Slayer,the Van Staal 250 is the way to go. I too spend most of my time fishing off the rocks. While you can buy other reels at a cheaper price, their customer service is superior. I had bought a VS250 on 10/00. I sent it back for the yearly maintenance. In June 2002 after many fishing outings and rough use, the reel body feel off the main mounting bracket. I sent it back to Van Staal and they sent me a brand new reel. Few companies stand behind the products they sell like the Van Staal company. It's an excellent reel and a terrific company.