The AC73MHF is a very specialized baitcasting model in this popular series. The 7-foot, 3-inch rod retracts to 6 feet, 2 inches for locker storage or travel. Billed as a pitching and light flipping stick, it features a slightly shorter 10-inch grip that medium-frame anglers should like. The rod’s uses might range from Carolina-rigging to working weedless lures in heavy vegetation for bass. The panel gave it high scores as a bass rod: ‘more heavy duty than medium heavy’ and ‘great for intended purposes.’ Some commented that the guides seemed light for the heavy work, however. ‘Well balanced and a nice pitching rod,’ came the final word.