Price Paid: 90
Pros: Durable, heavy duty, saltwater toughI think this reel is a great piece of machinery. It has performed flawlessly on the 7 foot medium action Ugly Stik lite that I have it paired with. I like the graphite body, although some might like the metal body better, the graphite won't suck the heat out of your hands during a colder day of fishing, if you fish during the winter. I casts great, reels in smooth and the drag is one of the best. It's not as smooth as some of the other reels in the price range, but it's not far off from them either, and I honestly think it's made of better components. Anodized handle and spool along with stainless shaft keep it corrosion free. It requires very little maintenance, just a quick rinse and an lube job once a year and you'll be set for years of dependable performance. The only reason I'm not giving this a 10 is because it doesn't have a line keeper on the spool. When I get back from a day of fishing in saltwater I like to cut the lure off, rinse the lure, reel back the remaining line and clip it to the spool. Then as I rinse the reel I also turn the handle to spin the housing to make sure anything that might have gotten in a crevice gets worked out.
The previous reviewer suggested that although he liked the reel he might go with the 430 size instead for inshore. That's fine and a friend of mine thinks the same as him, but I've always fished inshore, light/medium tackle and I think this is the perfect size for inshore. I mean no disrespect Jeff.
If you hook into a good size drum, you want the extra spool capacity this reel has (i.e. 200 yards of 10 pound mono) as opposed to the 430 spool which holds 200 yards of 6 pound mono. Each person has their own preferance, some like a lighter feel and lighter equipment, I prefer a light to medium feel on mine for inshore. The 430 would make an excellent light/ultralight reel though, IMO.