I'm no big fan of Abu Garcia stuff, but I have a 5500C3 that I got in 1994 that I use for flounder jigging. I just rinse it off after every use and it has never failed me. I've done zero maintenance to it and it won't quit working. I couldn't justify NOT buying another one when this one finally dies. I have tested the single bearing versions in the stores and they have way too much play in the handle. If you do buy one I recommend the C3 (3 ball bearing) version. I think they still make a 5500C3 and 6500C3.