Check the gear ratio on a 320GT2.
Its slower than the abu's for sure, but for down rigger reel (which is what that reel is intended for not bait casting) its a little on the high side. The point was ANY lower gear ratio reel would suit that purpose as well if not better than big ole 320, the Squidder and Jigmaster are the first two that come to mind for "bullet proof" (as some one here put it) reels that are half the size and weight, with nearly the same line capacity and will actually cast nearly trouble free because thats what they were meant to do.
I need the good solid strong drag of the 320GT2 that doesn't slip repeatedly to pull them my way. Give your Ambassadeur 6500 and 7000 a test for max drag strength and then give a 320GT2 the same test and tell me which one is going to turn the fish quicker. Beef up the drag in a 6500 and 7000 all you want and the 320GT2 will blow it away out of the box.
Thats very true, the Abu's have always been criticized for being underpowered on the drag. But again, this is a case of people trying to use a reel for something it wasnt meant for. Simply put, if the drag is your concern get any reel with a lever drag system. The star drag is not a strong mechanism designed for maximum drag applications. Thats why the lever drag has been used for BIG fish for Decades (salt and fresh water alike).
The 320GT2 does just what I want it to do for me at a reasonable cost. It gets the job done for my purposes. I will do what works for me and use what I know that works best for me.
And no one said your wrong for doing what works for you. So why the defensive disposition?
You are correct, this is not an ocean forum or surf fishing forum for fancy overpriced reels, this is a catfishing forum.
Well Im glad we got that clear, so I'll appreciate it if you dont make references to my experience as if the only thing I've ever done is let 100lb fish run the great blue with 10lb test line. I've been fishing cats on Kentucky Lake, lake Barkley, the Ohio River, Lake Cumberland and the such since I was too young to remember. I dont know what the reference for "fancy over priced reels" was about because I use the same reels as you do with a few exceptions
But like you, I'll use what I know works, and what will give me the most benefit and use for my money. There are no better reels on the market for the same price point than Penn, Abu, and Avet.. and frankly all of those reels are in the same price point when your looking at the stronger, larger reels.
The next time I go flathead fishing I will just take a pole and a rope, hell I don't even need a reel. Maybe we need a tuna forum?
Humm.... actually in case you havent heard people do jugline, limbline and trot line and flats are generally the primary target for just such techniques.
And this place does have a forum where any other fishing can be discussed, in fact I've been reading over a nice discussion on surf fishing with fancy over priced reels
There is no need to get defensive when I simply agree with the criticisms that you've pointed out in that reel. Will it "work" ? Sure it will work, so will an international or 2speed accurate with twin drag but are there better options? Yes there are.
If you like the reel thats great, its actually a damn good reel.... but if you say "I need a hell-for-strong" drag and I say "why dont you get a lever" dont go making personal assumptions that all I know is salt water and surf fishing because I recommend something that your apparently not experienced with. It has nothing to do with salt water or surf fishing or fancy over priced reels.. its just a suggestion for the best (or at least a better) tool for the job.
I'll do my best to refrain from bragging about or recomending my little over priced fancy reels since this is a cat fishing forum. I guess some one needs to email the guy on the avet website holding his trophy cat cought with an SX that fancy over priced reels arent meant for catfish.