I'm a shark fisherman from St Simons Island Ga. I bought the 10500 both to float off the pier and use in the surf for black tips. I hooked up to and landed a 125lb 52in ray and let me tell you.... this reel slayed this ray. I have it paired with an 11' star rod and 600yards of 80lb braid. The fight lasted all of 8 min. The amount of drag this reel produces is unbelievable.... it's so smooth. If you're looking for a reasonably priced reel that will handle big fish I recommend the Slammer III.