I only do this in the spring and fall when the gills are close to shore and accessible. I use a long rod, 7'6" with a fast action, and 4 lb test. Almost always use a balsa float and a micro jig with plastic/gulp/waxies, etc.
Best set up for shore fishing
7’6” light extra fast tip. 4 pound maxima and a 1000 Shimano reel. Rocket bobber for long range casting or foam weighted for closer casting pitching. With the small rocket bobber on this set up I can almost cast the entire spool of line. I’ve tried the 9-10’ rods and like this set up myself much better.
My go-to rig is a long crappie rod, as well. I use a larger thill slip bobber and put on two good-sized split shots and a 1/32 jig head so the bobber still floats, but it doesn’t take much to pull it under. You can flip it bass style for close in work and cast it like a light surf rod if you ever want to go beyond a distant weed line. I use six pound test. The soft rod tip is really forgiving.