I made the early spring trip to Bass Pro Shop in Charlotte this afternoon, took my daughter with me who is almost 2 and I truelly believe if it were not for my insistance that it was time to go we would still be watching the fish in the aquarium. Anyway, I fought it off for an hour an a half but I eventually succomb to the "gots to have its" and ended up leaving with a Cat Maxx rod. I selected a beutiful, black and gray w/ cork handle, 8'0" Med.Hvy. action that recommends line weight between 14-20 and lure weight between 1/2 and 2 oz. I've got a new Abu 6600 Brute that is just perfect for this rod. The reel is still sitting in the box, wrapped in new 20lb. test Cajun line. I'm going to the college soccer field tomorrow for some test casts and will report my initial thoughts on the castability of this settup tomorrow evening if time allos for it. Ultimately itwill not see it's true test in the water fishing until our annual pilgramage to mecca, I mean Santee, later at the end of March.