Lew’s is mainly known for their tournament quality fishing gear but with the Mr. Crappie connection they will soon be as well known for their quality made panfish gear. Picking the right entry level spinning tackle can be a crap shoot with most of those at a lower price point not built to last. Lews has hit the mark with this MCS100 Mr. Crappie spinning reel it feels and functions well at a price that can’t be beat.
At under 20 dollars I was not expecting much from this reel but was pleasantly surprised once I got it in my hand and realized it has a graphite body, rotor and spool making it light, strong and comfortable. The comfort is enhanced by a compact gear box and weighs in at a super light 6.7 ounces. While using the MCS100 I never felt like I was sacrificing anything with the bonus of being able to have several in the boat at a price less than one of my heavily priced alternatives.
Bad Poncho Outdoors is all about getting more people fishing and quality low priced equipment makes that job much easier. Handing over a 20 dollar reel to a newbie takes a lot of stress of me and a new angler. To relieve even more of the hassle Lews has prespooled the reel with the right 6 pound Mr. Crappie mono that we found to be super smooth and easy to see in most all conditions.
Our testing was quite extensive with 3 months of use by many different skill levels of anglers. We also used the MCS100 for many techniques on many different species from goldfish to Northern Pike. The 32 point multi-stop anti-reverse system worked great on all fish from 2oz baitfish right up to the 5 pound plus Pike making for a very solid multi-species starter setup. If light biting soft mouth Crappie are your target trying one of the premium Wally Marshall rods will be a good way to spend some of the money you save on the reel.
With the positive experience we had with the entry level reel we can’t wait to get our hands on some of the premium products. We do have some Lews rod reviews coming soon that you won’t want to miss. For all your fishing needs you owe it to yourself to check out the gear at Lews.com