Yes, I swear by the Tranx HG. Caught 12 on my last trip with my biggest a 61 lb'er on the bomb. I personally do not have a problem pointing the rod at the fish and cranking. Yes, it can be difficult, but is easy once you turn the hoo's head. Give it a try.I have been on a trip when a guy used the 500hg tranx to just slay the wahoo on bombs. most of them came on the slide. I know stemac on the board is an excellent wahoo fisherman and swears by the Tranx. I have two 500hg and they are always rigged up when in wahoo country. They are not the fastest reel and the handle is short, but you can really burn them in with the level wind. When properly set up you don't need to worry about backlashes and keeps you in the game. I must admit, last year I caught a 60lb wahoo on the 500hg with a JRI bomb and it was really a tussle getting it in with the short handle and high gears. But like Mikey said you can keep pressure on and pump with care or step back and wind forward. I really like them for wahoo iron, coltsnipers, raiders, 33s. They don't need to be as fast for those. About the only thing I don't use my tranx for is bait fishing or large fish. I have them on a UC wahoo and a UC711 (really a baitcasting format of the tilefish). For all jigs they are a hoot to fish.