ok. after being in here for a few days i decided to give baitcastng reels a try. so far it hasn't been all that bad. a friend of mine had an old ocean city 922c in his shed that he gave to me (free is always nice, that way if i suck at it i'm not out money). well i cleaned it up, spooled it up, reread all the how too's, set the brake, made a few short casts with no problem. then the fun started, i made a few respectable 30yd casts and got cocky. needless to say it cost me about 10-15 min peeling out a rats nest ... lol. well, i'm not going to give up yet. nobody learns to drive in a day and though i may not have the best reel on the market, it should work till i get the hang of it.