Thanks for the reply. I have read articles on aluminum reels and the message is always the same: lots of maintenance or else you end up with a tarnished reel that looks like ****. I will look into the other reels as advised, although I do not like the high ratios (5:1). Not enough pulling power to move big fish and very tiring to the angler. Great for moving jigs through the water though. Just like everything else in life, sometimes we must choose the lesser of two evils. Tight lines to all.