I am new to surf fishing and long distance casting. i have a Abu Garcia Blue Yonder 7000 reel and am looking to buy a rod to put it on. I interested in fishing for Bull Drum and Puppy Drum, but I cant always be there when they are running, so I would be fishing for whatever is biting at the time I am there. I have decided to buy a Carolina Cast Pro Rod because of all the great reviews I have read. So far I haven't found any negative comments on any of the fishing forums about these rods. My question is what would be the disadvantage of me buying the 13' 8-12 instead of one of the other lighter rods? I plan on buying other setups later, but for now need a rod for this particular reel. What are your recommendations?