I have had a great year fishing for channel cats. No so much for the shovelheads. I have caught several 10 pounders and many of the channels I have cought were over 5 pounds. I actually think channels are a lot of fun to catch, sure a shovelhead gets a lot bigger, but a 10 pound channel will peel some drag. Even though I do have an off shore rod and an okuma size 50 reel, I consider my tackle to be untralight. My Okuma is loaded with 12lb big game line... and I also use my bass pole for channel cats I have one spool with 6lb cajun line and the other with 10lb hybrid line from yozuri. I did catch one 8lb shovelhead on Magic bait...I was litterally using ultralight that day... 5'6" ul pole with 4lb test line. He gave up too soon but was still a great fight. I went fishing last night and caught one small channel cat. I need to find the wintering holes in my area.