I have been used to using Shimano Calcutta 400 and 700 reels as well as a Newell 332 reel that has been reduced in size to a Penn 99 size. I have not experienced any problems casting anchovies (and certainly not sardines) with these reels. I matched the Calcuttas with 20# or 25# line to an 8-foot Lamiglas Hook-Em 12-25# class rod with mini roller guides and matched the Newell with 25# or 30# line to either a Seeker 870 or a Calstar 270-8. However, lately, I have been using an Avet MXJ 2-speed MC with 25# test and an Avet JX 2-speed MC with 40# test fishing for medium sized yellowfin tune in the 20-40# range. I use these on 6-foot Fenwick 15-50# class 1.5-3 oz rod and a Triton 6' 20-50# medium action rod while on my son-in-law's private boat. Hi boat (A Tiara 38-foot) while a large boat, has a relatively small fishing cockpit. It is approximately 7-feet x 10-feet and to complicate matters, some rods in rod holders protrude a ways into the cockpit and interfere with my casting. I have not had problems with casting from boats with less cramped cockpits even from pangas. I expecially have problems with my back cast. However another fisherman in our party was able to cast the Fenwick and MXJ combo fairly well. I love fighting a fish using the Avet reels and want to continue using them. However, I could opt to use some of my other rods, such as Calstar GF 800XL reduced to 7-feet and mounted with mini roller guides (Save On Tackle cut down this rod to 7-feet and stated that it is 12-25# class), either of my 870 (old Seeker or old Sabre) rods, my Calstar 270-8 or the Lamiglas. I think that with any of these rods, I could flip a sardine (with perhaps a 1/2 ounce rubber core) a distance with no big need for a back cast of any effect. I am sure that I could use my Newell or one of my Calcutta reels in combination with these rods. I am getting old and haven't a lot of years left. I don't really want to buy any new tackle. What combination would you suggest from the above listing?