My first baitcaster was a ABU Garcia 5000. The old red colored thing that taught me how to avoid backlashes, with lots of trial and errors.(mostly errors,i.e. birds nests). They didn`t make left handed models back then that I know of. Tackled many Salmon and Steelhead with that old thing over the years with various results. Purchased it at Stouts GI surplus in Salem back in the early 70`s. Fond memories. Bought it at age 14. What was your first baitcaster?