95% of my fishing is local island stuff, mostly sebass, yellowtail, halibut, calicos, bonito, etc. And most of the time I am fishing live bait, dines, squid, macks, flyline, dropper loop, small slidder. For this, the reel size I use most often is something the holds about 280-300 yards of 50 pound spectra filled to the brim, with a short 3 foot top shot of anywhere from 20 to 40 pound fluro. I also prefer a star drag reel over a lever drag for this kind of fishing. I love the little lever drags for strictly offshore tuna stuff....with the little Avet SX being one of my favorites....though to be fair I haven't fished the talicas yet. Anyway, so basically I wanted to get the best star drag reel on the market today. I narrowed my choices down to the new Trinidad 16NA or a Daiwa Saltiga 20. The choice was easy once I finally realized the Saltiga doesn't have a clicker. Might not seem to be such a huge deal to most of you, but for me, I pretty much always fish on private boats and half the time it seems like I won't get bit unless I put the reel in the rod holder with the clicker on. So I have been excited to test out the new trinidad on some hard pullin' fish. The best test of course would be some 30 pound class homeguard yellows, but so far I have had to settle for some decent sized white seabass and the never respected, but always hard pulling bat rays and leopard sharks to see what this reel can do. I have my Trinidad 16 NA spooled with 280 yards of 50 pound big game white spectra, and use a short 3 foot top shot of anywhere from 20 to 40 pound fluro. Overall feel: This is the smoothest reel I have ever used. It's like butter. Just a joy to fish with. The narrow spool makes it very easy to wind the line/spectra back on the reel as well. Strength and Torque: Incredibly strong. Just feels insanely powerfull and boasts 25 pounds of drag!!! Big bat rays, leopards and nice size white seabass stood no chance. Again, some nice 30 pound class homeguard yellows would be a nice test....will be looking for those soon. Casting: The reel casts very, very well. It's probably not the best casting reel I have used, I still think if you are just looking at casting, a newelll 220 or sealine 20 is hard to beat. Still, this reel has some insane freespool and the spool is much lighter than those in the older trinidads. So overall, at this point, this is hands down my favorite reel that I own and the best star drag reel I have ever fished. I am already trying to figure out if I want the 10A or 12A next. Tough choice.