Once I sold a lot of older reels, rods, and lures, I bought newer and more modern items, with the Penn Fierce being the reel. Ever since I started using it, I have absolutely fallen in love with it!
I got to test the drag system on it for the first time in July 2013 while freshwater fishing. I battled a 19" 6 pound 1 ounce largemouth bass with a 2000 model rigged with 6 pound mono. Another good battle was a 2000 model with 10 pound braid landing a 36" striped bass weighing 17 pounds 7 ounces.
The reel can go through a lot of heavy usage as long as it's rinsed and kept well taken care of. The only issue I've noticed with the reel is the bail getting a bit loose after a lot of heavy usage.