I love mine. In a wind better than a pin for me. No or modest wind I'd opt for a pin.

The newer reel has a modest clutch, so I'd say (guess) the 5lb line would be maximum for the reel. But they are designed as a small fish reel, as I understand.

Once you get in a rhythm, they are a very quick reel to use, if it had a better, quality clutch. I'd give it 10 out of 10 rather than 8 out of 10.

Well worth the money, easy to use.