Greetings -- I'm looking to make a monetary commitment to my hobby. I want to buy a rod and reel that I'll have for awhile. Right now, I'm fishing a 6'6" Cherrywood (medium) and an Abu Garcia 255 Cardinal reel. It is nice, but a bit loose and not quite as sensitive as I'd like. Also, the reel leaves a bit to be desired in smoothness. I've fished other set-ups, a Shimano Stimula w/ an Okuma reel, and way back when I was learning to fish, a Zebco combo. But, now I actually earn enough money to buy some nice gear, so I'd like to invest/commit to the nicest rod and reel I've ever owned. I mainly fish with soft plastics but also use spinners and crankbaits. On occasion, I fish from a canoe, but have never fished from a bass boat in my life. I'd like to give it a try someday. I suppose it's like a canoe, but bigger... I'd like this to be my goto rig and I want to love it. I'm leaning towards a spinning set-up considering my fishing style. Any suggestions? Thanks!