I fish the Ohio River, and yes I have the chance of hookin' up on some monster size cats: and I try to every week. BUT..... I never catch BIG ones, just little ole' 7 and 8 pounders, and every once and awhile we'll catch some cats reachin' 12 or 13 pounds (the biggest ever caught by me; 23lb. Bluecat). So, my point is-. Since I usually don't catch huge fish on a regular basis, even though I am going to try really hard this year, are the Ugly Stik Tiger rods to stiff and bolky for my style of fishin'. The only size of Tiger rod that I have ever found at the Bass Pro hear are the 7ft. med/hvy. ones with the real long handles. If you know of any good Tiger models for catching 7 and 8 lb. fish, yet big enough to put an Abu Garcia 7000C3 on, and bring in a 50 pound flatty, please tell me. and please share with me where I can get these rods, unless you think the 7ft. med/hvy. Tiger is the rod I need, cause in that case I'll just get that one from Bass Pro hear at home. THANKS A TON !!! Good Luck Fishin' Guys!!!