I've been fishing this reel almost everynight the last three weeks since I bought it. I spooled it up with 300 yards of 50lb powerpro and paired it to my 12' Torque. Last weekend was the best test yet, caught 4 8-10lb Blues last Saturday, a bunch of cocktail blues last Sunday and three 8-12lb Stripers last Monday. I was casting 6ozs of lead and mullet chunks to the 2/3rds line ring, guessing thats around 100 yards or so. Line flows smoothly and freely off reel, reel is very strong and pulled my fish in very easily. I would feel very confident and comfortable reeling in a 30+lb Striper. Drag was smooth, line lay is very good and no problems with wind knots. I do not dunk my reels so I can not atest to how well the seals work, but when spraying off my reels, water did get under the drag knob even though it was fully tighten down. So far, I am very happy with my purchase and only time will tell about durability.