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I love fishing but sadly don't have much spare time to spend a day sat at the side of the lake. Due to my lack of dedication I am somewhat of a rookie despite adoring the sport. I do have some gear but it is quite limited. One of my items is Shakespeare Omni X Rear Drag Reel which I managed to pick up off Amazon for around a tenner.
I chose this reel purely on its price and the picture made it look like a standard and easy to use reel. To be honest I don't think the quality of your gear makes much a difference to what you catch, as long as it works its fine for me. This is exactly what the reel does giving you great control over your line. The instructions state it is a "free spool system". Not sure what free spool system means but it sounds pretty good.
The reel itself is very light bade of grapghite and certainly does not weigh down the total weight of your rod. The graphite is strong and very durable as I often leave it rattling around my box. The handle on the reel is made of a grooved plastic that makes it comfortable to use. The graphite shines and actually looks pretty classy.
When you get a bite the reel rotates in very smoothly in a good rhythm but gives off a few annoying clicks. The reel comes with its own line which I usually use the reel to fish for perch and roach. It works perfectly for the smaller fish but my friend used it to catch carp and said it was useless.
For a tenner this reel has been fantastic for me. I probably have used it ten times now and it works every time (although my catch is limited).
Ok, so I've been fishing for pleasure for some years now and about year ago I purchased this reel .
The main reason I picked up this one against most others was the price. I paid just over £10 for it which I thought was a very reasonable price for a well known fishing brand reel. I don't like to spend much on equipment and I don't always think that the cost of something necessarily means you get a better product.
So what do Shakespeare say about this reel ?
Counter balanced handle. Free spool system. 2 x Ball Bearings. 2 x Graphite spools. Graphite body.
From the start it easily attached to my rod. Felt nice to hold . The build quality is surprisingly better than you would expect for a reel of this price. It's durable, strong, sturdy, and light weight. The handle is comfortable and can be adjusted to either side of the rod (for left or right handed users). I think it looks attractive and very sleek.
So what about the action ?
Shakespeare have done a good job, the motion is smooth and feels very natural. The drag action could be slightly better if it had a few less clicks but none the less still good. Included with the reel is an extra spool which is a bonus and is always handy to have for different reasons. I don't suggest that you use the line that it is loaded with, the quality is poor and it was badly put on (but I might of been unlucky who knows?). The reel is well balanced looks fantastic and does the job. Its well presented and packaged in the box.
I am happy with my purchase and would recommend this for any beginner or someone who doesn't want to spend lots of money on their equipment, but still wants a quality product.
This is why I rate this reel as a 9/10
Having been a keen fisherman for years I have had to replace my equipment several times over due to wear and tear. I have never been the type to spend hundreds or even tens of pounds on the equipment I use because to be honest I find even the simplest piece of tackle more than sufficient.
Shakespeare has always been a reliable brand for me and I knew what to expect. The reel winds as well as any I have used and it is easy to disassemble and maintain. The only issue I found is that setting the tension can be a bit of a challenge but I'm sure over time this will cease to be a problem.
Spending more money will not guarantee you land bigger or more fish. The simplest rod and reel combination will carry out all you require. If you find sitting by a river bank as enjoyable as I do then this £10 reel will suite all your needs.
Each reel is supplied with 2 spools and line. This is pretty standard with any reel you buy and is necessary if you fish two different places or for different fish. It is always handy to have two different line strengths available.