As for size, small baskets, 12 by 9 by 6 inches, do have some advantages. They are relatively easy to carry and maneuver around with if you do a lot of jetty hopping. However, they won't hold much line without tangling. If you are casting 80 feet, this basket is too small and will cause frequent tangles, especially if you use a heavy shooting head that will naturally seek the bottom of the basket, causing tangles with the lighter running line. The smaller baskets will also be a problem on windy days, when a stiff crosswind can actually blow the line out of the basket.