I understand the perception that longer rods give more leverage over the fish, however that is completely incorrect. Longer rods are made to facilitate longer casting distance, and have nothing to do with power. Here is POWER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_it62G0QnA&NR=1 9:52 and worth the time. Teaser, then commercial, then fishing starts at 2:35. Here is distance (325 yard cast): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8IoCbZvj_0 "Bait" is 14' from rod tip, which means it's a pretty stiff rod.