This rod will surprise the heck out of you when you first pick it up, it is so well balanced, light and lots of backbone! This is my work horse rod for alabama rigs and heavy swimbaits to include glide baits. With a longer handle on the rod it really makes it so comfortable to throw an A-rig all day. Where this rod shines is being able to cast so far with ease but still very precise when using A-rigs. We all know how forward facing technology has changed A-rig fishing and I can place my bait exactly where it needs to be so I can catch any fish in the water column! A MUST have rod if you fish A-rigs or heavy glide baits.