I endded up buying a better rod and reel combo. I wa s amazed how much better the rods are now with carbon fibre. Having sais that I have not had alot of time to get out and use it, given I am a 1 hour drive from the coast. But I have enjoyed the rest while I have been out fishing between casts. I will still use my kite if the conditions are right and also as a means to cast my line further. As I have said in an earlier post I will apply the ethics I fish by to ensure that the fish stock is not abused and that everything I catch I eat or return safe to the sea.