Excellent reel for entry level or for the seasoned angler. Durable, reliable and precise. Shimano reels are in the top range of must haves for carp fishing. I have had no problems with this reel and have pulled in a few nice fish. My last reel from another manufacturer broke when I was pulling in a 91lb Sturgeon, the gears broke. I have yet to test this reel on this size catch, but it takes 20lb carp well. Highly recommend.