I'm in the market for a new catfish rig and am wondering what length rod to get? When I'm out, I see guys with everything from 6-11 feet long and I'm not sure what the criteria is to decide. I am looking at getting a Shimano Baitrunner Spinning Reel to match it up with after losing a pole to a fish yesterday. Thought I left it open but apparently not since I watched it fire off like a cannon into the lake yesterday while I was helping my little girl with a bluegill. I fish lakes and the Ohio River, mostly from the bank. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Just started hunting cats in the last year or so.