Rated 3 out of 5 by bassman346 extreme spincast
A lot of good features, however the weakness of this reel is in the thumb bar ,I own 3 of these reels and have broken the thumb bar on 2 reels ,plastic really!, bought to replace Zebro 33, going back to Zebco 33
September 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by lgc102 Good, Could Be Better
I fish spincast by preference, over 30 years. This reel is almost great - basically a Daiwa Goldcast with extra bearings and a different button. I like the Goldcast, but it has some issues - notably a rough no-bearing retrieve plus a knock that develops as the oscillating lever starts to wear that make the Goldcast hard to use for finesse/sensitive feel fishing. The BPS Extreme Spincast solves some of the Goldcast problems, but adds a few annoyances.
Reel casts very well, retrieves smoothly, and is all around nice to work with. The odd button configuration takes some getting used to, but is fine, and is metal and feels sturdy.
Downsides: out of the box, the line started picking up little nicks after an hour or so of casting. The inside of the cover is fluted with vent holes which are somewhat sharp. Not nearly as bad as the Zebco Omega, which puts huge nicks in mono from those idiotically designed open vents with sharp edges, but enough to worry. I rounded these off with a steel brush/dremmel, and this problem went away.
The rubber on the button comes off very easily, as other reviewers said. I superglued this on with Loctite 498, and hopefully it won't come off on my again.
Worked well with 10lb mono, but I tried Berkely fireline. NOT recommended. Cast ok, but after 2 hours of casting it started to catch in the reel, opened it up and the fireline had worn a sharp gouge in the nose cone where the pickup pin holds the line. Not sure how Fireline compares to the Power Pro braid another reviewer mentioned, but took off the fireline right away and had to spend more time with the dremmel grinding out the notch. Seems ok now.
Line twisting problems with this, as with other spincasts - not as bad as the Silvercast, maybe a bit worse than the Goldcast, but as long as I change line regularly it should stay under control.
I'd love to see a version of this where the inside of the cover is deburred properly, and the nice low-friction wear-resistant carbonitride coating applied to the cover outlet where the line goes out is also applied to the rotating pickup pin and the rotating nose cone. That would take it out of the $30 range, but I'd be fine with that. Bare stainless is a horrible friction material, and it won't wear well.
Hope it doesn't develp the thumpy-thump on the oscillator mechanism after a year that my Goldcasts do, but after 2 months heavy casting and abuse it's holding up fine so far.
Overall - good, could be better.
August 10, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Clockhart Backwards
The release mechanism is backwards from a normal spin cast reel. It releases upon depression of the thumb button not the release of the thumb button.
I removed it from the box, put it on a rod and went fishing. Unless mine was not working right it is NO comparison to a good zebco. Although to retrieval form me 10' casts was very fast and smooth. I felt like an idiot.. It was horrible.
June 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JROtt This has a reel flaw! (pun intended)
I purchased two of these reels for the small-handed fisherman in my family because of the lowered thumb pad. The reels work perfectly and are easy to use in every way. That being said, I consider the following to be a design flaw that needs to be addressed. The rubber pad on the thumb release came off both reels. They were only held on by a friction fit of two rubber nibs. Once the pad came off there was no getting the nibs back into the holes. Glue wouldn't work due to the different materials, so I ended up attaching the pads with two tiny screws and nuts. Granted, the price for these reels is very reasonable but people want quality.
June 4, 2014