Zebco Gold GBC 500 is touted as having features found in baitcast reels costing twice as much. Indeed, desirable items such as continuous anti-reverse, aluminum spool, a flipping switch and five ball bearings are incorporated in a comfortable, low-profile configuration. After many casts our review team thought it performed very well. ‘Smooth casting, a nice surprise, and a lot of reel for the money,’ were typical comments. There were concerns though, over how a baitcaster at this price would hold up to hard fishing. Most agreed that this was a good starter reel. Outdoor Life Gear Test 2001