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17 reviews | 3.1 out of 5
I bought one of these combos approximately four years ago and it's still going strong. With any fishing reel there is some maintenance involved, but as long as you occasionally oil and grease them, they'll keep going. I've caught bream, bass and catfish on this combo and it doesn't miss a lick. I did change the fishing line that came on it from 4 lb mono to 15lb Spiderwire braid and I use an 8lb leader (approx 4 feet in length) of Trilene XL armor coated, but I hate to lose fish and I have more confidence in the braid w/ leader. The rod has a great ultra light action, so a two pound bass is an awesome fight. I especially like the length of the rod [mine is a 4' 6"] which allows me to be in some pretty tight areas around trees and overhanging limbs and still be able to cast with accuracy. Lastly, who can argue the price? Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, it's a great little combo. Go get yourself one, I think you'll be impressed!
I've had this rod for a few years, and it's one of the best bang-for-the-buck purchases I've ever made. I've used it many times to fish from the lake shore. It can actually reel in bigger fish than the 4lb. line it comes with.
I love the slip-proof cork handle. The rod itself is light, easily flickable with the wrist, and allows very good feel of even the tiniest bluegill hitting the lure. I disassembled the reel once already and restored it's performance to factory. I've caught legal sized lake trout and black bass, a pikeminnow, and quite a few bluegill over the years with it.
If a person wanted a rod and reel in small pkg., this is for that person.
I bought this rod to be simple little bream/perch rod. I expected nothing more out of it, I left the 4 pound line on it and treated the rod very gently because I was a little unsure of "ultralight rods" being I have seen some people have success with them and I have also seen a lot of them break for absolutely no reason.
On the first trip fishing with this rod, I had enough time to catch one rock bass/goggle eye and hang a couple very small bass (we're talking 6-10 inch bass here, not anything near the 4-6 pounds this rod is rated for) and I did not pick the fish up with the rod or anything because as I said: I was a little unsure about it. I had always heard Shakespeare made good reels and I hoped rods being as why I didn't buy the uglystik.
But, to my expectation when all I did was pull my little grub in on the bank and set my rod down gently to remove the grass off of the grub about 3-4 inchs of the rod tip broke under absolutely no more pressure than it should have been designed to handle. So little of pressure, it kind of surprised me. Mine might of just been a defect, but I'd suggest an Uglystik or some other type of rod that is known to hold up.
It broke the first time I used it. The fish was very small, so it wasn't like I used it incorrectly.
nifty little rod and reel. throw in a hook and a senko worm and your set. very light and sensitive. throw it in your truck for whenever you see a pond.
Have been using the micro combo for over a year for crappie. Last trip to Guntersville Lake, Alabama caught a 4# + largemouth on it with no issues. Had to do some back reeling but both the rod and reel handled it with no problems. Have also caught hybrid and cats on it when fishing for crappie. Can't "horse 'em" but the rod and reel stood up no problem.
I own several Shakespeare combos and they are by far the value and the toughest rods on the market. I love them more than my expensive rods.
casts a mile reels smoth and fast ,7 ft allows presice bait placement ,
Nice light reel, can feel the fish.
these rods work great for stream fishing. I love the light weight design and the sensitivity. I fish with it every other weekend but I broke 3 of them within 2 1/2 years, broke the first 2 from trying to un snag my my hook across/in the creek i was using braided line I think that's why i pushed the pole over its designed weight limit and the other one was from not paying attention to the rod tip, but I keep on coming back for more. cant really go wrong with this setup. to be honest its the perfect pole for camping and hiking. give it a shot you'll be glad that you did
p.s. the reel is fine no problems at all
I bought this combo less than a year ago and was happy it until it fell apart when some of the line was caught under the spool. It managed to pop the poorly designed retaining washer so the spring and metal engagement to the drag are lost. The retaining washer has tabs that grip the plastic nub to hold the spring in place. Cheap. Hopefully cheap to replace I like the combo other than that. We will see how Shakespeare's warranty/ customer service works out.
bought this combo to trout fish. it often will wind line below the spool sometimes going under spool and getting wrapped up on inner shaft.and shaft nut keeps backing off . will be returning for refund.
I bought one for bluegill fishing. Ongoing issues with line getting under spool plus tip breaks easily. Save your money and buy something else.
i purchased a 7 foot ultralight and the first time I took it out, the rod tip broke off within 2 hours. I exchanged it and got the 5 foot ultralight model instead, on the 15th cast the tip broke off on this rod also. I will not exchanged this out I will put it right where it belongs, in the trash can
I bought a Shakespeare Micro Series spinning combo model# MGSP461UL 4'6" rod in October 2014. The first time Trout fishing this year and after only 5-6 casts, this rod broke into. I am very disappointed in this product and would not
recommend it to anyone...
Bought this combo yesterday (6/20/15) Took it out this morning, after catching 3 small bluegill rod broke 5" front the top