(Just dont lean on the handle with any bigger fish.)
still a big reel for that rod. i was not actu'all'y referring to matching that rod with anything. a 5500ss reel will (if new) work fine with that rod but with the kind of punishment you will be giving it. it's bad issues are above mentioned as well as the bail will eventually start to flip closed on the cast (a tweak in the bending of bail wire fixes that but not entirely). the issues with any smaller penn reels (ss line) are the line rollers get screwed up. don't buy any of the silver series or cs models or any other penn piece of crap as they are a mistake. the 5500ss is a durable reel and you will see them on most every charter going in and out of the marina. sometimes you have to spend a little money to get something that will last as opposed to the trial and error approach.