A lot of people are asking for reviews of this reel. Full disclosure before I start: I'm on Accurate's pro team. That being said, I've got no financial stake in this, and my main goal is to a realistic of a review based on my personal experience with the reel in the Dry Tortugas in Florida. Setup: Accurate Tern 300 (Right-Handed) spooled with Daiwa J-Braid, 8 strand, 30lb, approximately 350 yards 95mm long arm, Accurate ball-knob Temple Reef Gravitate G2 (slow-pitch jigging rod) Jigs between 200g and 270g Appearance: Mine is Silver/Black Approximately same height as a Valiant 300, and similar spool width Left side plate is very similar to the Valiant. It's not exact, but it's approximately the same specs. Right side of side plate with gear box is different than Valiant series. - Gear box is larger than Valiant, but still smaller than BX series - Star is reminiscent of the Ocea 2000/Trinidad 16N in shape and function. Solid clicks forward and reverse. No issue setting or maintaining drag levels - Very audible clicker. I personally prefer just backing my drag down to pull line off, but if you're a clicker person, there's no doubt you'll hear it - Somewhat bulbous right side plate next to handle. This is a personal preference thing. I'm not crazy about it, but I'm not against it either. It's required for manufacturing tolerances. - Clutch engage: It requires more firm pressure to engage and disengage. The benefits of this are that you do not run the risk of engaging the spool when casting. Very important. It takes maybe a few more lbs pressure to open the bail. Once you use it for about 10 minutes it's almost not noticeable. I liked that it felt more secure when opening and closing, and I did it a lot. Feel: If you are expecting it to feel like a BX series or Valiant, it does not. Why? Because it's a totally different reel. The closest feel when turning the handle that I can liken it to i a Talica, in how it has almost this hollow feeling when the spool turns. Out of the box the reel was pretty smooth, but as with other Accurate reels, they require some break in. The reel smoothed out once I caught a few fish on it. Slightly heavier than a Valiant 300, but much, much lighter than the BX series. You'd have no problem fishing the reel all day. It palms well and had good balance. Performance: I grabbed this set up when we ran into some Amberjacks that were quick to hit a jig in about 90 feet of water. I figured they would give a very good idea of where the reel stood performance-wise. I caught 6 AJ's between 15-20lbs, with one double header on the jig of two 20lbers on the same jig. The handle turns are very smooth, and there is zero front or back play with the handle. I did not use a drag scale, but I had it set at about 14lbs based on my experience. Drag was smooth and not jerky. All of the fish took several runs with the strongest being the double header. The Tern put the brakes on them well, and with a little thumbing I was able to turn the fish without too much trouble. I did not crank the drag all the way down as it was not needed - so the reel had a good amount still in the tank if necessary. Casting was objectively really, really good. Very smooth casting, and noticeably further than my lever drag reels. I think this reel would be very good for all levels of snapper fishing, and most bottom species up to about 40-50lbs. Pelagic fish would not be an issue at all with this reel. Overall: I was very pleased and it was a very fun/capable reel in a great little package. I think I'm still more of a lever drag guy, but I really enjoy having this other option at my disposal. It's important to understand what you're purchasing - and if you're looking for a sub-$300 star drag reel, I'm genuinely not sure why you would look elsewhere unless there are specific features such as auto-engage that are make or break for you. I don't think there's anything in the category that will have similar performance, or even remotely close to the power of this reel. I would say that the stock handle is prohibitively short if you're going to be using the reel for jigging, but, then again, I prefer an extended arm. That may be personal preference. Getting the long arm for it shouldn't be too much trouble. I was very pleasantly surprised with the smoothness of the drag and overall power of this little guy. Like, actually very pleasantly surprised, especially on the double header. The wildcard is going to be longevity as I've really only had it on the water for about 12 hours but I did beat on it pretty good. I don't see any reason why the reel shouldn't last, but, if not, they come with a 2 year free maintenance plan. I think it will be a good reel up to about 300ft of water based on line capacity as stated above. Overall, you're going to get good value as it has very good stopping power at a very reasonable price.