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was wondering what everybody thought about zebco 808 reels.i know everybody seems to use abu's but i cant cast them and i like casting rods better then spinning rods.has anybody used these reels and wish they hadnt?
 

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Just get ya a caster, and a spool of cheap mono, 3-4 hours in the back yard and you'll be good enough to re spool and hit the lake :wink: Don't let the reel intimidate ya, YOU CAN DO IT! heck once you spend a day with one you will wander why you haven't done it alot sooner......... :wink:
 

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I have to agree, dont let it intimidate you, I was the same way with my first baitcaster, but with an afternoon of practice I had it down good enough to go fishing with and over the years you just get better and better. I also had the same thought with a bow, but after some practice you get good at it.
 

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Bought an 808 Hawg Hunter combo for grandson on his birthday. It appears to be a reasonbly well made reel for price. I think its made for medium duty fishing . Not necessarily what i would buy if I wanted years of trouble free service.
 

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The 808 is what I bought my wife to use and she has caught a bunch of nice fish on hers!
 

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Bro., when I first started striper fishing I used two Zepco 808, back when they were made of metal. I later added two more which had the plastic covers and they did not hold up very well. I hooked a large striper and the plastic cover exploded and the other one developed a crack. Zepco replaced both of them with the metal covers. I caught more cats and stripers on them than I can count. But, I now use Abu Garcia.
 

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They are good reels. My grandfather and dad both love them. I started using them but graduated to baitcasters. 808's are nice, easy to use reels but I would recommend eventually moving up to Abu's or Penn's.
 
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