Cool, I had looked at the lower profile reels, like the shimano's and such, but I was drawn to the Abu Garcia. I didn't know too much about it but when I checked it out, it seemed very smooth and sturdy. Was a bit pricey but if it is a good reel I never mind paying the price for it.work2fish said:I've got a few Abu Garcia baitcaster reels and I like them a lot. They are reliable and smooth. I also use some of the lower profile baitcasters and the Abu's compare favorably to those.