I am on a limited budget since I have been on L & I since Aug of 08, and have started to upgrade my gear from the Walmart specials I have been using. I just got 2 - 9' Medium Heavy Whuppin Sticks from the Cabella's, put Okuma Avenger 55 a's on both (got a great del on them, $35 each) & had em strung with 50 lb Power Pro. I prefer spinning reels, since I can't figure out how not to make a mess of baitcasters every time. Last year I caught most of my cats on my 6' ugly sticks & 12 lb mono, fishing an area where the cats come to spawn, on a lighted bobber set up using cut Pikeminnow. So far the biggest channel cat I have caught from the bank was 26 lbs, but I have heard where I can get some 30 lbers in the spring. My plan is to fishing more often below or behind the local dams on the Columbia & Snake rivers than I have been doing. I hope these set ups will be able to handle 4-8 oz of weight & 30-40 lb fish.