I can't tell you how many times I get asked this question. These are totally different Rods. For brute strength of dragging a fish in NOT playing it you can't beat the 2x4 qualities of a Phenix. Stiff as a board but great for hauling up a huge butt from the Alaskan waters in short order, no nonsense, as we like to say a point A to Point B rod no BS. If want to play the fish and require the strike to be telegraphed for a modest live bait stop the Cal-Star Graphfighter can't be topped. Both great Rods just designed for different applications. That said when I'am on a hot live bait stop for Albie's I go with the heavy lumber stick (Phenix) and forget playing them. Hope that helps.