I didn't know that this reel does not have a shift lever to disengage the anti-reverse. My fault for not checking before making my purchase. But since I'm a beginner fisherman I won't miss this feature, and the great sale price (about $60) would have convinced me to buy this combo anyways. I like the large reel size because it holds a lot of line and retrieves plenty of line with each crank of the handle. This is a great feature because previously I had been using some old spinning reels that I had to crank twice as much to get them to retrieve the same length of line. It gets old cranking so much every time you cast and retrieve, so this real if far better in this respect! I suppose that on paper the Penn Fierce 6000 is the correct reel to match with the medium heavy action rod that comes in this combo. But for my fishing excursions which are mostly from piers along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, I would have been just as happy (or happier) with a medium action rod. This is my current opinion probably because I have not caught any 'big fish' yet, and lighter action rods are generally better for the smallish fish (white trout, croakers, etc.) I've been catching lately.
Buy hey, if I take this combo out into deeper water on my friend's boat some day, I'll probably be glad I got the medium heavy rod ... or I might even wish for a heavy or extra heavy rod if I hook up a big fish! All in all I an very happy with this combo so far. The reel is very smooth. The anti-reverse is 100% and allows absolutely no backward reeling. The drag works great. And apparently all it takes to keep a Penn saltwater reel like this working for a good long time is a freshwater rinse after each trip, then let it air dry overnight, and hit it with a bit of WD-40 the next day when it is dry. And the occasional disassembly, cleaning and re-greasing of course. One issue you may want to note. The first two times I rinsed this reel with freshwater I left the rod standing up against the side of my house to dry. This allowed some water to become trapped under the drag knob on the top of the reel. I discovered this when I picked up the combo the next day and noticed water run out of this location. So now I hang the rod and reel horizontally after rinsing it. This seems to allow the water to drain out of the top of the reel, which theoretically should help to prevent corrosion.
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