I have the BCF H and XH casting rods and neither are what I would call a "broomstick". Both have tips that are sensitive in accordance with the rating of the rods. I have an old XXH saltwater boat rod...now, "THAT" is a broomstick!!!!!How was it accurate? I switched catfish rod brands and went with Big Cat Fever Casting Heavy for BIG blue cats. And i wouldn't call them "broomsticks".
I have absolutely no problem using my medium heavy rods on the Ohio River or even White River where I expect to catch 20# and above fish.
when I am channel cat fishing I use my medium power rods.
The only thing I would change would be to make manufacturers comply with standards so the rod rating actually meant something. I would require the same standard for hook sizing.
Slomo can take his medium rod to the Ohio, Missouri, Mississippi, Potomac, or James and see how it handles a 60+ pounder, before he gets a heavier rod. It would be interesting to see.
I mean are we looking at a beefier rod than the XH series?These guys know how to make a rod. I have 4 in Med and Med Hvy and have fished with the Heavy action. I would expect a lot of backbone that comes quick in the action with a little bit softer tip comparatively. It will move a fish when paired with the correct reel.