Back in June of '08 I bought two Diawa Giant DF100A reels. I needed two very large spinning reels that would not cost a lot. After some research online I figured I'd give them a chance. If I recall correctly I spent $29.99 for each one at Bass Pro. I kind of did a 'review' of sorts on them when I got them and posted that 'review' here on this forum. Well after a summer of use I though I'd let folks know that they did great! Now in my locale we don't typically catch big cats but I caught many 2 to 10 pound channels with both of them. I also caught a few carp that were bigger. Now I know some of you guys on the bigger impoundments and rivers will scoff at 10 pound channels but that's what we have got here. If you can't afford much these days but need a big reel I'd certainly recommend them. Of course my Shimano Baitrunners are going nowhere ( I bought those when money was not so tight) but these DF100A's are not half bad.