First off I had only used spinning reels before I purchased the silver max2, I wanted more diversity and decided a baitcaster was in order. There was a learning curve involved, I had to get used to the feel of this style of reel.
My wife thought I was crazy but at midnight I tied on a 3/4 oz weight and practiced fine tuning my reel, and slowly casting. It took a bit but I got the hang of it, backlash is now minimal to none. So I went fishing at 7:00 am at my favorite local farm pond.
The advantage of being able to feel your line get taps I never felt before, and have the great torque power of this reel truly doubled the amount of fish. Great product I now feel like a pro! and what a great price! I will be getting more Abu Garcia baitcasters!