So......Abu Garcia's, 7000 C3 and 7000 C.....not fond of them at all. Now before you lambast me for my views, I fish the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers from Alton to Pearl, and have caught bigens, and wee ones, and have tried many a rod and reel. Truth be told until a year ago I fished with spinning reels and never tried a bait caster......but now I'm hooked. So what you ask rivals the Almighty Abu line of pricy showy mega reels? Simple....whatever you are willing to put your faith in, and your catch on. For me two reels stand out, the Ming Yang CL 60' s do a really adequate job of bringing in almost anything I can hook into....and then some. Then for my own personal fav, I find the Catmaxx reels to be a real workhorse in the big rivers. Small in size, but big in the casting and retreval areas, they are more than sufficient for any hog I can hook into. As with most things in life, sometimes all that glitters the brightest is not gold.