Berkley lightning rod best for $40?
I’d stay away from the Shimano, Voltaeus. They are Shimano’s version of an Original Ugly Stik, (and, as you know, the Original Ugly Stiks are about as sensitive as a broom handle).
You are limited by your budget, but there are some OK rods to be had for that price:
1. Shimano, Convergence- http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shimano174-Convergence-Spinning-Rods/703850.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dconvergence%26x%3D21%26y%3D16&Ntt=convergence
2. Berkley, Lightning Shock series- http://www.basspro.com/Berkley-Lightning-Rod-Shock-Series-Spinning-Rods/product/104159/-1548368
3. BPS, Tourney Special- (Read the reviews on this! I’d suggest going with any “in-house” rod like this. Why??? BPS backs their product (as do other companys) with excellent warranties.)- http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Tourney-Special-IM7-Graphite-Rods-Spinning/product/44529/-1028377
4. Ugly Stik Lite, Inshore- (This is the only Ugly Stik Product I would suggest buying.)- http://www.basspro.com/Shakespeare-Ugly-Stik-Inshore-Select-Spinning-Rods/product/10204690/-1643261
Go with the 7′ for sure. More length= more distance when casting and better fish fighting ability.
However, if your mainly a shore angler you may want to only get a 6′ 6″ rod to help you cast around tree’s and shoreline obstructions.
Hope this helps?
BluefinTuna Fishing New Hampshire