After reading what you guys use, I feel like I use some light tackle in comparison. I use a 6'6 or 7'0 ugly stik lite, medium heavy. I never really thought of these as short rods, but I don't own anything longer, so I don't know what I'm missing. Anyway, I have both rods equipped with an okuma epixor, EF 40. The 6'6 has 15lb power pro, and the 7'0 is spooled with 20. I normally use lures with these rods, and rarely throw anything heavier than an once. I primarily use storms, poppers, small bucktails, fin-s's, bombers and small metals, and both rods have no trouble heaving a 1/2 once kastmaster 150+ feet. I have used the 6'6 ugly stik for 3 seasons now, and it still hasnt broken or worn out. Both rods are 40 bucks, and for that money, they have performed exceptionally well.