After a lifetime of fishing with cheap spinning reels, I finally got the courage to buy a baitcast reel. I had grown up with horror stories of how they were difficult to use and unreliable. But after watching so many professionals on TV use them with confidence, I thought if they could do it I could too. Abu Garcia makes it easy to learn. There are a million online videos of tips and tricks, go check some out. After spooling up for the first time and learning how to adjust the magnetic brake and drag, I was off and fishing. On the first day, I did one or two (or five) little overruns completely due to user error. This is still a very forgiving reel to a first timer. On the second day, I didn't have a single one. 6 months later and I'm fishing like a pro, or at least I look the part with an Abu Garcia in hand. I would recommend this to anglers of any skill level, as a first baitcast or as another weapon in their arsenal. Good build quality, easy to use and all at an amazing price. Would you just buy one already, you already know you're going to.