What is it?
Academy Frog Rod & Reel Combo
What sets it apart?
Recognizing that novice anglers often struggle with matching the right rod, reel and line to their desired technique, Academy set out to provide a total package option that’s ready to fish right off the rack. First in what is planned to be a series of technique-specific combos is the H2O XPRESS Frog Rod and Reel Combo. Matching a 7-foot medium-heavy rod with a graphite reel pre-spooled with braided line this package also includes a couple of starter baits.
How do I use it?
The one-piece rod features a blank-through handle reel seat and split EVA grips to keep hands secure. The four-ball-bearing reel with aluminum spool delivers smooth retrieval, while the magnetic braking system keeps you in control. Packaged with the combo are two frog: A 5 1/2-inch, 1/2-ounce hollow-body frog with a silicon skirt and 6/0 Mustad double hook and a 4-inch, 3/8-ounce hollow-body popping frog with a silicon skirt and 2/0 Mustad double hook.
I actually held this rod and reel combo during the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo in Knoxville, and while I can’t say I’ve fished it, I will say that Academy had packed a lot of product into a surprisingly low price point. Entry level? Yeah, maybe it is, but this outfit will put the right type of tool in the hands of anglers who can build their skill sets and advance their fishing game. When budgets allow the next level of tackle, having the right reference, thanks to a well-conceived combo, will guide those purchases.