The reel is arguably the best you can find for the money. Not only does it have good line capacity (210y of 10lb) it is well built and light. Also, its polymeric body should help resist corrosion. One reviewer mentioned the bail is a little hard to return. Compared to fine reels, he may be correct, however, I usually close the bail w/ my hand and the bail certainly will close via crank with a little effort. In addition, though I do not need it, with this combo you do not get an extra spool. The reel is great for its specifications. Good feel, whip is nice, and appearance is good. Cork handles too. It is 6'6 long two piece. This combo is the same price as the reel alone in store (note: in store you get extra spool). You could buy this combo and buy a longer sturdier rod for bigger fishing. Bottom line is reel is great for med-light to med-heavy fishing, rod is good for med-light and is 6'6 so better for canoe/kayak than pier/surf.
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