Hi boon, sorry for the weird post, had a few beers. ha!
Recently had a run in with a weirdo trying to teach a newbie about his new free spool reel, and he pointed to me in earshot and said to the new guy that fixed spools are only for bait fisherman blah blah blah. And my little Stella is twice the price of the Calcutta he had????
Anyway great post boon,
I do prefer using my eggbeater in big slow areas as casting is much better, but I do use overheads upriver.
Craytail, in crowded areas make your lure better than your neighbour, what about a bright lifelike shad or similar? Soft bait with a strong hook etc