Shakespeare® Contender® Reel
Contender®, selected as an Outdoor Life Great Buy, is built tough with quality components that perform at high levels on the water. The Contender® is perfect for anglers looking to get out on the water without breaking the bank.
- 3 Ball bearings plus a one way clutch instant anti-reverse bearing (Sizes 50,60,70,80 have 1 BB)
- Cold Forged Aluminum spool for added strength
- Ported spool for a lightweight reel
- Magna bail wire oversized for increased durability (Only on sizes 20,25,30,35,and 40)
- Left/Right convertible fold down handle
- On/Off anti-reverse
Shakespeare® Contender® Reel
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MODEL # CONT50B$24.99 $21.24View model specificationsView LargerReel Size50Bearing Count1Mono Capacity yd/lb280/12 215/14 195/17Gear Ratio5.1:1Pre-Spooled yd/lbNot Pre-SpooledReel Handle PositionRight/LeftAnti-Reverse FeatureMulti-StopDrag MaterialOil FeltMax Drag lb12lb | 5.4kgRetrieve Rate30" | 76cm
Shakespeare® Contender® Reel is rated out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by nathanl from Awesome reel I recived this reel for christmas as it was on my wish list. I will say it is my favorite reel and is so smooth. I like the metal spool a lot. The handle is a strong, durable plastic. Also when you reel it in it is silent. I have one on one of my 3 ugly sticks. Lastly overall it handles decent bass well and excels at getting the job done. I love this reel!
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by GRdude from A truly poor reel. I just bought the Contender Cont20. Brought it home and tried a few turns, only to hear a plastic clickity-clickity sound. Being an inquisitive person, I popped out the screws to open it up and have a look. The spool is featured on the packaging for being "Cold-Forged Aluminum" for maximum durability. Which is great! Except that the rest of this reel (including the frame and EVEN SOME OF THE GEARS!) is plastic. So unless you're planning to use that spool on another real after this one breaks, the durability of the spool won't matter. The components inside the reel had almost no lubricant on them whatsoever. And there are gaping spaces for water, dirt, sand, gravel, maybe even a large boulder, to get into the bearings and gears. I'm returning this piece of junk immediately.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lucasbaggott20 from Nice I got a size 90 rell contender that is the old one and is black not silver. But love it it is probably 10-20 years old and still works great i have it on a contender 7 foot surf rod also as old. I recommend this product but also recomend a bigger rell if you fish for reds or snapper but this will work for maybe reds a trout!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by jerry o from less than expected ordered this on closeout. didn't expect much. got less than expected. the clamshell was coated with a very thick layer of dust. the reel itself had some scratches and looked like wear marks. and one big oily fingerprint on the side. the reel does operate smoothly. how well it actually performs remains to be seen. will give to my grandson for Christmas.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ant the ant from Don't get this reel I just got this reel and I dropped it on the carpet and the reel broke. It is made of plastic. I can't find the replacement parts on any website. DO NOT GET THIS REEL.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ceezalino024 from NOT a Contender!!!!! I took out my new Contender rod and reel combo today and the guide to my bail wire broke on a snag. It was the weakest link. If only that part was made of a stronger material other than the cheap plastic they chose to make it with. You get what you pay for. Shakespeare makes some good rods, but avoid their reels at all cost. I'm keeping the rod and going to get a REAL reel.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by mossy from looks nice, but plastic hadles are junk Bought 2 of them to go surf fishing with. they look nice, But the first time out fishing the handle broke on both of them. Now the part is discontinued. I have 2 reels I cant even use. Only used once. plastic handle is junk. BUYER BEWARE.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by hirthb from Good Workin' Man's Reel This CONT50B paired well w/ a 7' Ugly Stik GX2 Medium Heavy rod and will be used for catfish. I've only had it out once so far this season, but I was pleased w/ how it performed. For the money Shakespeare products are hard to beat. I've owned close to a dozen of their reels in my lifetime and I can only think of two that failed prematurely.
Date published: 2016-06-25