do you need a 309 to just have a bluegill sitting? I have 2 309s and they get big bait 1LB and up, thats quite a big reel for just a bluegill. Maybe you should try a Penn 320GT2 or Ming CL70, I have 2 320GT2s and 4 Ming CL70s/2 CL60s, the mings can handle anything you can through at them. They are just a suggestion but far from junk, nothing in its price range can touch it except maybe an Okuma 450L or Shakespere Arsenal 20 HD. The Penn 309s new are $70, Penn 320GT2-$90, Ming CL70-$45, Ming CL60-$35, Abu 7000i for $100 Okuma 450Ls-$45, Shakespere Arsenal HD-$45. Good luck with your decision.