wader, is this a new or used outfit? Reason I ask, if it is new, in the price range of the Senator Rods, I think a better "off the shelf" choice would be from Bass Pro Shops, Offshore Angler, Ocean Master Series Rods. I would have to see the rod, but it sounds like the reel is a bit much for that rod. The 6/0 - 9/0 Senator Reels are great reels, and would venture to say that the Senator series have probably accounted for more large fish over the years, including I.G.F.A. World Records, then any other reel on the market.