For the last few weeks I wrestled with the choice of popping rod to match with one of two Stella 20Ks I have. (The other 20K is on a JM500). Although I could have bought a Stella 10K for the popping setup, I don't own a lot of equipment and I like to be able to mix and match. So both 20Ks have JB 60# hollow Spectra, which performs like PE8 line (which is to say it's stronger and thicker than its rating). Finally it came down to the Tuna Sniper 40/60 versus the 60/80--a good argument can be made for either. I ended up with the 40/60 because it's designed for lures in the weight range I use and, I think that my personal "MAX DRAG" drag on a long popping rod is about 20 pounds. I ordered it a week ago from JigNPop and it arrived a few days later from OTI. Although the rod is rated for a fighting drag of 17-18 pounds and a maximum drag of 20 pounds, I conservatively (rod tip never brought above the butt) test lifted 20 pounds. This is a strong rod and it could go further than 20. The rod has a 34" grip and I've got 37" sleeves. But even with a low belt, the greatest practical distance I can reach out and have leverage over the rod is about 32". Here are the efficiency specs I measured: 20 pounds Grip length 32" Bent length of rod (measured out horizontally): 77 inches Efficency: 42% Top Hand Load: 48 pounds (Under the same 20 pound conditions: JM500 Top Hand Load: 37 pounds; St. Croix SWS 7' Top Hand Load: 54 pounds) I took it to a football field and tested Casting distance with 4 ounces. Again, this was with the Stella 20K, the 110 pound actual breaking strength line, a 12' 160# Spectra pre-leader, and a 9 foot, 80 pound fluorocarbon leader. Without busting a gut, the casting distance was over 85 yards. With lighter line and a smaller class reel, 100 yards would be easy to achieve. (For reference, I get about 70 yards with 2 ounces on the 7' St. Croix.) Lastly, I got out fishing yesterday and had the chance to cast at some distant breaking fish (no joy for me) with a 2 ounce lure. I guess-timate the distance at 70 yards and I easily cast over the school. For me, this is a good rod for the money. Thanks to TJ and Kil for the good service.