Look on ebay at the electric reels. I have an e<SPAN id=_ctl1_ctlTopic_ctlPanelBar_ctlTopicsRepeater__ctl2_lblFullMessage>lectramate, a dawia tanacom, and a miya epoch. I would never buy another reel that did not have a line counter and auto stop. The Japs are light years ahead of electramate and precision. The only decent US made reels are the Strong Fighter and Kristal.
Those Miya Epoch reels on Ebay come used from Japan with the instructions in Japanese mostly. I saw a guy on here asking for a copy of the English insructions a while back because he couldn't figure everything out.
I fish precision reels and like them because they are made in the US, reports are theyprovide good service should you have a problem (I haven't needed it), butif something goes wrong with the reel side you can replace the entire reel component brand new for around $150.00.
Butyou guys are right he will probably need a $900 Tanacom or $2000 Kristal etc to meet his fishing needs as soon as he can get it. Particularly when the Fedshave pretty much shut down deep dropping on the east coast as of Jan 2010 and when the Feds will be looking at gulf grouperseasons in Feb 2010.
I have 2 elec tra mates deep drop reels. my first reel 920 xp(9/0) pennis ok but the gear box suck i have got the parts from elec-tra-mate my self and fixed gear box like 3 times in 500 hours of use part were about 75.00 each time. I would not buy another one that was not commercial. now that being said I later bought a commercial 1412g (12/0)that fits penn reel 12/0 and i love it i have had that one around 3 years and not one problem gear box and motor very strong it can turn 30 pound grouper easy i would buy another one.
Are the Pensacola boat ramps still open? I read a comment online that said that fishing and boating was exempted from the stay-at-home order, but public ramps wouldn't be open and you can boat/fish only if you use a private ramp to get on the water. Surely this is incorrect, right?