I have plenty of flathead gear, but I fish channels most of the time. I have always enjoyed fishing with closed face rods for channels. Until now I have had Shakespeare Synergy reels 4000 series with 20 pound big game. My largest catfish was an accidental 56 pound flat on this reel. The old reels are starting to show their age, so I hit up e-bay and bought two Zebco 808 Saltwater series reels. They are stainless steel and saltwater tough made for 25 pound mono and come equipped with a power handle. They will be matched to two ugly stik 7 footers. Anyone have any experience with these reels? Thanks.