I have used spincast reels my entire life and have only on a few small occasions tried a baitcast but that was only for bass. I have been reading and I think this summer since I'm going to be puting allot of time in for big cats. I think that I want to convert to a baitcast but don't know much about them. Also I will be primarily fishing from the bank. I figure I'll get it while it's still cold out so I can get used to casting it with just a weight so I at least have some idea what I'm doing when the time comes. I will be using an 8 foot pole and want something that can handle a trophy cat yet won't break my pocketbook. I know I'm asking allot but if you could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.