I recently order some new carpin' rods/reels from www.bigcarptackle.com. Picked up two Shimano Big Baitrunner LC and two Fox Warrior elite rods. It's the most I've ever spent on a combo and well worth it. Only thing I'm having trouble with so far is over casting. I'm used to my 4500 shimanos, which are very good reels, but not meant for distance casting.