I matched this with an ugly stick 7' medium inshore extreme rod. Really like this setup for freshwater bass and the planned usage of salt water trout, redfish, and flounder with artificial bait. Fishing from Paddle boards and kayaks. Pros. Smooth operation. Really smooth and consistent drag. Using it with 15# braid.
Cons. Lower stated line capacity than other 30s. Spool is not "braid ready". I usually back with mono anyway, so not a big deal. A little more "slop" in the anti reverse than I was expecting for a reel of this price. I expected none, and there is a tiny bit. Other: Drag is lower strength than others, but fine for the stated line sizes. I don't think a reel this size needs a huge drag, but it seems many want to be able to stop a truck. With 10# mono or 15# braid drag on this reel is more than adequate to snap the line. First time out hooked into a 4.5 # bass on 2nd cast a drug him out of the weeds without incicdent. Drag worked flawlessly. There was no rod jerk and bounce as the drag slipped and stopped like on my other reels. I researched for a while. So far, I would buy again, but it hasn't hit the salt water yet.
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