Re: Surf fishing? best multi-purpose rod and reel??
For buying off the rack(for a begginer plugger/or fisherman) I would go for an okuma - Cedros Surf in 8-10' and the St.Croix Triumph 9-11' are pretty good, have seen these rods sold new for anywhere from $70-$130. Both mid level priced/performance rods that I have used.
What's odd is that I only see guys fishing very high end or very low end/quality gear, these guys must not do any research at all: "give me your most expensive setup" or "give me your biggest piece of crap - I'm only fishing today, I'll never use this rod again, I don't get to the sea shore very often"