The St. Croix Mojo Bass is a casting rod that specializes in bass fishing. This super sensitive and tough rod will work perfectly for all kinds of applications and techniques, all at an affordable price.
Some users have had durability issues - specifically with the guides. However, this is an overall immensely popular casting rod which has racked up hundreds of positive reviews from all over. A definitely contender if you're lurking around this price range.
If you're willing to spend a bit more, it might be worth checking out the Avid X.