yessir Rick, the OTI jigging rod was used with a shimano spheros. I really liked using that setup. Here is a photo with Capt Eddie + crewman josh with your hardware. You've got some great products, thanks.
p.s. couldnt find any photos with the popper hanging out of the mouth, but there is some video when the fish comes boatside. I'd be happy to send you whatever hi-res video or photos you'd like. (attached is a screen shot from the video)