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19 reviews | 4.6 out of 5
I bought this rod just about one year ago as a father's day present for myself. I fished it extensively in our home waters. It handled bass, bluegill, crappie, everything I threw at it. It tossed lures into the wind, horsed fish out of weeds (or wrapped in weeds). And it was sensitive, light and a joy to fish with. Good to see cork grips on this rod ... I feel this transmits vibrations from the end of the line better than those foam grips.
I speak about the rod in the past tense. That is because today, after landing a sizable largemouth on the rod, I bumped it and it fell out of my square back canoe into 8 feet of water. I was not upset. Because I knew the rod did not cost much money and I could go right back to Walmart and buy another just like it. Which I did. I also bought the 5'6" Micro Graphite as I am impressed with this product line and thought it would be good to have a longer rod for the purposes of line control. I look forward to seeing how it performs, and expect good things. Just spooled both rods up ...
A friend sat on my older micro graphite, so I went out looking for a new rod. I couldn't find anything I liked as much under $30, so I went and bought 2 more of these.
I have gone through quite a few rods, and my favorite under a budget is still the Shakespeare Micro Graphite. I Have both the 5' and the 5'6" rods. They are almost as flexible as the more expensive Ugly Stick, and gives great feeling. I find the rod is easy to use crankbaits, spinners, and finesse baits without a problem.
I would highly recommend!
Walmart however needed to work on their packaging, my first rod arrived broken and I had to send the broken rod back and wait for the replacement.
I reeled in a 20" stripped bass against the current of the incoming tide into a stream mouth using the 5'6" version of this rod. I did have a an 8 lbs Berkely Fireline to keep the line from breaking.
You can reel in the big ones with no problem, and feels great when used in shallow waters with one ounce sinkers.
Incredible little fishing rod. I was a little skeptical at first because it didn't come with a real. This is the first fishing pole I have ever purchased that did not have a real on it. So I bought a Shakespeare Contender 20. A nice little real that looks like it was made just for this little rod. The very first day out I put on a small little hook and one green power egg for my Daughter Gracie. Within 4 minutes she had a huge 18.5 inch Rainbow Trout hooked up. She cranked and cranked and finally landed this beautiful big trout. She actually caught her limit of 5 fish that day and she is hounded me relentlessly to take her out again. So not only is this a superb fishing pole, it actually brings Daddy's and Daughters together. Shakespeare isn't just about selling fishing gear... They are also about family, and bringing family together. Now that's the kind of company I am happy to spend my dollars with! Keep up the great work Shakespeare! Looks like you have a brand new customer for life. Her name is Gracie Joy, she is 7 years old, and she just loves your fishing pole and reel. -Jason (40 y/o in Cornelius, Oregon)
I love this rod! Nice balance, light weight, and nice feel. My go to rod for trout and bass. Inexpensive too. Great value. Compared it to more expensive Fenwick and St Croix rods at another store and I prefer this rod. Like it so much that I own three rods. You can't go wrong on this rod at this price. It easily handled this chunky carp!
I was replacing a 40 yr old UL rod that was just plain worn out and all i could find were the new, really stiff rods with great big handles and no action. was at wal-mart and saw this little rod and it was exactly what i wanted. i've learned that if you see something that you like, buy it because you might not be able to find another later so i did. got it home, put my 308 on it and some new 4# line and it really casts well. just like the old one that is, of course, no longer made. if you want a UL rod with some action, better get one of these before they stop making them.
I have been ultra lite fishing for years and shakespear has earned a definite life time spot with my other poles. They have made good quality rods for a price ,that any man on a moderate budget, it would be a sad day to see him pass up a deal like shakespear.
Note: I do not work for Shakespear I just really admire there rods!
Although I have Not been able to try my new micro rod since my foot is broken, I am writing this review based on my passed experience, and other reviews. But i will definitely Update the review Dec or Jan , hopefully I will be walking by then.
Its is really nice Rod , great for Pan Fish and Crappie , i also have Braid on about 4lb. in DIA. with a 20in. leader about 6-8 lb. test so if i have a Bass or a Walleye i can handle it
Went out fishing within a week of getting my new micro series rod and caught my first Redear. Rod performed great and had a wonderful panfishing day.
Last week i used is very good & very easy to use!!
The reason why I had to purchase a new rod, the old one I had for over twenty years. My grandson took it fish in and the fish was so large it snapped it. Otherwise, the rod was one of my best and favorite for fresh water fish in. Follow the manufacturer's information and the rod will last forever with the correct care.
I bought the 7'6 ultra light rod about 3 weeks ago. At first I was a little concerned that it didn't have enough back bone to hook a fish, but after landing several 17 inch bass, it is a blast to fish with. I will probably get the 7 foot rod too.
We haven't had a chance to use the pole. it looks and feels great
These rods are amazing when used in combination with the smallest size open face reel you can buy. I use 4 pound test mono and am capable of catching everything from 2 inch long fish to 5 pound largemouth bass. The ONLY downside of these rods is because they are so incredibly sensitive that they are also in quite fragile. I have broken the tip off of my first 7.6 ultralight and a friend of mine broke the tip off of my other 7.6 ultralight. But if you are careful with your rod it will amaze you every time you take it out.
This is a great little rod for trout and pan fish I have also used it to fish and cats to just have some fun and to see if the short rod and four pound test would do the job. I did will with fish up about five pounds or so
I think the handle could be a little shorter for my taste but over all it a nice little rod
Was looking for a new crappie rod..wanted 6.6-7ft..light action..looked around and found shorter rods or way to expensive ones.. found micro series and its perfect.
bought two rods love the action 8 inch gills feel like monsters but one rod came without ceramic insert in tip contacting customer service to see what to do so make sure you inspect before hitting the water.
I put 4lb test on this rod. First time out, got it caught on a branch. The rod snapped in half. The line was fine.