Yes the 8000 will be fine. I use 8000 series Stradic, Saragosa, Sustain, and Stella for most of my light to heavy jigging. I never plan or hope to hook a fish over 100 lbs but if I do and get spooled, oh well, I'll just have a story to tell.
I use the 8000 size reels because of comfort and i can jig aggressively for long periods. I also like to lock down my drags to see which will break first. It sure hurts though, abusing my physical being like that, hehehe.
I personally like the Stradic 8000FI better than Saragosa for about the same $$, and you get a spare spool too. Can't remember all of the internal comparisons, but one thing I remember are how much larger the drag washers were. Not saying Saragosa can't handle it, just that Stradic felt better to me overall...
I upgraded to carbontex and it has been perfectly capable on an all-around 300g GOM rig with PE5 and ~15lbs drag. It should handle more, but line capacity isn't great on 8K above PE5, and I already have a 20K for PE8 rig. Next choice (for me) in 8000 size would be to step up to Sustain 8000FE or Twinpower 8000.
I got a great deal on a Stella 8000FA used, so the Stradic is now pulling backup duty. But that was strictly a want... not really a need!
I haven't bought a Saragosa yet. I still think the sleeper in the mid range spinning reel market is the Sustain. I've put a Sustain 8000 to the test many times including catching a few YF's while jigging for BF's. It's in a different league than the Stradic.
I think Freddy probably could by himself! Especially if he brings all of his jigs! I think he needs an intervention!
Jiggawhat - You probably already know this. But other folks may be reading too... Important thing to recognize on any Shimano reel is the series. Sustain FE is good reel, not so sure about FD and earlier. Stradic FH and earlier have caught a lot of flak.
But the FI series Stradic introduced last year are nice reels IMO. They share much of the FE Sustain's design. But they do give up Ti lipped spool and 2 bearings.
For <=$250 Sustain is a tough deal to beat. But they can be hard to find discounted too... For the $300 MSRP I'd save some more beans and look for a deal on a Stella FA.
IF you only have $150, (and $10 for Carbontex ) or will only fish inshore stuff mentioned, I still think the Stradic FI is a good reel. Not as good as others, but for snapper, kings, AJ, smaller grouper, etc... it's a capable little reel.
Chicken? Maybe, or maybe I am just getting too old to care anymore? I am a firm believer in a short fight, with big fish. Redfish on light gear, great fun, love to do that. I guess early in my offshore career I too often found myself outgunned by oversized fish and had more than my fair share of "heartbreak" due to that issue. To each his own my friends, just givin' my two cents worth!!!