Personally, I’m moving away from Shimano. Used to be they were the best, so smooth compared to anyone else. I now find them too finicky and too many parts. Nowadays everyone else has caught up, most reels are butter smooth and easier to work on, less fickle. Shimano anti reverse hates cold weather and cold water, assuming your from a more northern climate. I’ve had the Super Stopper back spin on me too many times late in the season...
-Daiwa BG 4000, incredibly smooth and dirt cheap price tag for what you get. You can get aftermarket knob that matches Slammer 3.
-Penn Slammer 3 4500, I have this and it’s a solid little reel.
I’m sure your gets lots of input from others. Be happy, fish don’t care!
Tight Lines from NH.