Re: For Bonefish, Bass and surf 8wt rod
I have both the Litespeed and the Velocity. The Velocity is a mid-arbor while the Litespeed is a large-arbor, so the Velocity will hold more backing in the equivalent size reel.
I would recommend that you be very careful using a Lamson in salt water. The drag is not really as fully sealed as claimed. You can open up the clutch housing just by twisting it to reverse the clutch from left-hand to right-hand wind, and water can get in there. Some users have reported that the clutch gets caked with salt residue over time and eventually can freeze up. To prevent this, you should open it up after each time you take it out in the salt and thoroughly flush the clutch and housing with fresh water, then let them thoroughly dry before reassembling. (A protective spritz of something like Boeshield now and then might not hurt either.)