So I used to fish a whole lot more when I was younger than I do now. I also now live in a part of Texas where lakes are pretty much non-existent whereas growing up Whitney, Aquilla, Tradinghouse, and Navarro Mills were just down the road. Most of my gear that I bought back then was a Shimano reel and a Bass Pro Shops Bionic Blade or Extreme rod. I think they're still pretty good rods but I have a couple that need to be replace. One rod is missing a guide, another broke on my last kayaking trip, and another has a crack in the glass around a guide. I've been looking alternative choices to try something new and I'm interested in what people have to say about the Lew's rods, specifically the American Hero and Speed Stick series and also the St. Croix Mojo Bass rods.
All 3 are in my price range which of course the American Hero is on the lower end which is a plus. I don't get to fish as much as I would like so value is important too.