I think that different manufactures make better rods for different fishing situations (I don’t think that there is a “best” manufacturer, only some manufacturers make better rods for certain situations). Having said that, I mostly use G.Loomis for bass, and St.Croix for striper (although, my Conoflex is my absolute favorite). For bait fishing (my “new” thing) I have a few St.Croix (pro glass, musky, and classic cat), and an Ocean Master surf rod that has preformed very well. Now, I’m thinking about a pair of Carp rods, and looking into Fox or Cabelas Predator. Anyone have any experience with these rods?