Ok here goes decided to purchase a ugly cat rod , now just out of curiosity what is the differance between the black uglies and the white ones do they make the white ones with heavier duty components for them to throw their casting weights of 1-3 oz. i couldnt tell by holding the classic 7 ft. casting rod as opposed to the ugly cat side by side . line ratings on the cat are hevier also is their that much of a differance as far as fish handling ability ? that also brings another question to mind for those of you that use these rods for fast current/flathead fishing where more than 3oz. may be needed plus your bull head or sun fish bait do these rods handle it or do you use a different set up in these instances ? My ugly cat will be used for channel cats and maybe some other fresh water giants of the north country carp , sheep head since they seem to like my lines the past couple of years and occasional live or dead bait pike fishing . but was wondering how these rods pulled and handled various other whisker fish duties . Considering the 8 ft. model only if i can handle one first . It will replace my medium power Big cat rod that i have my doubts about now , and be mated to my penn 210 with 25 # mono since i just spooled it up a couple days ago . plaese all comments wil be appreciated and thanks again in advance.