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56 reviews | 4 out of 5
Overall i would say i am pleased. No longer must you use either a bell (that sometimes doesn't work well enough especially in windy conditions) nor do you have to use the old school method of hanging a bobber from slack in the line. The only other thing that is truely better than the bite alert is a bite sensor (they get really expensive and take some room).
Overall i have had overall good luck. First fish landed was a 7 lb channel took him with ease! I have to say catching the smaller scale ones almost seems to take the fight out of them as the open face gear ratios help crank em in.
Make sure you preset the bite alert to your comfort zone, this includes the drag setting as well as it does play an instrumental part.
The only reason that i didn't give it a better rating is that the factory line that comes on it is really not that great. I would suggest you also pick up some Spectra Stealth or PowerPro for your new reel. As the factory placed string causes some problems.
I took a good 50 yrds off of it before using as there was too much already on there (could forsee a tangle as one on the racks was already!)
you get your moneys worth for this combo. the first time i used the hawg seeker was in saltwater and we were fishing for 10 to 20 pound barracuda. caught over 10 that day and was impressed by the rod and reels performance. this is an all around fishing rod and i like the price i got it for.
Great rod and reel combo. The second day I had it caught a 25# flathead. Took about 15 minutes to get it in, and was very pleased how the gear held up.
The day I picked up the Hawg Seeker I caught a starry flounder the first time I cast it out. Love this rod as I continue to catch fish with it.
This rod combo never has failed me yet.I hardly miss one at night with this assembly. It's worth every penny saved up for it.
No longer need previous alerts on rod(flashlight, bell, etc.). I used it almost nightly in the summer time with the smallest of probably 40 fish caught being 4lb and the largest 16lb in swift current. I've not missed a single fish when the sensor goes off. I've recomended this to lift long fishermen and beginners alike.
the hawg seeker is a very nice pole and reel for the money i realy like it a lot the only complant is the bait alert which works good but the first night i used it it started to rain and they say the electronics are water resistent my oppion is they should be water proof this is why i didn't give it a full 5 star other than that its great
I have used Zebco reels and rods for more the 27 years and I have never been disappointed in performance ( nor appearance ) .
I fish year 'round ...rain sleet snow... and Zebco reels and rods go right along with me everytime .
For the price, this combo is an outstanding deal. The first fish I caught on this new rig was a 38 pound flathead catfish. Not one issue. I did when I recieved it take off a bit of the line. I could see that there was to much and would cause issues later. But the bite alert worked great. I set both rigs with live perch as bait. Fished all night with just a pen lite. Didnt use the lantern unless I needed a pop out of the cooler :) . When the flat head took and ran with the perch. The bite alert woke me from sleeping in my lawn chair lol. Buy this rig if you like slip floating or fishing with live perch for sure.
I bought this pole a couple of years ago and put 65 pound power pro ive hooked up on 40 pound cats and i am very impressed with how well it handles
This is an interesting fishing combo. At first I couldn't get the bite alarm to work while fishing. No instructions stating that you must REMOVE the green try me button in order to "turn on" the bite alert. So, I found out by accident. I thought the alert was broken as the green button was missing off of one of the poles. (I bought 2 combos) Then I noticed that next to the "try me green button" was "On/Off" switch which you must have "On" in order for the bite alert to work. Over all, I find this combo very interesting and hope it works well for us.
This rod and reel combo is an exceptional fishing pole. I would recommend it to anyone.
Zebco has a great concept but a poor product. First, the bait alert system is very problematic and once you add water (even the water from line retrieval) causes the system to short out and break permantly. Second, the plastic assembly that connects the reel to the pole breaks under the slightest amont of stress allowing the reel to spin freely around the pole and slide up and down rendering the pole useless. I bought 2 at separate times both broke on their first fishing trip. Stay away from these zebco combos unless only plan to look at it in the rod rack! Walmart is great though, they gave me a refund in case you make the same mistake I did.
Got this for son's birthday, and he loves it!!!! Now he likes going fishing.
The fishing pole was for my 12 year old grandson. He has used it twice. Once in the bay and then in the lake. It is too big for perch fishing but great for cat fishing. So far he really likes it. He especially likes the beeper when he has a fish on the line. so all in all he is very satisfied.
My Husband bought me my first Hawg Seeker
for my birthday this year and I loved it but so did my grandson and somehow he has possession of it
now so I ordered me a new one. I love
Zebco Reels and have been using them for
40 or more years as well as my dad before
me. It is a Great Throwing Rig.
Great for small fish or large. Get plenty of action no matter what type of fish you hook.
First time I used this the reel broke.I put a new reel on,not a zebco,and used it several times.The rod handles big fish extremely well and seems to be built fairly well.
So i buy this very fishing pole on friday august 6th 2010. The very next day august 7th 2010, I get out to lake erie to use this pole, and the first fish i catch,which was about a 2 lb catfish snaps the pole right in half where the rod tip slides into the pole. so needless to say the very first time using this product and the first fish i caught with it was all it took to snap this pole like a twig. would not recommend this product because even on zebco's web site they dont make replacement tips for these poles.
Very disapointed because the bite alert worked great.
The rod work pretty good, except for the tip Zebco did a bad job on the tip!
What i reccommend is take it to the bait shop and get a better tip! Here's how
Listen to me carefully
1. Heat the tip of the rod and the tip comes right off without cutting the ROD!!!!!
2. Select the correct new tip after you take the old tip off first.
3. I used the rod cement. Heat the rod cement apply evenly to the rod ,
4. Put the new tip on and align it with the other eyelets on the rod.
5. Let the tip cool and go fish! You should not need to crip the tip.
Now i go to sandusk and bring home cooler of catfish , bass and white perch tasty...,, might as well get a electric fillet knife your gonna need it.
You will need to take some line off this rod.
It would have been nice to get a 2nd spool!