They don't make them like the used to. I've thrown away a half-dozen Zebcos in the last few years just from sheer frustration over the poor build quality. Gears are all plastic and pot metal now, even in the 33 classics that still have the stamped metal housings. I keep a couple for my kiddos when we fish channel cat and panfish, but I've had 2-3 lb fish peel drag off of Zebcos with little effort. Not sure about the big boys since I get the small reels, but if the small reels are indicative of quality, it might be rough.