I bought this rod before the summer so i could see if i could catch some good summer striper, rockfish where i'm from. The rod was great, but frankly I found the reel to be below average, i would constantly have troubles with the bail closing, or the drag loosening greatly after a single cast, and I began facing these problems within the first 2 weeks of having this combo. It still was a pretty functional rod for my styles of fishing, mostly lower level piers and surf fishing. By the end of the summer i ended up just to put a different reel on the rod, an Offshore angler tightline, and the rod worked like a dream, caught plenty of fish, one being 58 inches, which was one of my personal bests for surf fishing. Now im ready to start to bring in some more trophy season rockfish in October through December in the Chesapeake.
- I recommend this product.