Bass Pro Shops Extreme Spincast Reel
Returned 3 of these due to casting button/lever breaking off, hard to real after a couple weeks and nicks in my line. None of them lasted more then a month of fishing. Perched 2 of the zebco 22 authentic after giving up on the Extreme and its been a solid performer for 2 months now. Buying 4 more soon due to its the best real for the money and the next 22 generation may be junk.
November 2, 2014
I love spincast reels, but hate the fact that they don't get the attention to detail that spinning reels and baitcasters do. I originally bought this in combo with a brawler rod for bass fishing. The reel casts really nicely, and the retrieve is smooth, but to claim it has 9lbs of drag is a huge stretch. I love the IDEA behind this reel, I just hope BPS refines it further. The construction quality is not great-side plate came off in 1st two weeks, and like other reviewers, I lost the thumb pad pretty quick. After hooking a few bass that overpowered the drag I switched the reel over to an ultralight rod for trout fishing, and there it really does shine-casts really well with very little weight and gives you plenty of sensitivity and control on the retrieve. I will probably pick up another one or two of these for trout and panfish. By the way, the construction quality issues are not unique to basspro-I have spent more money on spincasters from daiwa and others and had worse problems. I would like to see a larger version with more drag, and I would love to see BPS address a few of the nagging issues. In summary this is a good reel-the only disappointment is that with a little work it could be a great one, and it's not quite there yet.
September 15, 2014
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
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