Gear Review: Shakespeare Customize-It!

What is it? 

Shakespeare Customize-It!

What sets it apart?

The folks at Shakespeare know the importance of young anglers having access to age-appropriate tackle that’s not only functional but also fun. That’s the idea behind the company’s new Customize It offerings — a 4-foot, 6-inch rod/reel combo that comes with attached stickers and a clean, white rod surface for custom decorations and a sturdy tackle box that’s also ready for personal designs.

How do I use it?

Available in spinning or spincast, the combo comes pre-spooled with 6-pound line that’s perfect for panfish or light bass duty. Young anglers can decorate this Shakespeare Customize-It! combo with the included set of 170 stickers or markers or paint pens (not included). Made with a spill-proof tray, the Customize-It! Tackle Box also comes with assorted stickers, along with a 33-piece tackle assortment that includes a bobber, two jig heads, six grubs, six tube style baits, eight hooks, six split shots, a fishing journal and casting minnows.

How much?

$14.99 (tacklebox), $24.99 (combo)

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Angler’s insight:

No one’s knocking “toys,” but if you want kids to learn how to fish properly, let ‘em learn with real fishing gear. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a high-end combo that costs nearly a mortgage payment, or a technical tackle container with more bells and whistles than they can identify. It just needs to be authentic. Shakespeare’s Customize it Combo and Tackle Box fits the bill nicely with items in which young anglers can take personal pride as they improve their skills.