Zebco 202 Spincasting Rod and Reel Combo with Tackle
My first rod/reel combo was a Zebco spincaster. So, it was with great anticipation that I bought the 202 combo kit with the added tackle for my 4 year old son's first outfit.
He was so excited to get it and even more excited to fish with it for the first time. Sure enough, he caught a 1 pound Bluegill and a 3 pound Largemouth for his first two fish. But that's where the fun ended. The pole snapped in two when he set the hook on that Bass.
We easily exchanged the broken rod for a brand new combo and headed to the mountains for some Trout fishing. While fighting a pan sized Rainbow, my son and I heard a "SNAP". This time it wasn't the rod but the reel cover (made of very cheap plastic) that gave way under the strain of rather small fish.
We thought we'd try one more exchange. Again, we were quickly disappointed when the reel just completely locked up when my son was working a Senko worm.
It is very apparent that Zebco isn't putting a lot of quality control on this product. I will say that the tackle kit is a decent collection of grubs, worms, and other assorted items to help get anyone fishing right off the bat. But, it's just not enough to justify the purchase of this combo. In my book, three strikes and you are out! I am now looking to get my son a new spincaster. It sure won't be a 202.
December 30, 2007
This is one of the best fishing poles on earth. I have caught more fish on a 202 than my spining pole. its good to keep in the car or for beginers or for backpacking overall its great
July 17, 2006
Many people should have this. All anglers should have this. I caught a shovel head shark using this set. I also caught a salt water catfish.
August 11, 2007
convenient, but reel is rough
The spincast reel seems to get snagged a lot - at least upon first use. It may get better when you use and wind up sections of the line repeatedly.
Otherwise, not a bad little starter kit to make the first time fishing experience pretty easy.
May 9, 2011