Finely got to break in my new flathead rods, not only that but I was able break them in on Steve's home waters. Hey Steve thanks for taking me and Scotty out that first day on your boat, man-o-man guys that Seaark ROCKS. Now back to these rods, we fished hard for 3 days and caught over 300 lbs of Blues with these rods. Hey guys u don't have to worry about them being to stiff, when I first hook a fish I had a hard time telling if it was a 4 lber or 12 lber or 20 lber until you got it closer to the boat and the fight was on, then you had all the power you needed. I also landed my new PB 40 lb Blue woo hoo!!! I"am really happy I upgraded to these rods. Screaming Drags everybody.