My dad is a stubborn man. He wants a closed face reel and does not want to learn baitcasters. He said "If you give me one of those, I will throw the dam thing in the water." Birdsnests and him don't go hand in hand. I need a closed faced reel that can handle the big cats. I had him made a custom rod from Black and Blue for Christmas.. and he wants a closed faced reel to put on it. oooh: Any suggestions?