Have used and owned Shakespeare products for 50+ years & used their "Catfish rod" about 5 times over the last 1-1/2 yr. About 10 inches down from the tip while leading a black drum into the net, the rod fiberglass splintered & broke. It somewhat of a shame that the rod blank did not last any longer than 5 trips. I have fished since I was 6 yrs old and landed a many of big redfish, catfish & other species, I know how to fish! Seems as if the company would offer more than a 1 year warranty, the rest of the rod looks brand new, I think it was a faulty blank. Consider your options before purchasing this rod.