IF I had known that ahead of time....I would have recommended something in the 6000 series. IMHO....anything in the 5000 series will handle up to maybe 30 lb fish....but if you are dealing with catfish and stripers bigger than that....I'd have gotten a 6000.I hope it works out for you. Posted By JoelW on 21 Jun 2010 03:27 PM Just to let you guys know i just bought the reel yesterday. I also purchased a Ugly Stik Tiger rod. I spooled it with 30 lbs line. The guy at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports was nice enoughto give me free line since i was buying both rod and reel. The reel is real smooth and easy to handle. I also love the rod!! Thanks for your help. I'm mainly going to use it for river fish like catfish, stripers and otjher big fish!!