I'm sure we've talked about this before, but what the heck it's winter time. I guess I've been catfishing for five years or so. Over that span I'd hate to think of how many cat rods I've had. To say 100 would not be over over estimating. Let's see, Shimano, Berkley, Pinnacle, American Spirit, Abu Garcia, Shimano, Moyer, Surge, Shakespeare, All Star, Mitchell, Quantum, Remmington (yes, that was my 1st Cat Rod), Cabelas, Bass Pro, Fenwick, St Croix and a couple custom rods too. One of the more popular former rods that I've never owned is a Berkley E-Cat. Catfish Connection will have them once again beginning in April of this year by the way. In the past I've had a bad habit of selling rods trying to find the perfect one for me or just for needing money. (Shut up DIP, Flathuner, Dink and Salmonid!! ) Anyways, even though I've had I believe seven St Croix Classic Cats (down to only one now) I still look for them regularly. St Croix re-released the blanks this year, they are marketed as Extra Heavy Muskie Rods, using the SCII Graphite and Fiberglass compound (make sure its the compound and not just the SCII graphite). I think they retail for $190. Of corse these days, I'm looking for the used ones for half the original price. Out of everything I've tried I guess I'd say the Classic Cats are first, but man I like Fenwick Seahawks just as well. I only have one Fenwick Seahawk. I bought it for $40 from Fisherman's Qtrs in Dayton a few years back. It's been the only rod that I would not think of voluntarily selling. The model number is SHC701MH (7 foot-one piece), rated for 15-60 # and 3-8 oz. I think if I could find 10 of these rods I'd buy all ten and sell my other, even more expensive rods. They have such a great "feel" to them. They also handle fish very nicely. Growing up I used to laugh at my dad for using Shakespeare equipment. I worked my way up to the Hunting & Fishing Manager at the local Sporting Goods store when I was 19 or so. I was into Bass fishing and all that other kind fo fishing. It it wasn't a $100+ Shimano, Team Diawa or low profile Abu reel on a St Croix rod I wasn't going to use it. That's 100% true. I used to get killer discounts through St Croix for selling so many of their rods. Heck, once the store closed I had a possible connection with St Croix's warehouse in WI for a job. I didn't pursue it since I was so young and lived at home. Anyways, you get the picture, it had to be a "high quality, high priced" item for me to use it. What a dream world I lived in then. Over the last two years I have bought more Shakespeare Ugly Stick Tiger Rods than anything else. I have the regular Tigers in MH ($60), a Tiger Lite ($65) as well as a couple Custom Tigers ($70). So now that I have a family, a job and bills, I live in reality and know price and style are not what I no longer look for. I love the Tigers for fishing out of the boat. The Tiger Lite is great for both Channels and Flatheads, which is something that's hard to find. The Custom Tigers are overkill for Channels but I really like them for Blues (even though I haven't gotten into a ton of Blues yet). The MH Tigers are perfect for Flaheads, good for Blues and still okay for Channels as they are not quite as overkill as the Customs. So in order I guess I'd have to say that my favorite Cat rods are: #1.) Fenwick Seahawk #2.) St Croix Classic Cat (real close to #1) #3.) Shakespeare Ugly Stick Tiger Lite #4.) Shakespeare Ugly Stick Tiger #5.) Shakespeare Ugly Stick Custom Tiger (yes dad would be proud that 3 of my top 5 are Shakespeare.) Let's hear it from others, what are your favorites?