August 31, 2013
This reel is everything you've heard. It is a freaking beast. I finally got to take it out last night and luckily my first hand line out warranted a strike from a 101# Yellow Fin Tuna. This reel made him look silly and certainly sorry for hitting my bait.. From strike to in the boat the battle was 4 minutes 34 seconds, END GAME. The transition from free to strike is very smooth and the button feature to override strike is brilliant. May not be the best reel for a novice unless you read up on how powerful it can really be (potentially drag you over board). Shimano and Penn are great and I own 50w from each but they can't touch this Avet.
Pros:drag, smooth, functionability, weight (light)
Cons:No nipple to connect braid on directly, have to back with a little mono to fill the rest with braid.