Topic: Rod & Reel set-up?

Hey folks,

Just registered. My family and I have been vacationing in Cape May for over 20 years. (PA residents) Great place! We always come down in July, usually the second week. I've done a lot of surf fishing with just a bit of success. Mostly sharks and skates with a few game fish in there. I usually fish the Point or the rock jettys by the ferry. Thanks to this forum I'll give Poverty beach a try in a couple of weeks.

A couple of questions: I'm planning on buying a new rod and reel before I come down this year and need some advice as to length, medium or heavy, and what pound of line. Also what type of rigs are best for fishing off the bottom and are jigs the way to go? Color?  Thanks for your help and I'm looking  forward to being in your midst again soon.