The little Greek woman is so good to me. Took me shopping at the local BassPro Warehouse and did not complain one time while I picked out the fathers day present. (Thank you Hallmark!!). 11' CatMaxx Heavy, Abu Garcia 6500C3 (can you say "who needs a boat?") Had it spooled with 30#Hi-Vis, it was free and I have never owned a bait caster before so it is purely sacrificial. Took it home and started lawn fishing with a 3 oz bank sinker. No bad mistakes, the instructions on adjusting the brake were very clear plus my daughter, the empress had one of her gentleman callers at the house and apparently he has been bass fishing with bait casters since he could walk. He helped a lot, (they are awful nice when they are trying to get in your good graces.) I figure a couple of more days with the grass bass and limb bream and I will be ready for the wet fishing. This site is great. BassMassey, I am ready to go after that mini-sub in the tailrace:wink:, Dreamed about him again last night so he must be there.