I have a 7' gold med-hvy that is 2 yrs old. I mostly throw a chatterbait with it and have caught several 4 to 5 lb class fish that I've had to lift up on the bank at least 2 feet. This rod has performed brilliantly for me. It is the only non G Loomis rod I fish with. But on the same note, I'm afraid to buy another even at the low prices they are now selling for.