Shimano Front Drag Spinning Reel AX-Series ULSA
I received this as a gift on my birthday from my son because it looks like a wall hanger I used decades ago. I once told him it was one of my favorite fishing poles when I was his age. He even bought me a pole out of the $5.00 bin. This reel is not an all metal construction model like it's decades ago predecessor and probably won't last a lifetime but I had to use it so I wouldn't hurt his feelings. Well it is not the greatest reel anyone knows that but it does work well catching crappie, the drag is sluggish and hard to set with 4 lb. line and the rotor isn't balanced very well but it serves it purpose, It catches fish and it will be a perfect combo for my grandchildren to learn to use once they are done using spincasters. I gave it a 5 for nostalgia, and for the price it is better than a snoopy pole for kids.
December 23, 2007
Answer to Sand problem
I surf fish for corbina in so cal. The problem is the sand, I dont care how much you spend on a spinner if a wave breaks on it, its done. This can happen when your unhooking a fish or just drop it for some reason, sooner or later its gonna get sand in it. For this reason I refuse to spend big bucks on spinners and I've tried a lot of different cheap reels. This one is the best I've found period. Its smooth reeling, smooth drag and casts very well. I was impressed by the feel of it as soon as I bought and used it once. Only bad thing is the cheap plastic handle. If I get sand in the reel I toss it and get another.
August 28, 2012
i have 5 of these reels . for the price they are one of the best reels that i own. they are very smooth. just a dreat reel.. give a 5 star rating
April 7, 2006
Nice little reel for the price
I already had this AX series reel and bought the second one so that I could have two rods rigged with the same reel. I use this reel all the time with 1/8 oz. crank baits and 4# line. It's a nice as a light tackle reel.
My first AX Series reel is six years old and used all the time, has been dunked a few times. With a little bit of TLC it's stiil reeling in the fish.
October 29, 2010