Probably should say upfront, I do not get any endorsements, sponsorship, money, freebies, or anything else from ProAngler (proanglertackle.com) or their staff. Just looking at, the rod and reel appear designed to handle the majority of catfishing situations. A very solid, reliable set up for the boat or bank angler. If you prefer 10 foot or longer rods or spining reels, this is not your bag. The Rod: 7.5 foot, medium heavy, 12 titanium guides, last foot is bright yellow. See picture. I have limited experience with the rod as it just came out. It feels good in your hands, cast great, plenty sensitive, solid hook set ability. I have drifted with it and used it with clickers. Fishing from boat in a lake, 2 oz. weight is the heaviest I've used, 3/4 oz the lightest. Able to cast with either. Stamped on the rod it says 15 - 30 lbs test. I have the Eva handle $35.00, cork available at $38.00. I like the rod so much I've bought a total of three so far. The Reel (baitcaster): I have more experience with the reels. The new version that is currently available has made two imporvements that I really like and thought it needed. The "old" (last year) had some slack before the anti reverse would kick in, now it is instant. Much better now. Also, I also was not wild about the clicker button itself, it came to a rounded point. The clicker worked great, just turning the clicker on and off was a bit more of a chore than I thought it needed to be. The new version has larger button that slides up and down to engage/disengage the clicker. Much better (see pictures). The new reel retains some very nice qualities that I like about last years version; familiar baitcaster design inside and out, not big or bulky but very sturdy (steel/metal components), excellent drag system, metal clicker (loud), the break system, and the price. Last check, the price was $55.00. Its hard to beat for an all purpose baitcaster that is pretty much bullet proof when using 30 pound or less mainline. The complete combo burns less than $100.00 and it makes a very good cat/striper machine.