First rod/reel I've purchased as I am just getting into fishing and it has served me as well as I could ask for. Not a bad price point. Storage space was a concern for me, so this really won me over. Biggest fish I caught so far was a 3 foot catfish and the pole held up, which was one of my largest concerns with it being collapsible and all. I'd recommend this for anyone just starting out fishing or anyone looking for an affordable travel rod that works well. For the beginners, you'll have to tie your own line on, but I found that it helped me avoid or resolve tangles now that I've had to do that.