There is just something about using a bait casting reel that I like. For light lures,drifting, or still fishing open face is fine. But for cast and retrieve always use bait casting reel. Have decided to treat myself and move up in quality from the $50 to $75 reels. Problem is,holy cow,there"s a jillion to pick from. Could you guys help me narrow the field. Was looking in the $100 to $150 range. Is that enough money to spend and get a good one? Am afraid to think of what rod to match it with. No way spending $150 plus on a rod. I am car door impaired. Most of my rods are 3 or 4 inches shorter than advertised.