Front drag always seems to be the recommended choice on here but what are the benefits over rear?
Local tackle shop guy said he'd do me the same reel (single handle 4000 size) for £46 today but I backed out as wasn't sure if it was a turkey.My Exage RA is pretty smooth when adjusted properly.
If this is the Exage 4000RA i.e. last year's model you have been offered, then this is not that cheap as you can get the 4000FB (the updated model) for the same money if you farm around (rrp is £55 I think?). I got two of the 4000RA for less than £40 each. It is a good reel and not heavy in reality, just heavier than the front drag version. It has good stainless bearings so it is salt water tolerant. Rinsed and cared for, it should be fine. I know plenty of forum members use them as they are good value for money. If it lasts two years hard plugging, you couldn't complain. Drag performance is fine in my opinion - can't comment on the other reels mentioned though...Local tackle shop guy said he'd do me the same reel (single handle 4000 size) for £46 today but I backed out as wasn't sure if it was a turkey.
I only get out every 2 weeks or so, so servicing and stuff isn't really that much of a priority.
Lightness isn't really either as my current reels are either ancient/crap/combination of both and I can fish for hours without getting tired arms. After all I'm not 6 and it's only grams involved after all not KG's......