I bought this reel as my entry reel into higher end fishing reels for my inshore fishing. At first I was very happy with the reel. But after several months of usage, I began to get many backlashes, no matter what type of line I used. During one of my fishing trips the side plate came off along with the braking system. Luckily I was still within my first year of ownership and the warranty covered the repair.
September 7, 2012
New favorite over my calcutta
Bought this reel for saltwater and for an extra bass reel. Performed better than expected. first trip it caught a limit of 20" specks multiple reds and flounder. Fished for a five days straight limiting on trout each day on the MS gulf coast. The braking system worked well when throwing DOA's under a popping cork into 10+ mph winds. I was able to take the brake off with ease and cast my skitter walk what seemed a mile. My buddy that thinks the only reel out there is a calcutta fished it for a little while and went and bought one the next day. While fishing a live trout tournament I caught a 65+ pound black drum. It would be the new state record, but I had 3 tournament trout alive in my 120qt ice chest and I just couldn't kill her. After an hour and a half of stripping drag we got her in the boat and put her on our scale which only reads to 65 lbs and she bottomed it out like it was nothing. I have a video of me using the reel and landing the fish it is just on a buddies phone. I also was using the abu veritas rod. So after non stop fishing for the month I was home from college, the reel far surpassed any other reel I have owned.
June 17, 2012
Really good reel
I bought this reel a few days ago, took it fishing and caught a bunch of mackerel works really well. The reason i bought this is because i had bought a shimano curado 300. Took it out and on the 4th or 5th cast I heard a weird noise so i returned it. I saw this reel and decided to buy it. I literally works twice as good and the curado and and 100 less. You really cant beat this reel.
March 25, 2012
worth twice the prize
This reel is perfect for walking bays and making precision cast under docks, this reel fishes like it would have a $200++ price tag. This reel is why I now only fish Abu Garcia reels and why I am selling all of my shimanos.
December 11, 2011