good reel when purchased, but does not hold up in salt water use.
i currently own 8 ambassadeur reels and have fished them continuously for 15 years in salt/brackish water usage with no problems. So, naturally, I figured that a QUALITY(at least as far as price was concerned) spincast ABU reel for my wife to use would be great. The 476i seemed like a good reel when we purchased it, and it casted and retrieved well. After about three or four trips, though, it started hanging up when it was being cast. Upon looking at the retrieval spool, I noticed that the spool was made of poor quality plated carbon steel and was beginning to pit on the edges where the line passed around it while casting. This causes the line to "catch" in the corrosion pits, greatly reducing the casting distance. i have kept up with the reel, doing routine maintenance on it, but the corrosion occured anyway. Very dissapointing.........
October 22, 2013
I never normally write reviews on good or bad, however this reel broke on the fourth cast. I've tried to fix it and when taking the reel to pieces realised how poorly and flimsily constructed it was. I'm not risking it breaking on me again on the rare times I get to go fishing, so have just binned the item and just put it down to bad luck on my part for choosing this reel.
September 5, 2013
good reel but lacks durability
I have owned this reel for about three years and it has performed good until the last few trips. The Reel seems to be making some odd noies under load and is not as smooth as it once was, the drag button also feels funny. It needs to be repaired but I am afraid it would cost more than the reel is worth. I take good care of my equipment so it is disappointing to have problems this soon.
January 30, 2013
Big Time Spincast
We have several of these that we use at a powerplant lake. 4-6 lb. largemouth bass are very common, some even bigger. We(my adult son and I) have never missed a fish with these reels. We keep them filled with 12 lb. mono Trilene XL or 12 lb. Trilene Big Game and well oiled and they work great and have used them several trips to this lake.
January 30, 2013