I have 5 209s and 4 309s. I use them for flat line, bottom and trolling. I have the 209s paired with medium action rods and loaded with 30lb braid. I have the 309s paired with roller guide rods and loaded with 50lb braid. I would not use any other reels. I have caught Tuna, Dorado, Grouper, Snapper, Redfish with these reels over the years. Just keep them cleaned and oiled and they will never let you down.