Sorry for late reply, I happen to see your post couple minutes ago.
I can't give you the rod comparison between Shimano tCurve GT Special and Calstar 700XH, but i can tell you about our rod.
OTI 7'6' rod is rated for 60-80lb, and it will handle 22-25lb drag setting.
PE10 is rated for 100lb or more depend on the brand, you will be alright as long as you don't set the drag more than recommended setting on the rod.
TJ I just picked up the 7'6" conventional last night from Mike. I plan on using the rod this weekend for cod or seabass if the weather permits. I noticed that the colors are slightly different than my popping rod. Did you guys switch thread colors?