Recently I have been preparing for a series of trips from the East coast to the West coast as well as down to Gulf Coast. In preparing for this, I have been selling all my NON American made reels as a start for the American made only theme. I knew going in this would be expensive but it is time to support MADE IN THE USA. This IRT 700 Reel feels Amazing! Smooth, anodization is perfect, seals and the drag! Wow! The reel has a drag plate larger than any reel conventional or spinning I have seen. I haven't seen everything but the softest drag to 40plus ! Did not have much fun in Jersey from the shore with my Mxl Raptor and Accurate BV400-2, I just needed different gear but I tried. I went home to regroup and get a good spinning reel that could maybe crossover to big ANYTHING ANYWHERE category and a Rod that may accommodate both jigging, popping, trolling. After some conversations with the East Coast guys it may be a better option to have two rods instead of an in-between rod like the crossover ability this reel is able to do. A 7.5ft rod for the boats and a 12ft for the Jersey shore. Comes with a plastic box/case your Hitachi hand tools would come in for ultimate protection. Along with a rag, grease, lube and a small wrench to open her up to lube. This reel was purchased off Ebay directly from IRT at a great price. They lied about this reel being used, IT IS PERFECTLY NEW ! Those guys as a whole get a high 5 from me on the product as well as who they are as a team. Making the best product they can being the goal is a great place to start. Read the story of where these guys came from and you will agree, they have the knowledge, team and passion for fishing Tools.