It has some serious shoulders


I’ve been using the 7-foot, 6-inch medium heavy-action Viper and to put it plainly, you can flat-out cross their eyes with this rod. Even on a long cast with a Carolina rig or football jig, the responsive tip quickly transfers into a powerful backbone that makes insanely quick work of long-distance hooksets. 

This model would also be a great choice for shallow-water anglers for applications such as flipping, pitching, swim jigs and bladed jigs. It has plenty of tip that allows for excellent bite detection and vibration transmission, but when it’s time to lay the wood to ’em, you can wrench ’em out of thick cover with about half the hook-setting power of some other rods I’ve used.