I purchased the 4000 series for inshore on the gulf coast. The design and price are what got my attention to this reel. Out of the box, it was lightweight and clean, came with a breakdown guide of the reel, and how to care for the reel. I spooled it with 22 lb braid, on a 7'2" medium/fast action rod. The spool was easy to put braid on with no backing. Tested this is 3/4 oz spoon, the casting was great, threw it about a hundred times, and no issues at all. Retrieval, it did not feel like a 3/4 spoon, much lighter feel. Pulled in two specs and a red, with no issues. The reel did not bog down with the weight, I even got hung on something and pulled the boat to it to get it unhooked. The drag was great, I set it light just to test it out and tightened it during a fight and it was very smooth and responsive. The handle and grip are comfortable, no play in the handle nor the anti-reel. Love this reel, even my buddy who has Penn reels loved it and want to get one for himself.
- Edward A. Martin