Purchased 1 week ago to pair with a spinning reel with 12lb test for fishing primarily channel catfish in the city ponds (1-3 lb average fish w/ VERY occasional up to 5 lb). 1st trip the rod performed as other reviews have stated; great feel and sensitivity. 2nd trip yesterday evening, first fish, just as I was about to pull the cat onto the shore, "SNAP!" There was no gunk or structure in the water. The fish weighed 1.5 lbs. Pole was a 7ft 2 piece medium action. According to Berkely's warranty page, I have to send them more money for them to ship me back the warrantied product. I don't want another one, I want a refund to spend my money on a better product. I hope the retailer comes through for me because Berkely doesn't.