Rated 1.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 1 out of 5 by John You get what you pay for.
I suppose this reel would be decent for a fesh water reel, but it was recomended for a surf reel for a trip to the beach. It worked the first day and locked up. This was even with me rinsing it off in the shower for about 5 minutes. The drag seems to go from nothing to it's full setting and the 20lb line that came on it is junk. If you want a big reel that can handle saltwater look somewhere else, this ain't it.
I gave it one star only because it wouldn't let me submit a review with 0.
June 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Capn jack Better than that
I have had an Alpha bigwater for 3 years for obx surf fishing. It has served me well. I am actually getting another to replace an optix reel that busted on me. My alpha is still working fine, including pulling on a big shark and monster drum. No tangles or slipping observed. Its no penn but its not supposed to be. Great value reel in my experience.
December 10, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by RobMaximus This reel *IS* trash
I agree with a previous reviewer - you get what you pay for.
I bought it as a combo with a Shakespeare Alpha Bigwater 9'0 pole. The pole is sturdy, but when I hooked up with "something" huge (I was never able to land "it") at the Kure Beach, NC pier - the reel slipped terribly. The handle is not balanced at all, and the grip feels cheap, and was not comfortable at all during the 30 minute fight.
That battle was lost at the reel.
Do not buy this reel.
November 12, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by NJS DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!
I use this reel with a 12ft surf rod to reach catfish in tailwaters of dams. After 2 months of constant use retrieving heavy weightwith large weights with catfish approaching the 20lb range the gears are stripped. The drag is incredibly not smooth. If you bought it already return it asap; if you are thinking about buying it, STOP! I am greatful that I have not hooked up with any trophy catfish yet because this reel would get destroyed.
August 15, 2012