|Grammar Police...What is the problem with casting the 30shv. I have the 50shv and I admit it took a while to learn to cast the bugger but believe me it was worth the time it took to learn. You would not believe how far I can lob cast 10oz and bait with it and one of my 11' Roddy Hunter surf rods.
Don't give up on it quite yet, If you are local maybe we can get together and I will try to help you out.
Its not called a backlash BTW...It is called a professional overrun
The main problem I have with the reel is it does not have infinite anti-reverse. That alone turned me off. I do realize most reels don't have this feature. When setting my line, the play from not having anit-reverse erks the hell out of me. I have to fidgit with the reel each time once in the rod holder. The other issue I have is the star drag is plastic, I don't want to have to baby my equipment. Not that I beat my stuff up, but things happen. 30# mono has some serious memory issues, which may have driven my professional overrun!
I purchased a saltist as a replacement to this, so I don't really have a need for it. I will admit the 30shv has some serious stopping power and is a really light reel. The drag topped out at ~22lbs.
Patrick333: I paid $135 for the reel. Make me an offer, though keep in mind it is brand spanking new.