I use this rod primarily for stripers and blue fish, but also blackfish as well as any other species in the north east. let me tell you that this rod absolutely DOMINATES the fish. it has a lot of power and is extremely comfortable as well as light. for the price, you'd be foolish to buy a different rod. Do your self a favor and don't over look this rod simply because its not a house-hold name like shimano or st. croix. this rod is just as good if not better!!!! i will slowly be switching all my rods over to these.
I bought a Penn Fathom 12 for my deep sea fishing. I couldnt really find the right rod for it until I found the sloopster SLJ66MH. It is absolutely perfect. When I bring it on the trips, some people laugh and ask why I brought my bass rod on a grouper fishing trip. On my last trip, that "little bass rod" caught the biggest red snapper of the trip at 20 lbs and on the trip before that, I caught the biggest grouper of the day on it and won the pool. It does it all and it does it well. I cant wait to get another one.
Put a Penn Fathom 15LD2 on a 66XH and love it. Handled a 23 lber like nobody's business. Great set up and didn't break the bank.
I used the Sloopster MH for some bassing off Eaton's Neck last week and was totally impressed with their responsiveness! The rods performed better than I expected, and I managed to land two fish over 25 pounds. I'd definitely recommend these to anyone!
Love these rods!