My 12' H Ugly Stick casting rod was delivered on Saturday and I tried it out Sunday and returned to Bass Pro on Monday. I plan to trade for the 12' XH. On Sunday I tried the rod from the bank at the Alton Dam. With 3oz and bait the rod will cast fine, but the tip has way too much action for me. The hook setting power with the tip is very low. I did catch a nice blue in the 5lb range and lost one which felt larger. I always use octopus circle hooks which reduce the need for a strong hook set, but this rod did not have enough backbone for me. It would be fine fishing calmer water. I just hope the XH is more stout. If not I will pay the difference and get the Offshore Angler Ocean Master rod, which I think I probably should have done in the first place.