Today I bought some new gear. I plan on fishing it this weekend so a full report is coming. Last time I fished I had a bit of a problem with my Penn 930. It's old and owes me nothing but I don't think it needs anything but a good cleaning and a lube job. With that in mind, I had the only excuse I needed to invest in a new rig. Fishing the river at the cabin is yielding smaller cats.. 3-7 pounds. With that in mind I wanted a lighter quicker rig than I normally fish. I am still all hung up on the baitcast reel and all excited about the new technology since I last shopped. After much looking and net research I went with a Diawa Tatula 100HS. It's a smaller baitcaster boasting a 7.3;1 gear ratio and max drag of 13.2 pounds. Holds 150 yds of 12 lb or 100 yds of 16 lb. I filled it with my normal 17 pound trilene. I don't know why but that's my go to weight of line. ...fisherman's superstitions. Like seven twists in my knots... Can't say it's helped any but that's just the way with it. I put a few cast on it and think it's ready for the river. We'll see... I put the new Diawa on a 7'3" heavy Abu Garcia Vendetta Next Generation. It's a IntraCarbon rod with stainless eyes with zirconium inserts. I think the rod and reel will be perfect to snap the faces off of the smaller cats.