Hey all, When I bank it, I like using a long, flexible pole that has enough backbone to fight a big fish but is still very, very flexible. I catch bigger and more cats with a very flexible tip. I'm not sure why, but I believe it has something to do with the amount of resistance cats feel when they pick up and move with the bait. I've found I still get the small ones with a stiffer rod, but the big ones usually bite and then leave. My favorite current setup is an old 8 foot fiberglass Eagle Claw "Star Fire" spinning rod rated for 8 - 15 pound line. I use a Shimano Sadona spinning reel with it. However, I'm ready to switch to a baitcaster and need a baitcasting rod for it. I have an Abu Garcia 6600 C3LO. I LOVE the reel. It has a lever drag and clicker. The ability to leave the reel in free spool with the clicker on is the main reason I'm switching over. The rod I'm looking for should be around 8-9 feet, be very, very flexible, and cast well. I've got a Shimano Scimitar SMC-86M-2 8'6" Med/Fast rod, but its WAY too stiff for my taste and is very hard to overhand cast with 1-2 ounces of weight. I've looked at some medium 8-9 foot Ugly Sticks, but they still feel a bit too stiff to me. If anyone has gone through this already and has found a pole they really like with the attributes I'm looking for, please post it up! Thanks in advance!