Pro Max Combo
Cant go wrong with this one
Just picked up this combo today based off of my experience using the Black Max. This combo has a great feel, long smooth cast, good speed on retrieve, and looks amazing. I fished in my local pond as soon as I got home just to test it out. Pulled the small bass in well. Cant wait to test it on the big ones.
February 23, 2012
Broke on a cast
The second day of use and the rod shatters on a cast and not a typical break (see attached photo). I was using a live target 1/2oz bluegill mated with 10lb line, which the rod is rated easily to handle.
First cast on my second day I hear a slight pop and don't know where it came from (thought it was someone else around me). Reel in and cast again, this rod then shatters in my hand this isn't supposed to happen so I assume it's a rod defect in the graphite.
I will change the rating on this rod depending on how Abu Garcia handles this warranty claim.
June 14, 2013
Love the reel, hate the rod
This is without a doubt the best reel I have ever owned! I'm sure there are better ones out there but none that I can afford. The reel has worked flawlessly for the last few months and has helped me pull out several bass in the 7-10lb range. The only thing that I had a problem with was minor rust but that is the least of my complaints. What I was disappointed with was the quality of the 6'6" medium rod that came with the combo. I constantly found the eyes of the rod getting bent without putting much pressure on them. This was an easy enough fix but I always felt like I was bending a paper clip and that it would break any minute. The real problem with the rod was the flexibility (or lack of it). Today out on the water I hooked into a massive fish right at the boat and naturally he tried to swim down and I tried to pull him up. This was more than it could handle and the rod snapped about 18" from the end. I have never had this happen to me before and I honestly wasn't expecting it from the most expensive rod I owned. My friend also bought this combo at my reccomendation and he loved the reel but also had problems with the eyes bending and actually broke off 2 of his trying to straighten them. I know for $100 you won't get the best of anything nowadays but I truely feel that the rod in this combo doesn't due the reel justice. I would recommend buying the reel seperate and getting a bit more expensive rod because it will save you time and frustration and the reel definitely deserves better.
June 12, 2013
Haven't to it to a lake yet but practice casting in my back yard all I can say is I love it easy to tweak n learn I'm just converting into baitcasters and this is awesome n it was only 62.00$ bucks and My 10# test got stuck in a tree lol line didn't break nor my rod luv it
April 20, 2013