I am looking to catch a big laker this year. I have only ever hooked two big ones in my life and both got away. I have probably caught 1000 macks but the largest only a mere 24" 6.5 # out of ruedi this past season. I feel that a longer rod (around 42" or so) that is made out of about medium graphite would be a good choice because I heard the lakers won't get away so easily with a rod that can drive the hook yet support runs. Does anybody here build rods and could build me an ice rod that would support the previous information? I am willing to pay fairly good money for one.