My 10 year old son has always used a spin cast reel for casting. This year I decided to get him his first bait casting reel. I set the brake and spool tension before I gave it to him for a 1/4 ounce dare devil without the hook. He's in the back yard right now casting to the back fence - that's 20 yards - many are going over the fence. No back lash at all. The reel performs flawlessly. Using 10 pound Power pro. Looks like a great buy!
I have always been a fan of abu garcia so i purchased the black max as a backup reel. It is exactly what i expected for the money. Its a good solid reel and a good value for the price. The only problem i have had with this reel is casting in very cold weather (well below freezing). The crank kinda slips, but i dont think that would be a problem for most people.