I'm buying all new rods and reels this year to get a little more serious about my catfishing. I've already decided on Penn 220 reels, just trying to decide on a rod. I'm buying three of them, so price is definetely a big factor. Already gonna have to come out with about $150 for the three reels. 100% of my fishing will be done from a boat on the Mississippi River. Mostly behind dikes, around rip rap banks, and in deep holes that are in decent current, sometimes a lot of current. I'll be using 40# line, circle hooks, and sinkers up to 8oz. The bait will be either cut skipjack or small live baitfish. I've looked at a few heavy and medium heavy rods but can't make up my mind. Are the heavy action rods just too stiff on the end to use circle hooks? I've used medium heavy rods before and they seem to have a HECK of a bend in 'em when in pretty good current. Also, what rod length would be best? Found 6'6" heavy action sturdy stiks at catfish connection for around $20, are these gonna be too short? I really need a heavy action rod with just a little more flex in it than some of the ones i've seen. I would love to have three catfish safari rods, but I just can't afford it unless I buy cheaper reels, which I really don't want to do. Any suggestions?