2011 was the last time I dropped some serious coin and got myself some decent reels. I have a bias for baitcasting reels with brake pins over magnetic brakes. Back then it seemed guys would park their magnetic brakes at maxed out position and would still have to be mindful of backlash on their Abu. I'm not that serious I don't care if I loose a few feet of casting distance. Plus aftermarket Bocas ceramics bearings made my Shimanos cast far enough for me and are still functioning perfectly well after 10 years, but I didn't abuse them.
Everything seems different now with no baitcasting reels under 7:0 gear ratios. Some higher end Shimanos with electronic assist braking systems, I'll pass on that. Seen lots of gear ratios at 8:0 plus. Not that I ever huge into throwing large, deep diving cranks but I don't understand how these newer high gear ratio reels can can handle them. I like the option on a general purpose baitcasting reel to handle some cranks but still be fast enough to get buzzbaits going.
Anyways I'm looking for a complimentary bc reel for a Avid series Croix 7', mh, fast rod.
My gal can handle a baitcasting reel but there circumstances when we're handing out casting rods to novice anglers and popping out a few brake pins kept noobs out of trouble.
I know respected anglers in the past use to post good things about Lews. Your thoughts on makes and models to consider.