I'm looking for a new grouper reel so I need something with as much drag as possible (40lbs+) I'm leaning towards Mak 20 but I was wondering if there were more affordable alternatives which can produce as much drag. Thanks
If you really need 40# of drag, you need an all metal reel and those just aren't cheap. In addition to the Mak, you might look at an Avet HX Raptor. It's smaller and lighter han the Mak 20 but has plenty of line capacity and a ton of drag.