I bought a 300L classic this year. It's verry nice for what I payed for it, the drag is verry strong. It bends my 9' whooping stick over as mutch as I think it'll handle and still goes alot tighter. No dought it will handel a bigun, but its kind of a cheepy but well built just not always super smooth. I was looking at the next step up the convector series. They look like a beter quality reel I was wondering if anyone had both and could tell a difference in how they fished?