For what it's worth, I'm trolling reliable spoons 75% of the time using a Penn Slammer SC2701 7' rod w/ carboloy guides and a 113 h w/300' of 025 wire and this rod works like you would not believe. I've caught 6 fish over 50 lbs, countless 40 plus pound bass and a ton of fish smaller than that since I stumbled on this setup 5 years ago. The reliable spoons have a recommended speed range of 1.9 to 2.3 kts but I've caught at up to 3.5 kts. The rod has a very soft tip and throbs really well. You know when you're dialed in, believe me. It's unmistakable.
The only drawback to this rod is I'm having to get the guides repoxied every 2 years as well as the foam butt section replaced because my rod holder is tearing up the butt when the rod is doubling over and leaves a crease and then tears. I replace the perko rod holder insert every year but it happens anyway. I guess these may be real good problems to have.