The past five years have seen an influx of truly great rods at the $100-$150 price point. At this pricing we now see rods that are seriously lightweight, super sensitive and strong as heck. For your consideration I would like to submit the Okuma TCS (Tournament Concept Series) into that already crowded arena (that’s a good thing!). Stand out features include, above all, a limited lifetime warranty. The second main attraction to the TCS line up is the looks….these rods were designed to turn heads…bar none. If you are strictly a function over form kind of person than I have good news as well because this series is a solid performer. While I can only comment directly on the model I own here (7′ Medium+) I can tell you that I’m really impressed by it. Perhaps the most notable feature common to almost all the rods in the TCS line is the moderate or moderate/fast taper. These rods are allegedly designed by Scott Martin and their design implements his philosophy of “keeping fish buttoned up” aka, having a rod with enough give to not rip hooks out. In a bass market dominated by mostly fast action rods I’m happy to see a series that caters to those anglers who prefer a somewhat softer and slower taper to their rod. Overall, I feel the TCS series is a winner. BUT, when you consider that by shopping around you can find this rod for around $90 (with that lifetime warranty) you have a home-run product. Good looks, good performance, exceptional warranty!