I haven't really decided on the rod yet. Probably go with an 8.5 footer, fast action heavy power. I've been considering a Tackle Industries but haven't made my mind up yet. I've got a couple large baitcasters but they are older round reels and their size doesn't bother me but they aren't nearly as comfortable as a low profile which is why I was looking into the Lexas. I heard that Okuma has a good musky reel too but I'm partial to the Diawas since they have always performed well for me.