Abu whipped that problem with the record reel.I have 4 C 3 6500 reels and they are generally very good, but there is one negative. If there is even a slight load on the line, the release button doesn't work. IE If you are flounder fishing and want to feed out line to a fish that is biting the release will not work easily. Suggest you get the ABU's with the thumb release that spans the sides of the reel. They are about $10 more.
Green Top has the best prices on ABU's. about $10-$15 less than Bass Pros.
South Paw - which record do you have? I see there is an RCN60 that holds 145 yds of 14 lb and a RCN60HC that holds 245 yds of 14. I'm thinking of getting one as a conventional surfcasting reel. Seems like the RCN60 HC would be the way to go.Yeah the c3's have the same drags as the records. If you are going to do alot of casting with this reel I would still go with the Record. It is smoother. I have both