Is there a noticable difference? I need two new rods. I have two E-cat #4s and love them like my wife. LOL, Soft yet strong. I just read in my latest In-fisherman that doug caught that 9ft Gator Gar with an ugly custom rod. I was wondering if anyone knows if they have fast tips. Do the tigers have fast tips. I fish live-baits and I need that soft tip for casting and monoriting. And the backbone to handle 80lb line 2lb to 3lb bait and 5oz of lead. Plus an 80 lb flathead. Any help guys would be appreciated.