Thanks. That does help, and I have more newbie questions now.
For spinning, I like Shimanos (have a Stradic 2000), but it looks like the larger Diawa's have a larger capacity than the larger Shimanos. Am I correct? And how important is that? How much line of what strength should I be able to load for tailwater stripers or gulf coast surfcasting? Does the Ugly Stick work okay with the spin reels, or is it worth moving up to graphite (greater distance?)?
It would be nice if the spin reel could do double duty for flats and bay, as well as on a surf rod --- or am I asking too much of one reel?