A heavier spinning reel, and rod, would probably be better suited to casting just a few split shot, and tiny baits, or yarn. If you have one of those, bring that, but if you are trying to decide between the Amb. Rocket, or an open face Shimmy. I would almost pick the open face, if you are good about your retrieve, and line management. But generally those are normally used for inshore monsters, and the open faces, I have only used them mooching for Salty Chinook, and trolling for Albacore. Test all of your reels out... Put a few split shot on the end of your line, and cast each one a bunch, and adjust the brakes, and drags, as best you can, and then decide. 200 yds. is way plenty in the way of line. On a spinning setup, I am running 118 yds. of 20 lb. braid, this is for a creek that is 40 feet wide at its widest, and I still let the fish play me a bit, and run all over hell. For the Sandy, you will sure ly be casting most of the time, so definiately bring something you know will fling your lightest tackle, but still able to handle a big cat or nice muskie, lets say. I'm sure you'll have something, and in one of my posts, a buddy id fighting a 15 pound fish full of piss, and vinegar...On bass gear...Just goes to show ya that if you play them right heavy trout gear will work!.