While fishing the surf (from the 'rocks') I like to cast 3/4 to 1 1/2 oz as far as possible. I need to be able to lift, from heights, sea bass and such up to 4 pounds in weight. I use a 'rope gaff' for heavier fish. My preferred reel is always casting type with ABU 5500 cs mag being favorite. Casting lead head jigs, no bait, and chucking for hours at a time, so the lightest rod that can be had for the constraints listed. Like a longer rod, say 10' range. It appears the steelhead/salmon blanks are the only ones that offer the length I want while handling the casting weight range I use. So, question is ----anything wrong with using steelhead/salmon rod/blank. In the surf rod selections it appears that longer rods are reserved for heavier casting weights. Why is that? Any recommendations? I presently use a non-lami salmon rod and while it does quite well, I would like to upgrade.