With megaseas offshore I'm reduced to fiddling with tackle. My intention here is to match reels with rods, and pair them up so that both rod and reel reach their limits at about the same time. I have two Shimano Trevala rods that I tested with a spring scale, to determine the max drag each rod could sustain before it "bottomed out". That is, I increased the drag until I was able to make the line touch the rod, then measured how much drag it took. It turned out the TVC-66H maxed out at 12#, while the TVC-58XH maxed out at 18#. This is what I would expect... the XH is stronger than the H. What confuses me is the way Shimano rates them in recommended jig weight. They say the TVC-66H, the lightest rod, is best with 270-325 gram jigs. They say the heavier TVC-58XH is best with 160-270 gram jigs. Why would Shimano recommend heavier jigs for a rod that can only handle 12# of drag, and lighter jigs for a rod that can handle 18# of drag? It seems logic would suggest that rods that can deal with more drag should also perform best with heavier jigs. If fact, it seems heavier jigs would be required to get the right action from a stiffer rod. Ideas?