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17 reviews | 4.6 out of 5
If you fish for catfish or other large species, this is about the best bang for your buck you are going to find. The reel is smooth casting and on the retrieve, with a good drag and plenty of pulling power due to the low gear ratio. A great reel for beginners or occassional fisherman. Just push the button and throw it out, day or night. As to line, I would go with a quality line like Berkley Big Game or Stren in a 15-17 lb weight. The line that comes with it is OK, but it is very stiff, heavy and will not cast that well. A great product from Zebco!
This is my second purchase of the Zebco 808. I bought the first one 2 years ago and I'm still using it. I grew up using a spincast reel, and I just love them. This one is great for saltwater fishing. I have no problem at all reeling in the big fish. Would highly reccommend!
I do a lot of river fishing for catfish. The Zebco 808 is a great baitcasting reel. It holds up to a lot of abuse. Would recommend this reel to anyone, and the price you just cant beat. Good luck on the fishing.
It doesn't matter if you are casting from the bank or from your boat this reel will to the job. It is smooth and powerful. This is my second one and the other is 15 years old and still working.
as good as any out there
I love zebco 808 magnum reels. The reel has a very smooth retreive and good pulling power from the low gearing. It casts like an absolute dream. I would prefer the bait alert switch to be metal but its not that big of a deal. Re-spool it with 50 or 65lb powerpro braid and put it on a berkley big game rod and you've got a very nice catfishing setup. Can't beat this reel at this price!
Had this same model of reel many years ago. This new reel is made much better and looks better also. The all metal gears are very smooth and the line that came on the reel is very useable. Great buy for the money.
This is a great fishing reel and the fast service from Walmart was exceptional. The best part was shipping was cheap and extremely fast, quicker than expected.
I haven't got to use this yet but it is all metal and by the looks of it will last a long time. It comes lined with 25 lb. test. Lord willing I will use this for Catfishing this year. If you do not have a rod for it I would use a Catfishing rod 7+ feet and Heavy action. I got this as a replacement reel and the only thing that bothers me about it is when you put the reel in it fits but part are the reel that connects to the rod is sort of arched so the center of where is attaches sort of stands off the rod but when you twist it down the ends fit just right so I do not think its a problem and Its in there pretty tight though and doesn't look like it is going anywhere
Have used the regular 808 and decided to give this magnum a try. Have not caught anything substantial with it yet but I am sure it will do fine with the larger (25# and up)fish I fish for in the spring.
I own several and no proublems. Great for all ages.easy cast..no drama fishing. love the bait alert. The best big fish reel.thanks Walmart and zebco
Caught 2 12 pound catfish and a pile of smaller ones using it. Never had a problem getting them landed
I have read the other reviews and thus far I have not had any of those issues. I have used it in Saltwater and reeled in a 30-50lb ray with no problem. The drag worked like it was supposed too. I will this reel is large and heavy, and is better suited for either a larger MH rod or a H rod.