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Posted: May 29 2007,17:49

Well it finally happened.  Sue Sea and I spent three days in Key Largo doing Largo Sound each day.  The third day we were halfway there when I realized I'd left my favorite spinning rig back in Lauderdale.

No problem.

Figured I'd just pick up the cheepest useable rig I could find at Wallyworld at the end of the turnpike and save the day.  Here's what I found:





Didn't plan it this way but it was all Shakespeare:

1. Reel: Shakespeare "Excursion": holds 145 yards of 8 lb, both stainless and composite spools, 4 ball bearing, nice handle.  $18.95

2. Rod: Shakespeare "Durango": glass (blank through handle), 6 ft, 6-10 lb, "medium", two-piece, five Fuji-like guides (SS with aluminum oxide inserts), EVA comfy grip.  $6.95 (yup, you read it right)

3. Line: Shakespeare 8 lb clear mono, 700 yards.  $2.95

I figured what the hey, it's only for the day and I can throw it away.  Boy was I surprised!

The reel was/is smooth as silk, smooth drag, very comfy handle and relatively light in weight.  Infinite stop, quiet and positive bail action.

The rod has a nice medium action, great for lobbing bait and the topwaters I like to skip cast.  I found I had great control with this rod and was reliably skipping long casts under the mangroves like a guide.  

The line was, well mono, soft lay and held knots well, and except for the fact that I prefer hi-vis green, was fine.

Total cost: $28.90.  And this rig performs just as well as most of my expensive Redbone/Shimano rigs!  I actually like it.  Strangely I had more accuracy at longer distances.  And the darn reel is the smoothest one I own.  It's gonna be my go-to rig for awhile and is perfect for yakfishing - drop, break or soak it - so what!

Amazing... it really makes me wonder why we spend so much $$$ on everyday rigs.  I plan to use the heck out of this rig and report on just what happens to it...


:capn:


Anybody else have some cheeep thrills to offer?


Edited by Capn Jimbo on May 30 2007,20:31

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Posted: May 30 2007,12:36

Give it 3 months, 2 big fish, or forget to it rinse one day.. and let us know how it holds up.

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Posted: May 30 2007,16:47

I have a pair of cheap Shimano reels from Bass-Pro ($10 each) that have been dunked, splashed and otherwise abused for about 3 years now and still work fine. The drag is not the smoothest, but they're my 8lb test trout/snapper/grunt reels and work just fine for what I use them for. For the amount of not-so-serious offshore fishing I do I like the idea of essentially disposable reels. For the more serious offshore trips I take my good reels, but even those are only about $30-$40 each.

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Posted: May 30 2007,18:17

yup, shimano 300q...I have 2 of them...they are definatley disposable...but they are not bad for $9.99
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Posted: May 30 2007,18:20

Ive had mine fer 6 years....so....I paid $25.00 back then...ship happens..if I could only get that blasted flux capaciter fixed, Id take em back.
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Posted: May 31 2007,13:51

Most reels will hold up if you duosh them with fresh water. I bought a Fleuger that was a plerge with a gift certificate , forgot to wash it and DEATH.  Alot of oil and Wd and it was revived .I spent the money thinking that you could abuse them a little and they would hold up.


 I do have a flux capaciter for sale , cheap
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Posted: May 31 2007,14:49

Can I trade you a use P-38 Space Modulator..lol
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Posted: Oct. 29 2007,16:37

It is now almost November and I have been using All Shakespeare El Cheapo $28.90 Special regularly for almost 6 months without maintenance beyond rinsing it.  It has become my everyday, go-to rig.  The results:

The drag and retrieve is still about as smooth as the day I bought it.  I've had on all manner of fish from miniscule to mammoth and it has worked faultlessly.  The two-piece rod still holds well and has survived doing repeated battle with mangrove branches and saltwater.  One minor issue:  the handle came loose (the plastic liner broke, but a simple wrap of electricians tape restored its function.

Bottom line:  a $28.90 setup, including rod, reel and line (of which 500 yards remains) has performed at least as well, better in some respects than my Shimano/Redbone rigs which cost me five times as much.  Not to mention the peace of mind that comes from not worrying about losing it and the pride of knowing it has achieved fishing near nirvana...


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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Oct. 29 2007,16:41

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Posted: Oct. 29 2007,16:54

SOunds like el cheapo is the way to go.. now when ya gonna get rid of all those high priced yaks ya got and start paddlin the el cheapo soft plastic modesl sold at the mass merchandise shop, with the 19.99 paddles ?

Sorry you can't convince me that a 30 dollar wallymart rod & reel combo can compete with better quality equiptment. But at 50 cents on the dollar I might be interested in the Shimano/Redbone junk ya got there.


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Posted: Oct. 29 2007,17:41

I bought 2 of those shimanos for 9.99 (IX4000R) ... they're great. They have the little quick fire trigger for one handed bail opening and casting. They're perfect for small to medium fish. I brought in that big snook and the Jack attack with them. I passed the bin the last time I was in BPS and bought 2 more just in case they get discontinued or I ever need to replace the first two. I also have a Penn Captiva I picked up in Sports Authority for I think 40 bucks but I hardly ever use it .. those shimanos do the trick nicely.
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