I received this reel in exchange for an honest review. We set this reel up to fish in the ocean. However, we practiced in a pond on the end of the community where I live. We set it up for bass, just in case they were hungry on a very hot day, not likely. Doug put a fake worm, high enough to keep it out of the seaweed like grass. We taught my son (who is eleven) how to cast this rod and reel. My son could not pick it up. I think the pole was a bit too large for him. I was the one who did the casting to review this reel. We put the KastKing Braid line in this beautiful reel. I learned to get the best cast, you throw up and out. I love how smooth this reel is and how you can feel everything very easy. I only got one bite, which was from a fish too small to catch. He nibbled, but there was no way to catch him. Besides, who wants to be the one who catches the only tiny fish who is biting in your little pond anyway? Friday evening (depending on the weather), our plan is to try this rod and reel in the ocean. It may have to wait a few days because we have had nearly constant rain for over a week in Florida. We practiced this reel for an hour and a half and it began to rain again, just as we finished our practice. I expect to catch a lot of nice fish with this reel. I can't wait to get a big one to bite and feel him fight. Will let you know if and when we catch some red snapper or flounder.