The 808 magnum is a good reel for channels. I have 3 of them. Never had a problem with them. Had one Hawg Seeker. If thats the one with the bite alert then I wouldn't waste your money. Cool concept but they really are junk. They will last a little while, but first, the bite alert goes to chit and then the plastic cover starts to fall apart. Mine lasted for maybe 6 fishing trips. Then I threw it away. If you get an 808, be sure it's the magnum version. They have a metal front cover. I hope this helps.
Wow thats to bad Randy , My son had his probaly 3_4 years now i changed the battery twice and the reel never failed him yet . Yes its the one with the bite alert too lol He must of got one that was made on a monday when the workers were feeling good
i have a hawg seeker with the bait alert and it hauled in a 20 lb blue i was runnin 15 lb mono ..with a 4 ft 25lb leader ....it has let me down i have had it 2 years and the original rod(which right after i bought it i wrapped it ) and i throw 4 ounce sinkers with 5/0 up to 10/0 circle hooks on it and it is a good reel not the smoothest but as long as it gets the job done thats all that matters to me ....drag is perfect on mine...and yes i tore out the bait alert guts ...no need for that...sending the sound waves down the line :)
I had an 808 Boss Hawg for years just gave it to my little bro last year-reeled in plenty of cats and bass with it-biggest cat caught on it was a 20LB Channel when one of my buddies went fishing with me from the bank in Va. I also have a Hawg Seeker that I use for channels on a lake however I have the spinning version-its loaded with 40LB PP and casts like a dream and has handled anything I've tossed at it-decent reels in my book-50LB Cats? not on the 808 but I dont think I would have a problem with the hawg seeker