well, i did it. i broke down and bought a baitcaster reel. it's a saltwater reel made by offshore angler. it was an el cheapo jobber i found at bass pro shops. i needed something that would hopefully handle a wels cat on a wife restricted budget. it seems pretty heavy duty, but i was wondering if there's anything you all could tell me that would be helpful. you spool it just like a spinning reel right? tie off on the spool and reel in under slight tension? anything you all could tell me would be appreciated. i played with it already for about 10 minutes, so i think i've got all the knobs save one figured out. the one i haven't figured out yet, all it seems to do is make it click louder when you reel it in. i still need to flip through the manual, maybe i'll learn something there.