shake spear black baitcaster 34 dollers

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by slikk03, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    re these any good or does the drag suck
     
  2. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    i take it your talking about the shakespear tidewater reels at walmart? ive never used em but have friends that have and they seem like a very dependable reel that is able to hold a fairly large amount of line. havent heard much on the drag but they are a fairly decent reel in my opinion. see alot of guys on tv use them for gar and striper fishing. most will say that they have nothing on abu garcias but i like em better. maybe that because im cheap:smile2::wink: anyway if you buy one let us know how it works.
     

  3. riverdawg-1

    riverdawg-1 New Member

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    Ive used the tidewaters from wallyworld with the graphite spool and they are ok. i really like the tidewaters with an alumnium spool alot better, only place i've found them is on ebay. they cast alot better. i bought one for 22$ with shipping included.
    chip
     
  4. alton

    alton New Member

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    If you are using the reel to drop or flip off the end of a boat, I am sure they are worth the money. If you are a bank fisherman and plan to mount the reel on a 10-12' rod and need casting distance, I would save your money. Good luck.
     
  5. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    What is the model on it? I had a Shakespeare SKP2000(I believe it was) and it was junk!!! It wasn't even good for short distance casting. I had problems with it first time I used it, I ended up giving it away.
    Never mind, now that I think of it, it may have been silver instead of black.:roll_eyes: :confused2:
     
  6. adam1886

    adam1886 New Member

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    i bought a tidewater earlier this year and its been pretty good so far but i havent hooked into anything big yet. like it was said earlier, its not the greastest for distance. ive been using baitcasters since i was about 10 and i still manage to get this one backlashed quite a bit.
     
  7. allflats

    allflats Member

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    I have two of them and no problems.
     
  8. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I have and use both the older SKP2000 and a Tidewater 30 Both are decent reels ,I dont have any problems casting either one ,the 2000 is mounted on a 10 ft rod and the tidewater on a 12 ft rod I can cast either a long way with the proper weight on the end:cool2:The old SKP 2000 were black ,the newer ones are silver,the level wind pawl wears out rather quick throwing 2oz+weights tho.
     
  9. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    I have one of the tidewaters. Biggest fish so far is 6 to 7 pound range. Like Adam1886 side could be better for distance. But if you keep a little thumb pressure on the spool you can get good distance with it. I use 5 and 6 ounce sinkers on mine. I have better luck with heaver sinkers than the lighter one say 2 to 3 oz ones. Hope this helps. Still waiting to hook a bigger fish to test the drag.

    Tom
     
  10. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    i have one, the drag is jerky, and it does not cast well at all..for those resons i dont use it.