I also think the bait you intend to cast has a lot to do with what you pitch, cast. And for me it is spotties using Hookup Baits, 1/4 ounce, period. My gear is two rods, bait casters. I will start with my # 2 setup
Sixgill SAGA 7' 2" medium power rod matched with a Diawa TATULA 150 bc.
Rod is to soft, limits casting, even with 6 pound XXX line. Action good
My go to setup is
Phoenix Maxim 7' 3" Medium Heavy, Fast action, 1/4 - 1 ounce lure, 10 - 17 pound test, matched to a Shimano TRANX 200 bc
Excellent rod for spotties. Cast great, nice back to it and great sensitivity.
I like bait caster rods because the line runs on top of the back and tip of the rod. With spinning rod the line runs on the eyes. I have used spinning in the past for spotties, not the same fight or feel, just my 2 cents...........GT