Well a quick report on the Shock Rod I bought. I got the 7' MH Fast action. Fished Friday but hit a smaller river for smallies and only took spinning gear with me.
Saturday fished a lake with a local club. Loved how the rod performed. Sensitivity was great especially with the exposed blank. Very nice balance considering I am still using a Quantum reel I bought back in the mid 90's that is heavier and sits higher than the new models. Did some practice casting in the yard on Thursday with both braid and mono, both did great, same thing on the water. Guides are very smooth, was using some Spiderwire Stealth braid, really liked how it is performing. Quiet as the PP I normally use if not a tad quieter.
Didn't hook into any fish, in fact of 14 guys fishing in the group only 3 fish were caught
couple of dinks and a 12"er. Talk about sloooowwwwwww
Did manage to get hung up in the weeds pretty good a few times and decided to make like I was setting the hook. The rod has a very good backbone.
Anyway, anyone looking for a decent rod in the $40 to $50 range (depending where you buy it) I would give the Berkley Lighting Rod Shock a thumbs up