Id like to try a 2 speed reel and like the saltists and the like but havent really found them to be necessary for the cod fishing that i have done up here. Ive never fished in 500' of water, 400 is about as deep as i have fished and its not really work, its fishing. I dont think a 2 speed reel is really necessary when reeling up a fish. I can see the advantage of a 6 to 1 ratio when checkin bait because i dont let it stay down much longer than about 5 minutes tops. When i hook up the rod hits the rail and the slow steady retreive begins, no rod action, just reeling and BSing with my buddies. To me it isnt like surfcasting, i dont have a rod and reel for every circumstance. 2 set ups, 1 for bait, 1 for jig covers all the bases. If im going to drop dime on fishing stuff its all for the surf.