Shakespeare Alpha Bigwater Spinning Combo

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The Shakespeare Alpha Bigwater Spinning Combo is ideal for surf/pier fishing for striper or catfish.

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The Shakespeare Alpha Bigwater Spinning Combo is ideal for surf/pier fishing for striper or catfish.

Shakespeare Alpha Bigwater Spinning Combo:

  • 8' two-piece medium-heavy rod
  • Heavy-duty SS guides with aluminum oxide inserts
  • Durable EVA foam grip with rubber end cap
  • Ball-bearing spinning reel
  • Aluminum spool filled with 20 lb. line
  • Smooth multidisc drag system
  • Convertible left/right-hand retrieve
  • On/off antireverse

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Fishing Location: Saltwater
Brand: Shakespeare
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Alpha Bigwater 8' combo
10/10/2008

Customer review by djgoody

5.0 stars 10/10/2008 by djgoody
by djgoody

We recently purchased a boat so we needed some fishing gear for it. There wasn't much variety of combo's at the time I went to the store. I liked the size of the reel and the pole for the boat and I figured it could also be used on the shore. It came loaded with 20# line which was nice but I think it had too much line loaded. It got tangled and snarled up quite a bit at first. I eventually removed a lot of line due to tangles and I haven't had any other problems with it tangling. It could also be that I haven't been in over 35 years. Good solid pole and smooth reel. At 8' It's a bit large and stiff for casting from shore but works great for the boat and deep water fishing. I got a sea bass and couple blues with it. I might get another one for the boat for friends to use. I'm not sure how long the reel will last but I'm sure I'll have the blue rod for many years to come.

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djgoody
Warwick, RI
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Male
Usage:Once per week
A strong mid-sized rod
4/23/2010

Customer review by Haggi

4.0 stars 4/23/2010 by Haggi
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I bought two rods (combos/reel and rod) and used them last week on my vacation south of Saint Petersburg. I was very impressed about the handling of rod and reel. First I thought the rod would be too strong for smaller fish but it reacted great to small and big fish. I caught Red Fish, Snappers, Cat Fish, Sea Bass, Trouts, Lady Fish and even bigger Sting Rays. It was easy to land Lady Fish, which is known as a big fighter und "jumper". The rod reacted to all actions and together with the Shakespeare reel and the line I had no problems at all. It's really a great deal compared to the price.

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Haggi
Saint Petersburg, FL
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per month
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
6/28/2010

Customer review by CrabMan53

4.0 stars 6/28/2010 by CrabMan53
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The 8-foot Shakespeare Alpha is a good saltwater rod for pier and jetty fishing. It's a great value for its price. I usually buy the Shakespeare rod & reel combos and save the reel as a backup. The Alpha reel in this combo should be adequate for most uses. It did not disappoint me the first time I used it. Shakespeare tends to overfill the spools, so you should strip a few yards off the reel before using it. (I am saving my excess line as leader material.)

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CrabMan53
San Francisco, CA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per month
Rod is good, reel not so
5/14/2009

Customer review by obxsurffish

3.0 stars 5/14/2009 by obxsurffish
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I picked up 2 of these combos and both have been to the beach for 2 trips. The rods are great rods, you can easily tell when you have a hit quite easily and they have a good solid strength to them. The reels on the other hand are not recommended. The bail housing came loose on one of the reels in the middle of reeling in a skate. A skate puts up a nice fight, but the it should still not break the bail housing in the process. The only positive thing I will say is that this did let the skate get off and save me the problem of removing the skate. The other reel now, that was interesting. I switched the handle over to the reverse side for reeling purposes as I do with all my spinning reels and it was securely in, but the handle comes off in my hand and won't tighten back down. I think oh great, and end up buying another reel at the pier. I picked up a solid reel there and matched it to the rod and had no more issues. The only reason the rating got a 3 instead of a 1 is the quality of the rod itself, its a great deal for a solid rod in and of itself. Maybe I just had bad luck with 2 of the reels, but I remember when Shakespeare reels were top of the line. I'll stick with Daiwa and Abu Garcia for my reels from now on.

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obxsurffish
Youngsville, NC
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
Stripers are comming!
4/21/2009

Customer review by kiachris

5.0 stars 4/21/2009 by kiachris
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cant wait to put this to some real action! Sturdy good value for the $!!!

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kiachris
Castleton, NY
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
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Warranty Information: Your new Shakespeare product comes with a limited warranty for a period of one year against defects in material and/or workmanship. Shakespeare will have no other obligation and will not be liable for incidental or consequential damages. Shakespeare makes no implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS for any period beyond the duration of each limited warranty. This warranty does not cover damage caused by addition to or alteration of the product, accident, abuse or normal wear. This warranty does not extend to products, which are put to commercial or rental use.Some state laws do not allow exclusion of incidental or consequential damages or limitation of the duration of implied warranties, so the above exclusion and limitations might not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific rights, which vary, from state to state.
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