The Shield reels (four models from 3000 to 6000) are built tough to handle the rigors and abuse of the saltwater environment. With up to 13 internal seals, they can take a dunking and keep on cranking without pause. I purposely submerged my test reel while wading and it never missed a beat. Other construction qualities include an anodized hybrid body, beefy bail and a machined aluminum spool with braid-friendly rubber insert. A butter-smooth drag with CF3 carbon fiber, audible adjustment clicks and five sealed stainless steel bearings add to the silky operation. The 3000 can hold 220 yards of 10-pound braid and has a 5.1:1 gear ratio.