I picked up an OTI 7.5 50# rod the other day and finally got around to putting a reel on it this weekend. I was a little concered that the rod would not have enough backbone but after playing with it, it should do just fine. The heavier rod may be better for strickly tuna with larger baits, but I think that the 50# will be much more versatile. I went with the 14000 Saragosa so we will see how it holds up. I played with it a little this after noon and the reel/rod setup will easily handle more drag then I am comfortable with. After 20 pounds (on the reel only) you start to hear a weird noise, I think it is the little clicker that sounds off when line is going out under drag. Has anyone removed this on their reels? I also rigged up some stick baits I purchased from Anglers Pro, I went with 3/0 Gama trebles and some with VMC ringed 4/0. Is there anyone else out there that feels like they get better hook up ratios with single hooks?