Ok heres the deal. I'm going to have SaltyDog rap me a rod. I want to go with an 8' rod, to put my MXJ loaded with 25# test on it. I have looked at seeker and calstar blanks. What would be the best 8' blank to pair this reel up with? I bought a Big 5 cheep 8' rod to see if I like 8'ers as Iam used to 7'ers. I like haveing the extra leverage so I'm going to have a nice one built, just would like to hear from you guys on what your 8' baits sticks are and how you like them. The big 5 rod will still get used as a Hoe stick, for some of my buddy's that dont have any rods of there own.