This rod was designed for catching big walleye down deep with the JawJacker. I would also recommend it for small to medium sized pike and lake trout. It will easily handle fish in the 5 to 20 lb range. It works well with 8-14 lb test line and will set 3/16 oz. jig heads and up to size 2 treble hooks well in 30-40 feet of water. It has the same handle length as the 36″ spinning rod and falls right between the 31″ spinning rod and 36″ spinning rod in stiffness and hook setting power.