Makes sense, I know Kil Song from a friends forum, he's always showing pics of those rods bent in a U to show their power. From what I've seen the BH stuff is built for the fight, a little stiffer than the Japanese style, maybe those type of rods are the way to make it work in these conditions, because yes, our environment & fishery is somewhat similar.Caught a number of big lings in AK using BH Cape Cod SPJ and Challenger Bank. Have not fished NorCal in many years but believe AK is somewhat similar to the Farallons. Numerous BH pics on Icy Bay Lodge reviews in AK section.
Although I prefer to fish the coastline and shallower than out at the islands.