I had my first outing with this rod on the weekend. In total I fished for about 7 hours, seas were at times lumpy and this rod worked perfectly casting Dolives up to Savage Gear Seekers, it didn't miss a beat. Although no massive fish were landed it dealt with all captures brilliantly, it gave me the confidence to bully fish around the rocks when needed but also a very forgiving bend ensuring no fish were bounced off the hook. Early verdict is very good but need more sessions to prove in different situations. Typical Shimano build quality, very clean and precise.