Rated 4 out of 5 by 29
Rated 4 out of 5 by NoleAnimal GREAT value!
I bought two (2) StrataMaster 20D combos and the bottom line is that they are fantastic value. They held up well to a season of Striped Bass live-lining and trolling on the Chesapeake Bay and will make you very happy, as long as you keep in mind that you paid far less for this reel than you would have for others. I will agree that the reel release sometimes sticks and you have to turn the handle slightly to get it to release- but it has never caused me a problem- just a minor inconvenience. The reel side panels are plastic, but the most important parts are metal. The drag functions well, but it's not the same as a Penn Squall. Of course, you are paying less than half the price of the Penn reel. All in all, if you are really concerned about a few minor inconveniences- then you need to spend some serious cash. But if you want a very solid reel on a budget- this is the reel for you.
February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ichiban1 Great reelWorks great
Good reel for the money,will buy another.Great action, no problems
October 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by hazelqj Good purchase for the money
I've been using the 20D for about 6 months now. So far I have not experienced any problems. The line counter is easy to read and is accurate. I've caught many large hybrids and one medium size striper with this reel. The drag is smooth. Still though, it would be improved a little. My only annoyance is that sometimes you can't engage the line out alarm without giving an extra half crank of the handle. I like that the reel is flipped back into gear without physically flipping the switch.
September 10, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by rsand65 You get what you pay for most of the time
One of the two reels seems to be working properly the other one has been giving me some difficulties in the way of not engaging and disengaging the gears properly I will attempt to fix myself, I fish alot and do not have time to return and wait for repairs. I will simply repurchase another brand from somewhere. This is a 55.00$ reel but still should give proper service brand new outta the box.
July 4, 2012