REBATE Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® SP60 Spinning Rod and Reel Combo
This well-matched, affordable spinning set-up pairs the world's toughest rod - the Shakespeare Ugly Stik with a smooth and reliable 35 size spinning reel. Built using the Howaled Process design which combines graphite and fiberglass to create a super-strong and sensitive rod, the Ugly Stik features the quick-taper Clear Tip® design, durable and lightweight Ugly Tuff™ EVA grips and stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts. The 35 size graphite spinning reel features one ball bearing, E-Z Cast™ trigger and is spooled with 8 lb. fishing line.
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2. How long has it lasted
3. Is a 10lb line good enough for smallmouth bass/waleye/northern pike fishing
4. Is this good for smallmouth bass
5. Is it hard to replace the line in the reel
6. Is the EZcast hard to use or helpful
7. Have you replaced the reel
I think thats about it thanks sooo much for taking the time to answer these. This will be my first rod I'll ever buy and I want to make sure its a good one
(2) I have kept this rod in the back of my car for the past 18 months or so and it has done great. I accidently bent the line guide on the tip, then while trying to corrent it with a pair of pliers, I crushed the aluminum oxide ring that keeps the line from getting cut, so I had to replace the guide on the rod tip, which cost me $1. I don't like the way the reel lock mechanism works because, after a while, the part of the handle that twists on to lock the reel in place will crack down the middle. I just put a couple of zip ties on to keep it from splitting further. Otherwise, these rods are unbreakable.
(3) 10# is definately good enough for smallmouth bass. I have caught many bass with the original 8# line. I have never fished for pike or waleye.
(4) I have used this rod to catch largemouth bass, striped bass and catfish, and I have pulled in some good size fish with this combo, though nothing in the double digits. I use this rod primarily for bass fishing, so I think it's great for that.
(5) No, but the Stren that comes pre-spun on there is a really good line; very tough.
(6) I grew up fishing before these little levers came along, so I just don't use them out of habit. I have given it a shot a few times with both my Shakespeare and Shimano reels, and it seems easy enough; I am just so used to flipping the bail open with my other hand and don't want to bother with having to retrain myself. It certainly does not get in the way if you decide not to use it.
(7) I have used various other reels on this rod. The rod is definately where the value is (rod costs $30 if purchased separately). The reel is nothing to write home about. In fact, you can buy these exact same reels in bulk on various websites for $4-$8 a piece. I can't say I've had any problems with it, but I don't expect it to last much longer.
It is well worth the price