Lew’s BB 25SW is an updated version of the popular baitcaster introduced more than 25 years ago. This model is corrosion-protected for use in salt water but has the same basic internal mechanism, braking system and frame as the original, with upgrades that include a thumb bar, free-spool release, continuous anti-reverse and titanium-nitride-coated line guide. Testers thought it had a very smooth retrieve, but the cast-control knob was judged obstructed and hard to turn. One reviewer thought drag adjustment was lacking. Several complained of an ‘annoying whistle’ when the reel was cranked quickly-especially after 10 to15 consecutive casts.