Marco,

A reply from you makes my day! How have you been? Long time, no see....

As far as the reel goes, I just want a large arbor and not pay a large price but still get a decent reel with a good drag for the smallmouth fishing I intend to do this summer and at $99 for the Sage 1650 and $40 for a spare spool, I thought maybe this would be the reel and was hoping someone on FAOL had one or have used one and could give some input.

Thanks for the post, it made me smile. You are one of the "good guys" in my book....