"I own one"
As an owner of a "Surf Striker", my recommendation is to get one before there all gone. I purchased mine before last season using it right into Christmas in the surf, morning, noon & night. Used it with both bait & plugs. Has good action considering price... remember Cabela's isn't K-Mart, they design, manufacture & sell thousands of rods which are modelled after much more expensive brands using the same principles in actually building these rods. I bought the 11' model which I customized by adding a 2" long piece of lead shot(weighing 6oz.) which is consealed by a slip on hand grip down on the base of the rod. This tip passed on to me by a local "surf rat guru", serves as a virtual rocket launcher when casting bait & plugs up against the best of them at about 1/3 the price! Since strippers & bluefish don't care "who's serving up the meal... there only interested in the menu" when they have the feed bag on! Save the rest of your cash for tackle, bait, waders & beach permits... or match your rod with a "Penn 706Z" reel, a perfect match for this rod. Good Luck... "FEAR NO FISH" & remember to take a kid fishing..."Louie the Lure"