I have started fishing with Shakespeare Arsenal spinning reel which don't have anti reverse lock. I did't got any problem with that in instant hookup. The anti reverse lock mechanism only for which reels have the revers spool action. If you used to cast the line with anti reverse unlocked or locked position your drag will be set for the instant hookup right..?. Which means the Penn Battle always will be anti reverse locked position. So you don't have to lock every time before the hookup. Most of the new high-end spinning reels dosn't have anti reverse. You have to set the drag according to the fish which you are targeting.
Thanks a lot Rimpochey. I generally fish mulley or, Bowal in river Teesta with spinning system. Where do you do your angling ?