well went and bought another berkley big game series rod. this one too is an 8' med/hev action but i put a little smaller reel on it. the reel is a shakespeare alpha 50 which is a smaller version of what i have on my other big game rod. ive spooled this one with 150yds of 30lb spiderwire. i was debating on getting the 7' rod but its only med. action. i with they made a 7' med/hev action rod. but i do like the casting ability and the backbone that the 8' rod had. like ive said before it has enough backbone to bring a big fish out of logjam or any other cover, but yet it is sensitive enought to tell when your getting a bite. they are very good rods and i reccomend them to anyone who wants to start catfishing and dont have alot of money to buy gear. they are only 20 bucks. anyway i cant wait to start fishing the river with them this weekend. hopefully i can get ahold of another big flathead.