Re: toughest reel under $100?
I fish medalists in fresh water and SA System 2 reels in the salt
The System 2s deserve the same reputation as medalists IMO and are time tested. They retail for a bit more but you should be able to find one for just over $100
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart