Went to Bass Pro this weekend in Denver and compared the Shimano TLD 30($149) to the Phlueger Contender LD 20($89). I have to say the free spool on the Shimano was smoother in the store but I dont know if that means it will cast farther? I did read on posts that Shimano claims a 99 pound MAX DRAG. I can hold the Shimano spool with one hand and crank with the other hand on the handle and spin the drag when set on MAX! What amazed me was with the Contender LD I could not hold the spool still when set on MAX DRAG!!! I have strong hands but no way! My question is what is the max drag of the Contender LD 20?