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The Family Fishing Company Complaint - Instant fisherman is an instant piece of junk.
The Family Fishing Company Complaint

The Family Fishing Company Complaint


Instant fisherman is an instant piece of junk.

My son loves to fish. In fact, he would rather have his line in the water than doing anything else. When he saw this product, he couldn't wait to purchase it. He used his own money that he saved up from working odd jobs and allowance. I cautioned him about buying items from infomercials but he was sure that he wanted it and said that it had to be a good product because of the 10 year warrantee.

I went to the web site and couldn’t believe the ordeal I had to go through just to order the stupid thing. There were multiple pop-up pages asking to purchase additional items and the shipping and handling charges were outrages. I looked for a way to cancel the order, but that is not an option once you start down the path and they get the credit card info @ the beginning of the process. And buy one get one free, what a joke. My son ended up paying $63.74.

The day my son received the package in the mail, he had to go try it out. I took him down to a nearby fishing spot and, well it work just ok. It seemed very cheaply made and was not smooth as you would suppose for what it cost. The second time he went to use the product, it would not cast more than 10 feet. What a let down for a boy who loves the sport of fishing. This company should be run out of business. My hope is that this review will stop at least one person for making the same mistake.

We are within our 30 days, so we will be able to get our money back minus shipping and handling, $39.90 out of $63.74. Hopefully the return will go better than the purchase, but somehow I doubt that it will.

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tonyg7vkb says: (6 years ago)
I bought two at a very reasonable price from Amazon.com. One worked okay the other had problems with the gears not meshing and the thumb screw for the extending piece fell off.
Having an engineering background these were both easy fixes. I stripped the reel down and put a packing washer behind small gear to solve the meshing problem, then greased up gears.
The thumb screw fits on a splined shaft and couldn't have been assembled correctly in the first place. I put the thumbscrew flat side down on a solid surface and positioned the rod with splined shaft inserted above the thumb screw, applied some red locktight to spline's and using a small hammer and punch drove the splined shaft into the thumbscrew leaving just enough place for a few turns on the screw adjustment.
This could be a useful rod if assembled correctly in the first place, unfortunately they're not.

SBoswell says: (8 years ago)
How true! Secound time out and the knob that extends the pole flew off in the river when I cast out. The retrieve only works when the drag is all the way tight.


mwood says: (8 years ago)
You are right!! These guys are a rip off...I have a young son that lives for fishing! Parts were falling off the first day....Instead of saying Lets....Go....Fish he says....PIECE...OF...JUNK! The Family Fishing Company should be ashamed!

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