I've had 3 Shakespeare reels and all 3 have ended up broke. It's either been the screw for the handle or the bail spring or just some cheap plastic part inside cracking in half. I didn't pay outrageous amounts of money for them but shouldn't you at least get a few years of use out of a reel? It's not like I'm fishing for Great Whites. I like the rods on the other hand...the Ugly Stik is one of my favorites. Just fix those darn reels!