I was a little skeptical about venturing away from my go-to rods, but I was not disappointed once I started using my Tsunami Carbon Shield II. I paired the 7’6” medium-heavy with one of my kastking megatron 4000s and it is an absolute match made in heaven. It casts amazing, it is perfectly balanced and is incredibly sensitive along with being an absolute workhorse for the big Chesapeake Bay stripers. I love the fit and finish of the rod and having the aluminum reel seat gave me even more confidence with big hook sets and blowups stripers are notorious for. If you are on the fence about this rod, please rest assured that you will not be disappointed with any aspect of the Carbon Shield II. I know that I am definitely sold and I will be replacing all of my saltwater setups over to the Carbon Shield II in the next year. SWE, get ready for some more orders!