Gear Review: Shakespeare Cosmic Series

What is it?

Shakespeare Cosmic Series

What sets it apart?

Targeting youth anglers 8 and older, Shakespeare has debuted a colorful Cosmic lineup including spinning or spincast combos, tackleboxes and dip nets. Mixing and matching colors to suit personal preferences stimulates interest, while dependable Shakespeare quality ensures performance. The centerpiece combos comprise 4-foot, 6-inch two-piece rods with reels featuring stainless steel main shaft and components. Each reel is prespooled with 6-pound line and combos are available in orange and pink.

How do I use it?

Complementing the combos, Shakespeare’s Cosmic tackle box comes with a 27-piece starter kit that includes a bobber, two jig heads, six grubs, six tube style baits, eight hooks and four split shots. The box has a patent pending, spill-proof tray which holds tackle in place when the lid is latched. Latches are specially designed to fit young hands for comfort and ease of opening. Cosmic nets feature comfortable, kid-size EVA handles and durable mesh. Nets and tackle boxes are available in orange and raspberry.

How much?

Net $5.99, tackle box $12.99, combo $14.99,

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Angler’s insight:

Encouraging kids to fish can sound good on paper, but with a digital world rife with distractions, truly inspiring youngsters to take interest in the sport requires as much strategy as trying to outsmart persnickety fish. Shakespeare’s Cosmic lineup provides an important piece — legitimate, functional fishing items with age-appropriate visuals. Give a child the same stuff you use and you risk overwhelming them, while wasting money on toy fishing gear might frustrate a young mind open to learning. Shakespeare’s a solid name that delivered a good starting point for your young angler.