Had a litlte tme to get on the water yesterday with the new rod this Emmrod CQC is really something. Casting distance and control is wonderful plus the rod is just super for topwater lures like spooks or poppers. I had a blast casting it all over the place into pockets near brush and down narrow creeks. For kayak fishing no fishing rod out there is so handy and so tough. For this ssession I had it rigged with a Shimano 300D casting reel loaded with 20lb Fireline with a short section of 20lb mono or fluorocarbon leader material. Now I need some huge fish to cooperate and blow one of my big topwaters right off the surface for a battle royal.