I have a Red ABU- Garcia 6000 I just bought new this year. The brake seems to either be to loose or to stiff, also when I tighten the drag it also seems to tighten the brake and this is just not working. I have a blue 5500 I purchased last year that worked well last season as I bought it last year, and it seems to be starting the same problem as the 6000. I also have a 3500 which was my first ABU - Garcia and it has served me well and still is in top shape. I fish mostly in a pay lake and the size of about 8 acres. I mostly fish on bottom but I have made the transition to top water 8 inch slip bobber's this year with the 6000 and the 5500 this year. I would think the added weight of the bobber would of been plenty for the reel. As right now I am using two 3/4 oz sinkers with a 8 inch bobber as I thought that would be enough. Now I have the 6000 on a Ugly 6'6" inch pole and the 5500 on a 7 ft. spinning pole with large eyes. I have a brother-in-law with a 6000 on a 7 ft. Nite stik and its also a spinning pole. His seems to work fine so I don't believe the large eye in the back is the problem. Now since the 5500 I have is on my 7 ft. pole should I change the 5500 back to the 6'6" ugly? While I purchase a Nite stik bait cast rod for the 6000? Am I using enough weight with 1 1/2 oz? Since I am a Newbie I'm a bit shy to take my reels apart to clean and oil the inside. Since the 5500 and 3500 are a little over a year old I know I need to learn how to do that myself. With that said, I should start with the 3500 since it was the cheapest but does anyone have idea where I could find a tutorial on doing this for my reels? Also if you think the 6500 is more of a river reel and just needs added weight please let me know. But some how I got this 6500 at a reel deal for 45 bucks and though it is a new reel I am starting to think maybe I should of just went to Bass pro. I purchased a season ticket to a Pay lake and made a deal to buy the reel at a cheaper price at the bait shop. Since I'm a regular costumer. Any tips would be much appreciated.