So many decent rods out there...and junk. I have tried many. My biggest problem w many rods is the warranty. So many expensive rods w a 1 year warranty. Ridiculous. I would look at the Howk bullfighter 250 (lifetime warranty), the Phenix Meglodon (love mine), or a Vanstaal Vs 70-500(discontinued). The Centaur & Jigging World rods are great for the money. I love saltywatertackle obx rods, but a 1 yr warranty for an $800 rod is Ridiculous.