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Old 07-11-09, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Shakespeare Durango Rod & Reel


I just got one of these and I haven't really ever used an open bale before...
Anyone know if it is any good?
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Old 07-11-09, 06:49 PM   #2
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Shakespeare is pretty much entry level gear not the highest quality but it will do the job , just don't go to big with line size on it for mono or use a 12lb braid .


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Old 07-11-09, 07:43 PM   #3
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If it came preloaded with line, probably not very good, but it will still work. Just put new line on.

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Old 07-11-09, 10:45 PM   #4
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agree with bb on this line thing pal. strip it and put on some quality line. 10 pound test i think is ideal. 20 pound braid is good too. great starter reel, fantastic for light lures and finesse too. as you get better with it, in time, you'll upgrade.
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Old 07-12-09, 12:12 AM   #5
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as long as u got that fever for'um you can catchem wid any thing i think its best to start low and work up so that u can understand why they ask so much for those nice ones
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Old 07-13-09, 05:20 PM   #6
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i'll probably do a 10-12 lb braid
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Old 07-13-09, 05:21 PM   #7
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thanks for the advice!

Eventually i think i'll go for a baitcaster
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Old 07-15-09, 03:15 AM   #8
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Always go with the best quality rod and reel you can reasonably afford. You're overall experience will be better.
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Old 07-15-09, 03:03 PM   #9
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i had the rod and the rod was great.
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I used to have an older spin-cast model of the Shakespeare Durango. I liked the reel and rod. It had the pistol-grip. Liked that too. I used it mostly when I began fishing in creeks for dink largemouth's and bluegills. After me and dad started carp fishing I used it too. It was the one of the only combos I had. Caught many a nice fish on it. I tried selling it at a yard-sale three-days ago. Nobody bought it. It's not smooth at all, even when I grease & oil it now. The drag is practically ruined. Mostly because it was already old/rusted, and I were catching 15-22 inch carps on it EVERY weekend. The pick-up pins are wore out now too.

But it is a very very good entry-level combo. It will handle some good sized bass. Oh yeah spinning reels like the one you bought are easy to master. In a matter of one fishing trip I had already mastered them.
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I used to have an older spin-cast model of the Shakespeare Durango. I liked the reel and rod. It had the pistol-grip. Liked that too. I used it mostly when I began fishing in creeks for dink largemouth's and bluegills. After me and dad started carp fishing I used it too. It was the one of the only combos I had. Caught many a nice fish on it. I tried selling it at a yard-sale three-days ago. Nobody bought it. It's not smooth at all, even when I grease & oil it now. The drag is practically ruined. Mostly because it was already old/rusted, and I were catching 15-22 inch carps on it EVERY weekend. The pick-up pins are wore out now too.

But it is a very very good entry-level combo. It will handle some good sized bass. Oh yeah spinning reels like the one you bought are easy to master. In a matter of one fishing trip I had already mastered them.


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Old 08-17-09, 01:36 PM   #13
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There's always lots of talk and snootiness regarding rods 'n reels. Sometimes it's like girls and fashion - $150 dollars for a small purse!

If it works and it's cost effective, why not use it? Frankly, I have a couple of Shakespear Tiger's ($20 Walmart specials) that work just great for me.
(Unless the fish can read the logo and only go for baits on the end of designer gear!)

I think the bigger thing is to get a bait they want near where the fish are with a bite and a hookset - then if the reel reels them in, it's a good combo!!! Heck, I think with a decent hook 'n bait, a cane pole could work great.

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