Just bought one on E-bay fist multi I've used for ages and I reely (ouch) like it I've only used it on a clean beach so far with a 10ft bass rod and it's been fine can't tell you what it's like with a big fish on coz I havn't caught one but it's dealt with a 4oz lead, 3 hook paternoster and 2 schoolies at a time no probs.
With postage £31.99 bargain I thinkas it's only a couple of months old and in very good nick, it is also loaded with braid 14lb strain which means it holds a fair distance. No it won't hold a great deal of 30 lb line but then I don't think that's what it's designed for
Hi. The Abu 5500 is a great size reel for bass and close range beach fishing although for distance work it does not hold enough line in the higher breaking strains (15lb+). For longer range fishing over cleanish ground the 6500 is a better bet. Neither of these reels is suitable for continuous rough ground hauling. Perhaps a good compromise would be a Daiwa SL20SH. Casts well and is virtually indestructible. A lot of guys like the Penn mags but I have no personal experience of these so can't comment. Hope this helps.