well ill be gettin taxes back here soon and will have 260 bucks to go spend on goodies. right now i got an 8' berkley big game series m/h rod with a shakespear alpha reel spooled with 50lb spider wire. i bought it and the reel seperate at wallyworld, wich is where i usually do all my shopping. anyway they got the big white uglysticks for like 30 bucks wich is only 10bucks more than the berkley. they also got berkly light stick fishing pole combos for around the 45 dollar price range. i really like the berkley big game series but have heard good things about the ugly sticks and i know gus (utattoo) uses the light stick berkley rod/reels. what do you all think? really the only big open face they have seems to be the shakespeare alpha. its only a 20 dollar reel but ive got some 10lb channel cats on it and it seems to handle just fine. anyway just thought id get some of yalls opinions.