I have used my 7000c3 for 2 years and love the reel, always wanted one and my wife got me one. Now I want a BG 9000 or 10000, even a BG 7000 might do. Now for my own benefit is it worth spending the extra 40.00 bucks on the BG reels, I don't have a boat where I can really fish for large cats, however I do live in O'FALLON Illinois 20 miles from ST. LOUIS so I guess I could do alot of river fishing. But really most of my fishing is on the lakes, but if I decide to fish the river would the 7000c3 be enough or do I need one of the big games. Reason for all the questions is I want to buy a new reel when BASS PRO has there sale on bring in a working reel and get so much off a new one. Bought my Penn 320 GT2 last year, also have a Quantum Iron, Penn Jigmaster 500 (one of the old ones in mint conditions), and 3 other smaller ambassadeur reels.