I've searched on several forums and googled all the info I can and have yet to get a definitive answer on my main concern about this type seat. How tightly does the reel seat lock up on the reel and does it loosen with use? This is in reference to the Fuji NS7 size reel seat, whichever model number has the plastic inside the hoods for the reel foot. This will be wrapped with thread and epoxied in all three places directly to the blank or to something similarly hard, possibly wood to increase the diameter for blending into the handles. The rod is a 9' phenix 20-50lb and will be run with a spinning reel in a size that holds 350-400ish yards of 40-50lb braid. Think Shimano Stella 10000 sized. My other questions are should I get the model that has the plastic on the base or the all metal one with the sleeves in the hood only and is there another comparable option similar to the plate seat for a spinning reel. I do not want to tape anything. This rod must look as good as it performs and tape is not going to be part of that. If this reel seat is junk and I should use an aluminum spinning seat, so be it. Just advise against the plate. Rod will be used in the surf (mostly) for large tarpon, shark, bull reds, snook and less frequently from the boat slow trolling live bait for kings, tarpon, mahi, wahoo, and sight casting plugs or bait to cobia and mahi. Not to mention any number of other near shore species on Florida's east coast. All help is greatly appreciated as this is my last hang up on getting this rod completed.