OK, so I went to the local Walmart to check out the marked down items and found a gem. I purchased this reel for $59 (marked down from $99.95) and all I can say is WOW. I mated this unit with a 7' Uglystick Catfish series rod and some Trilene Ironsilk 17lb test (marked down to $4). This reel is awesome at casting. Using a 5/8" socket, I was easily able to cast over 100 yards (seriously). The reel is equiped with five ball bearings and a magnetic spool break (as opposed to the mechanical variety on their 'C' series reels). The reel is super smooth in both casting and retrieve. I can't wait to get a big one and see how good the drag system is. The reel is a little smaller than a 6500 and holds a little less line, but it is totally big enough for some cats. I would reccomend this reel for your collection, I love it already.