Bass Pro Shops Bionic Blade XPS Micro Guide/Bionic Plus Baitcast Reel and Rod Combo
Very Happy so far
They had a sale this week and I picked up the reel and rod seperatly and was cheaper than the combo price. Today is the first day I used it and it worked perfect. Bass Pro shop has a very good return policy so if this breaks, I will return it. However, it is very quite, smooth and I can cast a mile with the 7' rod. I originally had a pro qualifier on the rod and just couldn't get any distance. I picked up the bionic reel and no I can cast a mile. The micro guides are a bit smaller than my other micro guide rods. So you really need to use the Bionic Plus reel. It is designed to work with the smaller guides. I am pretty impressed so far. We will see what happens, I read the other reviews and with today's manufacturing, there are always some lemons in every batch, I got a lemon reel from another very well known expensive brand, returned it for a new one and no issues over the last year. just sayin. This is a great deal and it is a nice rod. Like I said, time will tell.
January 25, 2015
Good bang for the buck
As far as quality goes, you're getting what you pay for. It's built well enough to handle moderate neglect/abuse for a good while from the average weekend warrior and will probably last that guy 10+ years until it ends up in a garage sale. For a pro, he could nitpick the details that could make it better, and the overly abusive will find a way to break it; but let's be honest, are any of us pros or rough-handlers, and if so, why are we considering this? I think this is right around the high/mid range for what the average fisherman needs. And for that, I'd say it's got some really neat features similar to much more expensive rigs, and quality that makes dropping a buck forty not so painful. Oh yeah, this thing is LIGHT! Like space-age light. I got the medium and the action is somewhere in the middle of medium and med/heavy. The only actual gripe I can come up with is that the centrifugal brakes seem redundant: there's the internal brakes that operate at high spool speed (normal) and the magnetic friction adjustment (also normal) but then an extra low-spool-speed centrifugal brake, which to my non-professional mind seems redundant with how I use the friction adjustment. My gripe: too much adjustability for a reel in a non-pro price range. Leave that kind of tweaking to guys that need that much adjustment. Other that that, I think it's an awesome combo that will be a workhorse of mine for many years.
August 28, 2014
Rod good reel bad
I just bought this rod and reel combo. I was pumped to try it out. But it stop working correctly already on my first fish I caught on it. It was just spinning in my hand but no line was pulling in. So I just had to grab the line and pull a 4lb bass by hand. But on the other hand the rod is great it has good set and feel very comfortable. Also I love the micro guides, you can feel much more. I just wouldn't buy the reel
March 30, 2014
unlike the other reviews, I hate the rod! The stupid micro guides inserts fall out while using it. when working a bait it will hear a clicking sound and it will be the guide flopping around on the line. I have had very little problems with the reel, but much prefer the pro qualifier. Do not buy the rod. you can buy the reel but get these rods off the market.
May 22, 2014