With F/S reels it unfortunately seems to be a case of you get what you pays for.
The Ron Thompson Crucifier at around the £50 mark,8 ball bearings,aluminium spool..appears to be the pick of the bunch.
I cant see it lasting too long over the rough stuff,unless someone knows different.
Penn have their critics but I have been using the 70 for any F/s work and have found it a joy to use. Maybe the bail arm turnover is a bit clunky but I`m just being picky. At around the £70 mark....but maybe cheaper if you look around.
Hope this helps bud.
Just remembered mate,
July Sea Angler has a review on a few F/S.
I think they were around the money you are looking at.
Sorry I cant be more specific but i sent my copy to Bassbe in Belgium.
He was struggling to get hold of a copy.
sorry for the delay ... and thankyou for the replies ... looks like i'll go for the surfmaster 70 .. managed to butcher an older reel to fix for heavy work and the 70 will probably help with my not soo distance casting