Well, I ended up booking my tickets down to TN for my April 1 trip. The big stripers recently started to show up in numbers...I should be hitting it dead on!!! Hopefully I can tie on to one of those 40# fish!! I just got done building a new Lamiglas casting rod for them....hopefully it works!!! I think I may break down and buy a Calcutta 4000 reel for this rod. At any rate, will post my results upon my return. Hopefully I have similar results as my trip from Nov.