by shallower are you saying out to like the intersection rigs and up to about 200-250'? If so then a 300g rod should be fine. Could even go lighter depending on your preference. I would get a small spinning reel........as far as stella sizes go, 6000/8000FA size. sustain is a good recommendation by john. i wouldnt get the 18000 saragosa or that sized reel unless you're going to bring it for tuna. just too heavy for the lighter rod IMO. pe4/5 or 50lb braid should work well.
btw - we caught a 100lb AJ at the intersection rigs this year so there are big fish there
. but for snapper , crevalles, small AJs, kings and smaller grouper this light setup should work well.