Bass Pro Shops® MegaCast® Spinning Reels
best reel I've bought
I bought one of these over the summer and just absolutely love it and Im thinking about getting at least two more
September 21, 2012
Great Performance/Value Item
I live on the water.... Chesapeake Bay to be exact. I fish daily.....as long as the season is open, and often 'off' season just to feed my addiction (release only). If I'm not in the bay trying to catch a Rock Fish, I'm in a creek trying to catch Perch for the crab traps....which is more alike a 5 day a week deal. I use my 20FA model reel almost exclusively now....having tried and used literally DOZENS of other types and models. I find the 20 fits the bill perfectly for smaller fish with a medium/light rod and 6 pound test mono. I get LONG casts with light lures....like 1/4 to 1/6 oz.....smooth retrieve....great 'feel' in the rod......and most of all I LOVE the immediate anti-reverse! I should also mention that the drag works wonderfully well.....smooth and even with no stiff-spots where it hangs up. Overall, it's a great reel.....and I plan to buy several more, as well as up-grade some of my 'medium' Bay rods with the 40FA models. This is probably the best performing reel I've used, and compared to my other reels costing 8 to 10 times as much....this reel is easily the best Bang-4-the-Buck out there!
July 30, 2012
The Megacast reel is fantastic. It is very smooth casting and retrieves line very smoothly. I would highly recommend this product.
July 8, 2012
Excellent Reel For The Money, But...
I bought the MG30FA and the MG40FA for bass and catfish. These reels, for the most part, are a very good value for the money; very smooth, a nice smooth drag, good looking, and good quality for the money, except for this one HUGE problem: the line rollers on both reels don't spin! I was fishing for channel cats and had a good day. I probably caught 40-50 cats between 3-16 lbs. Fishing with 20 lb. braid, by the 10th or 12th cat, I noticed my line was starting to fray. At first, I thought one of my rod guides was maybe chipped or cracked. I inspected every single guide closely, and they were all fine. That's when I looked at the line roller and noticed that it wasn't turning! The line rollers wouldn't turn on either reel! Back at home, I took the line rollers apart, and completely cleaned and lubed them. No matter what I did, they just wouldn't spin. This is a problem that shouldn't exist in today's reels, no matter the price. It seems the line roller design on these reels is needlessly complicated. When you take it apart, there is the line roller, a plastic bushing underneath, a metal washer, and two plastic washers! The spindle that all this sits on also has an unnecessary "keyed end" to it, and the washers have a slot that the end of the spindle fits into, and if you don't get it JUST right, it won't fit together properly. I tried every possible way, and even though every time there was plenty of end play for the line roller to spin, I still couldn't get the dang thing to spin! All a reel needs is a line roller, a plastic sleeve bushing, and a thrust washer. I have an old BPS MegaCast 40 from 1991, and several other older spinning reels with this simple roller design, and they still work flawlessly to this day. How could the designers of this reel get this wrong? Also, one of the reel's spare spools was missing the retaining clip for the drag disks. To say the least, I wasn't happy. All said and done, I returned both reels, and will be looking for something else. Buyer beware!
June 28, 2012