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Zebco® Pro Staff® 888® Reel

   

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PS888A

Left/Right

2.6:1

Line Capacity:
25/125

Ball Bearings:
4

Recovery:
20" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
20
  • One of the most popular fishing reels in the world
  • Perfect for medium to heavy fishing situations
  • Steel ball-bearing drive
  • Selectable Continuous Anti-Reverse™
  • Dual cam drag system
  • Dual ceramic pickup pins
  • 100% metal drive train
  • Auto Bait Alert™
  • Prespooled with 25 lb. monofilament

One of the most popular fishing reels in the world! Zebco's Pro Staff 888 Spincast Reel is perfect for medium to heavy fishing situations. The high-performing Pro Staff 888 Spincast Reel features a dependable dual cam drag system, smooth steel ball-bearing drive, dual ceramic pickup pins and selectable Continuous Anti-Reverse for solid hook sets. The Pro Staff 888 is prespooled with 25-pound monofilament line so it's ready to fish right from the box.

Rated 4 out of 5 by 24 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Best Inexpensive Catfish Reel! I've been cat fishing with this reel for 15-20 years now. I am currently fishing with my 3rd & 4th Zebco 888 over all those years. No they are not made of high quality materials, but they are tough as nails on a muddy bank. Match it up with a Ugly Stick and you've got a dependable, inexpensive, working tool. Although, I made one mistake with this reel about 7 years ago, I took it saltwater fishing for stingray. It was my first time for this type of fishing, but I knew this reel could standup to 30lb. catfish and figured stingrays wouldn't be much different. Wrong! A big "cat" won't run very long before it gives up. On the other hand, a nice stingray will run 50lbs + and has 10 times the energy. And heaven forbid if you let it settle on bottom beneath the mud or sand. After that first good hookup, I ruined my my much touted 888. I didn't know plastic housing could get so hot. After one good run and much cursing, the drag was totally shot. Bottom line is; don't bring a knife to a gun fight. December 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Spincast for cat and carp! I've owned this reel for a year now and it's still going strong after catching dozens of 20+ lb cats and carp. This reel was made for them. The bait clicker and the simplicity in design is the selling point for me. The 888 will cast a mile using a 1oz egg sinker. I've zero problems using this reel and I use and abuse 2 of them. The only gripe I have is that the back cover is abs plastic. I wish Zebco would make a "Platinum" version of this reel.(with bait alert!) Who needs a 100.00 baitcaster when this reel is just as good if not better. If ya think about it, this is a simplified version of a baitcaster. No birds nests... no hang ups... no problems. 5/5 October 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great reel for big fish, low cost $37! Don't want to drop a bundle for a big-fish levelwind or baitcaster? Want the feel, simplicity and cranking power of a levelwind? Something that fits a short, stout big-fish levelwind rod? THIS is the reel! Awesome! GIANT spincaster - you can bring in Halibut with this thing. Spools almost 200 yards of 20lb line. Well over 200 yards of 17lb. line. (That's two football fields deep). It will fling weighted bait or a lure a country mile (Try that with a levelwind or baitcaster). NEVER a backlash or tangle. You can really cast and retrieve swimming lures with this reel. A jig-users dream. The thing is like a small winch! Strong! Nothing to break - ultra simple design. THE PRICE. Whopper catfish, Halibut, Musky, big Pike, Drum, Amberjack, grouper, Albacore, you name it...... October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome ChannelCat Reel! My wife has this reel on her LadyUgly Stik with 17lb mono on it. She loves it. Pretty durable. Operates smoothly. Casts wonderfully. Pretty good torque for a spincaster. If I didn't use baitcasters and Spinning Reels, I would would buy a couple more of the 888's! Good job Zebco! :) It doesn't operate at the same level as my baitcasters...............but, it's not a baitcaster. We're very satisfied. Would definitely recommend. June 24, 2013
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Is this salt water rated

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Im lookin at the 808sw and now I see this 888, but it does not have the sw designation.
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 - St. Pete, FL
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No, this reel is freshwater. I don't think they have a saltwater version of the 888.
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I use mine in salt water, The spools did start to corrode after a while, but you can replace them with stainless spools from Zebco.
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I can't answer this question because the 808sw is designated for sw and the 888 is not, I think as long as you clean it up after use it shouldn't matter.
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as far as I know this is not for salt water
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It is not rated for saltwater. Stay with a reel with the SW rating. The power and line capacity of the 808 and the 888 are almost identical anyway.
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 - Asheville, NC
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the 888 is a great salt water reel but find the older version with the star drag system on the handle.

the knob drag system on the new 888 is the same junky one used for the 808 and it cant handle big fish.

also the 888 has a better gear ratio then the 808's
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