The reel is pretty good I have to say however it came off the rod 3 times when (not) landing a fish. Granted I know combos arent usually a high dollar rod however i expect it to hold the reel. Anyway nice reel not so much on the rod... at all.
October 29, 2012
best bang for buck
I recieved the bcx combo as a gift last christmas. Since then, I've used it at least four to five days a week on the lake (about 6 months of solid constant use and abuse). I use it for carolina and texas rigging and it performs astonishingly well, especially considering the price. The levelwind system is amazing for casts and for hard pulling fish that will take line off the drag. It allows you to use anything from a 1/8 oz. to a 1 1/2 oz. weight flawlessly and when you have a big lunker bass pulling line off the reel, it keeps it moving smoothly and prevents the spooled line from digging further into the spool. The rod is surprisingly sensative, just springy enough to make long casts and stiff enough to make strong, quick hooksets through any plastic bait. It's not as light or as smooth as a low profile reel but it is an extremely powerful and heavy duty. I intend to bring this combo with me to the texas gulf coast with me this october on the bull red run to test it on giant reds and blacks. It's very good craftsmanship and I praise Abu for this product.
June 23, 2012
I've had this combo for 2 1/2 years now and I am stunned. I put 17 lb. Trilene Maxx and a big 1 ounce deep diver on it, and it is perfectly balanced. Thanks Abu Garcia!!!
October 10, 2011
I needed to upgrade to a better rod/reel combo. After asking for some opinions, I decided on an Abu Garcia. No regrets, works great, feels great. I live in Florida near the gulf so needless to say it gets a lot of use.
September 18, 2011