I have been invited to go on a salt water trip. A man I work with has a 21' center console and he fishes oil rigs five miles out. He catches snapper and an occasional ling and such. Last trip he caught an 8' lemon shark. They had to chase the shark with the boat and after 45min. got it to the boat and cut the leader. My question is will my heavy cat rods be OK for this type of fishing as a general rule. I have ABU 7000 on an 8' medium heavy rods 30 lb. big game mono. and King Kat spinning on an 8' medium heavy rods with 30# big game mono. I have 2 Penn pier sticks with penn 309 on them. These are 5' solid glass rods heavy action and are really made to fish off of piers and they don't cast very well but are very strong. I have no experience with this type fishing. You salt water guys what would you take if you were me? If it makes any difference we will be fishing in the gulf of mexico off the Alabama coast.