I just bought two of them back in march one was a 6'6, and the other 7'0 one piece casting rod. I like them, I've caught a couple of 20lbers on them so far and have had no issues with them. I see no reason why you couldn't land a 50 plus pounder on them. I have a Penn 9M on one, and a Shakespeare Tidewater 30 on the other. They cast great, the tips are a little stiff for circle hooks, however I've still had success using circle hooks with them. Plus for $20 you can't beat that price. Picked mine up at Gander Mtn.