My nephew, 11 years old, has grown past the desire to catch whiting and pinfish. His new found interest is catching slot reds and slot snooks with his uncle. His older and cheaper gear isn't getting the job done. Over the last year he has lost a few keeps because of an inferior drag system. Given his age, the desire to spend top dollar on gear for his use isn't preferable, but he still needs a quality reel. The Shimano Symetre fits the bill. The drag system is reliable, the reel is smooth and well made. Excellent reel for the price. While it isn't as smooth as my Sustain, it also costs a fraction in comparison is significantly better built than other lower end reels.