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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2013
I bought the Spiderman version of this rod and reel combo for my 4-1/2 year old for around $14. My kids was so excited to get it, and it has totally gotten him into fishing. The set comes with a 2.5-foot rod and baitcast reel. All of the Shakespeare children's rod/reel combos are the same - Disney Princess, Mickey, Cars, Toy Story, Star Wars, etc.), although some of them include a tackle kit with hooks, lures, etc.

This is a great value for the price. The reel comes pre-wound with 6-lb. test monofilament fishing line. It is a great combo for catching panfish (sunfish, blue gills, crappies, pumpkinseeds, etc.) from a dock or a boat. Some kids have caught huge lunkers with these rods. The kit comes with a rubber plug for practice casting. After some practice, my kid was casting 50-60 feet, and it is a serviceable combo even for an adult.

However, there are no instructions to be found on the package or online, and these reels are prone to tangle if you don't know what you are doing.

Here is what I would do:

(1) The hole in the practice plug is going to tear. Reinforce it with some superglue or duct tape. Don't glue the hole closed!

(2) Be sure to adjust the drag (the plus-minus dial on the reel) to a light setting. You should hear some clicking when you pull on the line, and there should be just enough tension so you definitely feel it, but not enough that it is significantly harder to pull out line. If your kid gets a fish on the line, you might need to quickly increase the drag to tire the fish and make sure you don't run out of line. The drawback of spincast reels is that they don't hold much line, and these are smaller reels.

(3) Unless you carry pliers, consider replacing the hex nut inside the reel with a small wing nut. To do this, unscrew the top cover of the reel. The round silver thing is the pickup housing assembly/winding cup. The tiny hex nut on top in the middle of the round silver thing should be replaced with a wing nut. Invariably, some line will get tangled underneath the pickup housing assembly, and you are going to have to open up the reel - many times. When you open it up, just cut away all the tangled line, rethread the line through the cover and the guides on the rod, and retie the hook. Keep any extra wing nuts in your tackle box.

(4) To prevent tangles, remind your kid to wind up the slack after they cast, and whenever the wind or a fish causes there to be slack.

(5) Remember to make it fun for the kids! They don't care about how big the fish is, just whether they catch any!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2008
I gave this a one star, but it would have been minus ten if I could have. Yes, it is cheap, but if you are going to buy it, save yourself the hassle of waiting for it...flush your cash down the toilet instead. It did not properly work, ever, even the very first time. And guess when it comepletely broke and fell apart? The second time of use. I have had many cheap fishing rods for my kids, and have never seen one that behaved as badly as this one. My rating is BOO-HISS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
My kids are 7 and 5 and they were just learning how to fish and the line kept getting caught and tangled inside reel. So if your kids are learning how to fish, I do not recommend this pole, however if they have fished before and know what they are doing then you may get by with this one. I went to a store and purchased 3 poles with different kind of reel for my kids and they worked better for them.... I was disappointed in these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2014
We needed this quickly, so I got it from a local store instead of my favorite Amazon. It is totally worthless!!! Drag was not adjustable, couldn't reel in, and couldn't even get the plastic cover to screw back on after trying to adjust it. It goes back to the store and we will get something else. Worst piece of junk I've ever seen. I would give it minus stars if I could.
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on December 30, 2014
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We love these kid fishing poles! They aren't very sturdy and rust pretty easily in FL, but they are such a great size and so much fun for little kids! We take our kids fishing often (a few times a month at least) so they get lots of use out of them. They are so affordable that when they rust or break or get pulled under by a fish (happened twice now) we just buy a new one! We love these! I do wish they had an option for the exposed fishing line to help the rust issue...
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on July 10, 2014
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This is the second purchase - the first one is at the bottom of the lake. Worth a second purchase.
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on July 8, 2014
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Never worked - line was tangled from start. Wasted money.
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on June 6, 2014
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The line was so flimsy that each time I cast it it would get tangled up, making it nearly impossible to reel. It was, I concluded, a good play toy but an utterly worthless fishing rod.
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on December 31, 2013
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My son loves this fishing pole. And with the practice fishy he can use it in the house it practice. He didn't want to open any other gifts after this one!
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on July 27, 2014
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I would give 5 stars but when I received this it was broken. Seeing as my son is only 3 he could careless that he couldn't cast off and reel in the little fish which btw broke as well. But he was happy with it. Would have enjoyed it better if he could have been able to cast off and reel it back.
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