[Bruce] Good question...
I've never tried their reels. I have
bought their rods which are pretty nice only they tend to be heavier
than other similarly priced competitors. If you have that kind of
money, the best is obviously the Gloomis musky rods (get the longer
one - 7' is great), and the Calcutta reels.
Note that musky fishing is extremely hard on any reel and rod...
One observation is these reels you asked about do have a high
gear ratio and yet the handle doesn't look any different. This could
be a problem reeling in larger bucktails. I'm just thinking out loud
as the Garcia has a line that uses the higher gear ratio. While this
higher ratio is great for smaller lures and for top water, itís a
huge pain for cranking large bucktails. For these, the lower ratio
is best. Also note, the higher gear ratio tends to wear out
faster... Lucky if you get two seasons with a frequently used
high-gear ratio reel before it starts whining and has trouble
casting. At that point, one needs to replace the gears. On some
reels this is pretty easy to do, on others, not so easy.
Hope this helps. Sorry I couldn't provide personal experience on
these reels... They must be fairly new..