IBEW, save the rod for bait fishing. Capt. Neil, that's an interesting way to determine if the rod is build for your body size. I think not all of the All Star Breakaway rods are made the same. The St. Croix rods are very good rods, built with more care. The Breakaway rod you and my friend described is very similiar to one of my Ugly Stik rod. My Ugly Stik is long enough but the tip lacks a backbone to flex back and forth during a cast.