Have one of these that I use as my lighter gear catfishing rig. It's the white Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish casting pole, the kind you can usually find at WalMart for $30. After about 6 months of use, I can say it's been battle tested, and I gotta give it a thumbs down because of the guides. I haven't caught a big fish on this pole, but I've found some of my guides bent way up or down, and the eye of one of my guides fell out the other day.:angry: I have Ugly Stik Tigers, and they are TOUGH. Gonna find some lighter versions of the Tiger to replace this pole. I know alot of you have had good results with this pole, but this is just my experience with them. I won't be buying them again.