Along with a price tag that can't be beat, the Bass Pro Shops 2011 MegaCast Baitcast Combos offer the performance-based features that allow anglers to fight fish, and not their gear.
The Bass Pro Shops® MegaCast® Baitcast Reel is now more palmable than ever with lightweight features like our Recurve handle and graphite frame. It's also never been smoother with a 4-bearing system and 10-position magnetic braking system. Other features include 6.3:1 gearing, machined-aluminum spool, Powerlock - instant anti-reverse, 12 lbs. of drag power and a smooth star drag.
The 2011 MegaCast Baitcast Combo pairs our lightweight baitcaster with a durable graphite composite rod featuring comfortable cork handles, aluminum oxide guides, and a nylon reel seat.
Rated 5 out of 5 Awesome Combo
This was my first bait caster and I haven't had any problems with it, At first I was having some strong backlash but After turning the Tension dial to 10 and then working my way down they have become A LOT less frequent.. Im still getting used to it but I would definitely recommend to a friend from the experience I've had with it
July 17, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by StLBluesfan A cinch so far...
Bought this as my first baitcaster. Didn't wqant to make a big-dollar commitment, so the $39.99 price point was perfect. Did a quick google search for tuning in the reel and went to the pond down the street. I tied on a 3/4 oz. spoon and dialed in the casting control knob. Kept the brake parked in between 5-6 and started chucking it. Probably backlashed 5 times out of 100 casts. Can't see why I was so apprehensive about trading out my spinning rig, but can't see going back to it as my every day choice. Got a trip in 4 weeks. Hopefully it will be full of calls for "fish on".
July 16, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cfish2 C_fisher
I ordered the 6'6 mh combo the reel isn't bad smooth and seems to be pretty good so far with a little fine tuning... The rod on the other hand was to light for my likings it was closer to m then mh... This combo would be great for learning how to cast a bait cast or just as a back up
July 9, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by BlitzkriegATX Sorta-MegaCast
I should probably start by saying that I have been fishing for years, but this is my first baitcaster. It didn't take me more than a few days to be able to cast it reliably - it seems to be quite user-friendly, but I have no basis for comparison.
I'm giving this combo three stars, because the reel feels cheap and is made of high density plastic - the rod, however, is nice and very sensitive, though it is a little on the heavy-side when compared to higher quality rods.
I've had this for a couple of weeks now and fished it a few times. Every now and then, the button on the reel decides not to click down when I push the button and I end up smacking something (quite hard) with my lure or have to press, reel in, and press again several times as a result. I'm fairly sure that this is due to me receiving a defective reel, but I can't be sure. It seemed to be working fine for the first few days, though.
The mechanical and magnetic braking systems work nicely and are fairly tunable. The drag system, however, could be better. It feels like the weakest part on the reel, is made out of thin plastic and isn't all that exact. The reel does come with a warranty, though.
Good quality rod, not so much the reel
June 26, 2012
I recently bought this combo with a 7' med-heavy rod. Once you get it tuned in, it's fool proof. I'm running 30 lb Power Pro braided line and throwing 1 1/2 ounce swimbaits with ease. You cant go wrong with this combo. I hope this helps. Goodluck and FISH ON!!!
In my opinion, no. It is a bait casting combo. I have never done flipping with this combo without getting a bird's nest mess. I use it to cast into the weeds from a distance from my boat. I love this combo where I re-learned how to baitcast once again, I had been using strickly spining gear. Now I use both, however, when I change from spinning to bait casting I must remember to put my thumb on the line when I cast.
I would go with a medium rod for lake trout with 10lb monofilament or fluorocarbon depending on the body of water and what I'm using. For river/stream trout I would use an ultra-lite setup with 4lb mono.
In my humble opinion I would not use a bait caster while trout fishing. Usually the lures are too light. If I were you I'd get a good spinning reel. Can't go wrong with a good spinner while trout fishing.