I have been using the Bass Pro brand Catmaxx Rods since about the beggining of this year (christmas). I have a 9ft. med./hvy. Catmaxx rod with a Abu Garcia 7000C3 on it, & a 7'6ft. med./hvy. Catmaxx rod with a Abu Garcia 6500C3 on it. I love these two set-ups, they are GREAT!!! The rods have lots of backbone, and power. I brought that 23lb. blue cat (the one in my pic.) in on the 9ft. rod with no problem at all. Yet, at the same time it had good enough action that he fought hard and gave me the fight I was lookin for. These rods are by far the best i've ever used, but I was just wondering if anybody else uses these rods, is so do you like em' as much as I do.