Hey NTX, I enjoyed your video. I like your easy-going narration and editing. I like the concept of reviewing inexpensive fishing gear.
I made out good at Academy the last couple weeks. Before Christmas, I picked up a couple AllStarTeam split grip casting rods for $20 each. Last Wednesday, I bought two Motive (for some reason, I pronounce it Spanglish: Moh-tee-vay) baitcasters for $25 each. That is two great combo for less than a hondo! I already own a Motive, so now I have three. Academy clearanced them, so that could be the end of this reel.
The 18 month-old Motive shows its age. I bought it on-sale and I've been very happy with it. It became my topwater reel and I spooled it with 12# Big Game. The high gear really helps with topwater fishing. I caught an 8# LMB with a Super Spook Jr and the drag performed excellent. The finish has boat-rash that shows the dull yellow plastic beneath. The gears are noisy. In early December, the one-way clutch failed, but I flushed the anti-reverse bearing out with brake-cleaner and it performed flawlessly today.
The only fish I caught today was with a Cherrywood spinning rod! I normally don't take spinning gear, but it works good to cast the little yo-zuri. The first fish of the New Year!