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It's time for my grandson (7 yrs old) to cast his own rod, lol! I've used spinners since I landed on the Mayflower and he catches all the fish because I'm constantly re-baiting and casting. I assume spin-casters are still the starter-reels of choice, but I haven't looked at any in years. Anybody recommend a a good one. We mostly trout, smallmouth fish in the mountains, so I'd prefer something that came with (or at least would handle) 6lb. test line or less. If it's a combo with a nice little 5-51/2' light weight rod, so much the better. What's out there? If we go after cats, that's a waiting game and we'll take my stuff.
 

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Shakespeare Ti6 model has the push button more on the back than the NEW Zebco 33/202. It also is a little bit smaller and lighter for little forearms and hands. The previous model Zebco 33 (some still on store shelves) had the button more on the back, and I would recommend it for a growing youngun over the Ti6, but the Ti6 is better for small hands than the NEW 33.
There's also the Zebco 11. It's very tiny, and more special purpose Crappie/Panfish reel - but fits the bill for the little tykes.

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Zebco 33 was bulletproof for ages. Now it's not worth the plastic it's wrapped in. I know this is for a child but still don't waste your money. I've purchased a few for my bride to be and they didn't last 30 min. Piece of junk. Spend another $20 or so and get something you'll have for a little while.
 

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Zebco 33 is what my kids use. Great starter reels!
I did the same. Zebco 33 Classic.(worth the extra $) and a matched 6' Zebco cork handle rod.

Edit: I did some looking online. It appears the "Classic" is now called the "Platinum". Why don't they leave things alone?
 

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Go with a better reel, not a 202. I am not sure of Zebco's offerings nowadays, but a 202 is asking for problems. Spend a little more and get them a good reel. All I had to fish with in youngers days were family castoffs, which was almost entirely 202's. How i wished I could have used better reels! Not saying anything wrong with Zebco's, just get a better offering from them. It may cost a little more, but it will work better and last longer to boot.
 

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Many have learned to fish with a Zebco spincast reel like the 202 or 33, shall we say they are proven winners. I would think it might be just as easy to teach him with a small spinning reel, especially if you are fishing lighter lines, if I remember right, 202s come with like 10 lbs test. On the plus side, if he decides he doesnt want to fish anymore, you will have a reel you can and will use yourself. Spin cas reels can twist line just like a spinning reel but its much easier to get out of a spinning reel.
 

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Zebco 11! Same as the 33 only smaller. Handles #6 or #4 just fine. Add an Eagle Claw Featherlight casting rod and you might find yourself "stealing" it away on a regular basis!

That being said @ 7yo he should be able to manage a spinner with very little practice ........ My 2 sons and my 2 grandsons have been "spinning" since age 4.
 
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