I recently purchased 2 Okuma Avenger 55a's to use for my catfishin, plan on having em strung with 40 lb braid, still not sure what pole I am gonna get to put em on. I can't wait to use em. I picked up 2 Okuma Helix II H-40's in October for steel head fishin & I just love the way they perform, got 30 lb braid on em, put them on a 8'6" Tika Salmon/Steelhead rod, the combo is outstanding, with the braid I can feel every turn the fish makes, and man the hook sets are outragiously solid. The Avenger has more ball bearings than the Helix so I can only imagine the feel. I have also tried a buddys Okuma Inspira 40 and I can tell you that it is worth every penny of the $125 he spent on it. I have 2 old Shimono Mark IV quickfire reels I still use for trout & spiny rays, but I am thinking of upgrading those to Okuma Reels as well.