A friend of mine, who's big into bass fishing and bass tournaments, has talked me into buying a "proper bass reel" to go with an Ugly Stik baitcasting rod I mistakenly purchased to go with a spincast reel. "SALE Bass Pro Shops® Mega Tournament Low-Profile Baitcast Reel Same features, same quality performance as high-end low-profile reels, at a price any angler can afford. Totally redesigned for 2002 with a sleeker, more powerful graphite frame, a quick-release side-cover, beefed-up spool capacity and a thumb bar release for quick casting. Of course, the performance features are still here, including a blazing 6.3:1 gear ratio, our acclaimed 6-pin centrifugal brake, lightweight aluminum spool, 4-bearing system with PowerLock T instant anti-reverse. Model: MT1000H. Regular Price $49.99 - Save $10." OK, so it's not a Shimano Curado or Ambassadeur but my friend says it's a great first baitcast reel. I hope so...I know nothing about these reels.