[QUOTE=Diver Dan;507366]... I just think it's better to be overgunned than under gunned.
Dan's got it right in more ways than one
Since some of the States best smallie fishing is within a few miles from me...I fish for them 90% of the time. My go to rod is a Med-Fast 9' 6/7 I built a few years back. It will throw everything up to and including large poppers.
Largest smallie this year was only a 17' but last year I got 2 back to back 22".