I have the same thing. I think for the money you can't go wrong. My only problem is sometimes the bail won't close when the lure land and I start reeling. It means I have to manually reach over by hand and do it. but now I just do it, out of habit and I don't even notice it.
thats how I do it too. I have mine rigged for bottom fishing at hagg lake right now and have caught more on it than my other pole.those 12 inchers feel like monsters when they really fight hard.I have seen a couple other guys at hagg with them and they really like them.