I'm looking for recommendations for an 8 1/2' or longer rod to be high and out of the way that will be used for a churches stern planer that will be straight out of the back of my boat. I'm looking for something that will show flexion on the end so that I know there is a fish on. I used it for the first time last week and caught one last week using a stiffer 7ft rod and when pulling in lines at the end of the day, we had a 16' walleye on and never knew it. Any input???