Rated 5 out of 5 by Will5860 Awesome combo
I bought this combo about a year ago. I have had great luck with the tackle it came with. I changed the line it came with. I couldnt be happier with it. I snapped it trying to save my favorite spinner bait and was heartbroken. I don't think there is anything out there that compare to the quality for the price.
July 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by nickname Great Value, "OK" Quality
This was my first freshwater rod/reel combo and after some research I felt that it would be a decent all-around setup for a beginner angler fishing for bass. I have been using it every day for about two weeks now.
The first setup lasted me about two days before the reel broke off of the rod. Dick's was nice enough to exchange for another combo. The second one lasted me a week and a half before the handle fell off of the reel and into the water in three pieces. The reel also seemed very "gritty" at times and did not reel or cast very smoothly. I did not like the reel very much, unfortunately.
The rod itself seems to be of a pretty good quality. Due to it's size, it isn't very sensitive, but it is easy to set the hook and reel in the big guys. The pre-spooled line worked well but seemed to tangle and knot very easily. This could have been user-error, however, so I can't necessarily blame the line,
Finally, the included lures and baits worked well. I got plenty of use of the crankbait and the worms, but I would recommend some Senko worms instead. The hooks and other items were handy, but I ended up purchasing better lures and soft plastic baits shortly after purchasing.
For a complete beginner who doesn't know much about fishing or just wants a rod to use occasionally, this is a great combo and you absolutely get your moneys worth. I pulled in plenty of 2-4lb smallmouth and largemouth with this combo. For someone who thinks they might become more serious about the sport, I'd recommend doing a little more research and buying something a little bit nicer. Good luck!
May 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AstarGSXR Bought Two!
I had the "Striper" model before this. Bought one as a second rod. Went back and purchased another as a backup... Highly recommend for the beginner fisherman in the $30-40 range... Add 20lbs threaded and your good for the season...
May 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by McLoven64 Steal!
This is a great deal and combo! Bought it for my girlfriends brother. All together I paid about $40 ( I also bought 8 lb. line ). The little tackle box together is worth more than $20, it comes with great lures, and even some power baits! Havent put the pole to use yet but it seems sturdy, and from what ive seen im not too sure about the reel. Not going to replace it though. Anyways, if you have a young kid interested in fishing or want to get a young one into fishing, BUY THIS!
PS. After looking into the box, I found out that the hooks were a fair size. So depending on the area, I would suggest to get some small sized hooks.
April 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by the original kid a real fish raiser
works great using it on a farm pond.
October 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by StevenBo Great combo pack!!!!
I needed rods and reels for my kids on a recent junket to the Adirondacks and this combo was the only one that came with fishing line installed - quick purchase and we were on the lake catching bass in no time (see pic)!!!! Nice work Shakespeare and Dick's!!!!
October 17, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Luke Great combo
Rod and reel work great togeather but add a wieght it doesnt cast that far
August 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Rell Replace the line or you'll be sorry
This is a great starter kit for kids. I brought one for my 8 year old son and he loves it. The 8 lb stren does not perform well though. My son lost a few lures and I replaced it with 20 lb power pro and its been working great
May 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dave Great bargain with coupon!
With sale coupon the rod and reel combo is a great bargain. Already in use.
May 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Grumpy The rod and reel work great.
The reel operates nice and smooth. Have only used the set a couple of times but it has a real nice feel to it.
April 30, 2012