angry john wrote:i would not go with a ML only because i think the power of the ET rods is less then the same rated st croix. My medium , fast action pole is more of a medium light than a medium when compared to a croix. I love it, don't get me wrong, it is just a tad over rated on power. I have handled some decent sized fish including a 9lb carp, but its not full of gusto. I would never try and power a decent sized smallmouth out of cover with my rod. By decent i mean 16 inch or greater!
You are correct, St.Croix under rates their rod line up, a St.Croix ML is everyone elses medium, Abu Garcia V series ros are the same way, their medium is more like a medium heavy. I did find my medium elite tech smallmouth rod to have an astonishing amount of power for how light it is, and the blanks just feel alive in my hands and the price can't be beat.