I just put $10 down on a new cat rod & I wanted to ask y'all what you think of it. The specifics on this rod can be found at: http://fish.shimano.com/catalog/fis...<>ast_id=1408474395181270&bmUID=1200250873561. My rod is the TLA80MC2: 8ft, medium power, fast action, 12-27lb, 2-piece rod. One thing I don't like aboutl it is there's no "trigger" finger grip on the rod handle but otherwise it seemed to be the best cat rod in the tackle shop for the money (about $80). I like the fact that it's fast action will enable me to "feel" the bottom & feel strikes better but I'm worried that maybe my live bluegills or chicken liver will fall off the hook a lot more with the fast action than they did with my old medium action rod. What do y'all think? Also, I wanted a rod long enough to make the far casts to tailwaters of dams but not so long that I couldn't reasonably fish at my more usual river spots. Do you think the 8ft Talora was a good compromise? I plan to buy an Abu Garcia baitcast reel. Maybe a 6000 or a Black Cat 6500CAT. Is this the best rod choice for the money? The rod is classified as a "trolling rod" but I don't have a boat & won't be doing any trolling. Does this make a difference? P.S. I still think this is probably a good choice for a cat rod but if I find out otherwise I'd rather find out now & only be out $10 than be stuck with an $80 rod that isn't right. Thanks for all the help brothers!