Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 42
Rated 4 out of 5 by backbreaker great value, long casts
I have used this combo for 3 years now and am pleasantly suprised by the performance. I have the 6'-6" mh rod, not the most sensitive rod or smoothest reel, but very durable. I am rougher on my gear than most people. I use it for topwaters and spinnerbaits and the long casts I can get with it are great for covering lots of water. 2 years ago I stepped up and bought a revo reel and g-loomis rod. It's a great setup, but I felt a little foolish when I realized my bill dance combo could outcast my $350 plus setup by 40 to 50 feet. For what I use the rod for it works great. I would not hesitate to buy another one.
February 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by topwaterjoe There is better entry level gear for your money
The MH 7' pole is rated for 3/8oz - 1 oz lures. This was all fine and good since it was bought for pitchin-n-flippin and topwater frogs. The pole performed well until the tip snapped off when fishing heavy cover with 17lb test mono. I believe the pole was rated for 20lb so the line should have snapped before the tip. The reel had issues too. Even casting a lure heavy enough for the pole, using proper form, proper tension, was a guaranteed overrun every time regardless of the seemingly non-existent magnetic brake system.
Two major defects which pretty much defeats the point of owning a baitcast setup.
My suggestion is invest in a $60 Abu Silver Maxx and match it with something like a $60 Berkley lightning rod. It will cost extra, but you will have some decent, proper working entry-level gear you will be happy with.
December 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by gulfcaptain No Problems
okay, read some good reviews and some bad reviews. As for my experience with this combo, it's all been good. I like the feel of the IM6 rod, sensitive but gives when needed. The reel is a basic no frills bait caster. No there instructions and as I remember it, I learned to use one of these years ago by trial and error. Isn't that the way we all learned? If you're rod broke, odds are you had a flaw in the blank where it got nicked during shipping either to you or the store. My advice before buying any rod would be to check it over a couple times. Look at the guides, check the blank for anything that might be subject before purchasing it. But for this combo I got it over a year ago and have no complaints. Keep the reel oiled and cleaned every few months and you're good. I fish mine with 15lb powerpro and haven't had any problems.
September 30, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rodni Rod & Reel Combo
I like the rod & reel I purchased but I did not receive an instruction sheet/book that illustrates how to adjust the reel for different weight lures.
I will have to learn by ntrial and error which will mean less fishing time while learning the functions.
On the whole I like the reel,smooth casting as long as it does not backlash. I would buy it again.
The rod is one piece 7 foot. I will take a while getting use to the extra lenth as I always used 5 to 6 feet rods for fishing. I will win.
August 27, 2012