I have the 9'6" salmon/steelhead rod. This past fall I had three albies and a jack Cravelle at the hook.
One of those albies took a hickory shad on a Nantucket sleigh ride
(hickory on the teaser, albie on the deadly dick). All of the fish took me up and down the beach, all I could do is hold on and take a walk. Twice the beach was crowded, but there were a great bunch of guys out there that day
let me go in, out,up,down. I was using a 4000 sustain with 17lb mono. i think it would be ok with schoolies, but I would also be concerned about fighting big fish and practicing c&r. When the bigger bass showed up, I left it home, as I am a c&r guy, and didn't want to put any unwanted stress on the fish, or perturb the 30 guys next to me