I'm in the market for my first pin and I'm looking at the Raven Matrix xl and the Islander Steelheader. From everything I've read I should go ahead and buy the best I can afford. The Islander is in the top end of my budget but I'm not sure if it's really worth the extra $200. From what I've read, the matrix is a great reel and a strong competitor to the Islander. Just not sure if it's worth it to throw down and other $200 for the Islander. Also, the Matrix is a 5" reel where as the Islander is 4.5", therefore the retrieve will be on the Islander. Does that .5" make a big difference in retrieve speed? Please let me know your input and what might make the Islander worth the extra money. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a 13' rod around $100 let me know. Thank you.