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11 reviews | 4.5 out of 5
It is very well built for the money.
I've been fishing for 35 years and this is my favorite reel because I get farther, more accurate casts, and no negative backlash like on my bait-caster reels. I originally bought this for my son, figuring it would be easy to use. When I used it, I was amazed. I've got 2-dozen Zebco 33 reels (various models, from steel to cheap) that are broken or don't work for various reasons and this one blows away all of them. I'm amazed that this reel outperforms my advanced reels with shim and gearing and titanium parts, for 10% the price. At the end of the day, is works, and it works better than ALL the others (I own about 90 rods/reels).
I went bream fishing with a friend of mine the other day who used a new Shakespeare ugly cast reel. I always use a Zebco micro-cast reel because I can throw further with it than I can with the Zebco 33 reels. He was able to throw further with his ugly cast than I could with my micro-cast and the ugly cast has 10 lb test line vs. the micro-cast's 4 lb test. Also every time I caught a fish on the micro-cast I had to pull the tightness out of the reel so it would cast the distance. He never had to do this. I was so impressed with it I bought three of these. Fantastic reel.
Have purchased several spin cast reels for younger beginning children and this reel seems to hold up better and cast easier than most of the others so far. Comes with a good line weight for most pond fish. The actions are smooth and quiet with good gear ratios for most lures.
For the price nothing else I've tried comes close. It casts great. With an eighth oz rooster tail and ten pound test trilene I can cast about twenty yards that's incredible for such little weight. It reels in smooth as can be and seems to have strong durable gears. I've had mine for about a year with no trouble. Even reeled in a a 4lb 3 oz Largemouth with no trouble besides the normal fight such a fish puts up. Good fishin'!
I've used this about a dozen times now since I bought it. I have lots of nice baitcasters, but got this to cast light jigs and such when I go out john boating or farm pond fishing. Meets and exceeds my expectations. I bought a couple Zebco 33s before this, both failed within a couple of trips. This little Ugly Cast reel is more dependable, casts better, and retrieves better than a 33 all day long. The line that comes in it is pretty decent. Drag works well. I haven't caught anything major on it yet. But it's handled a few 3-4 lb largemouth bass with no problems. Well worth the money.
I got this for my daughter for Trout and Bass fishing and it works well. She can cast it a country mile and it has worked well thus far.
Picked up this reel because it had good reviews so I thought maybe give it a try. At first it wouldn't cast or reel in properly then I had to deal with a lot of tangled line. So I had to cut half of the pre-spooled line off because it was awfully tangled. After I did that, it worked flawlessly. Kind of struggled when I was trying to reel in a Northern, too. In my opinion, the Zebco 33 reel was much better than this Shakespeare Ugly Cast Spincast Reel. If you want a good, quality reel I wouldn't recommend this reel. I've had better reels than this.
In my experience, this is the reel of choice for taking kids along on a fishing trip without breaking the bank. It is a few bucks more than the cheapest Zebco, but I find the Ugly Cast to be smooth and reliable - very unlike my frustrating experiences with low-end Zebcos.
Great spincast reel, been fishing with it for a couple of weeks now, waiting on the fish to start biting. Haven't had a malfunction with it yet after hundreds of casts. Got it for under $15 on WMT's daily 'sales' on their website. Love this reel.
Took 2 weeks to get the reel, and then it was broken. Probably not Walmart's fault, but a little bummed out !