Zebco 202 Spincasting Rod and Reel Combo with Tackle
Zebco®'s classic 202® Rod and Reel Combo comes spooled with 70 yards of 10-pound test and is designed for medium-light fishing. Spincast reel features all-metal helical gears, spring-loaded dial drag and stainless steel, 20-point pick-up system. Two-piece rod has ceramic guides and an EVA handle. Kit includes 60-piece tackle assortment.
- Tough ABS housing
- Positive Pickup™
- 2.8:1 gear ratio
- Star-adjustable drag
- Built-in Hook Keeper™
- Chrome-plated cover
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.