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Abu Garcia Alphamar

Performance and durability for blue water fishing, the Alphamar™ is designed with an X-Cräftic™ alloy frame and powerful Carbon Matrix™ drag system.
Average Customer Rating:
3.769 / 5
3.8
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5
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9 out of 13(69%)reviewers recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for Alphamar
Review 1 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Great reel at first

PostedSeptember 7, 2013
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Anonymous
Age:25-34
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Expert
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
little over a year ago I bought 4 Alphamar 16s. Always worked amazing. Im a catfish guide and put them through alot more than the average person. I lube my reels down every 3 months but not to heavy. 3 months ago I had one lock up on a cast, took it to a reel repair shop. This past weekend had another do the same exact thing. Locked up halfway through a cast. Called about my first reel and told about the second. Went this morning and he said that these reels need to be lubed alot heavier than most. That I had put it through a lot of pressure. Now maybe its just that I catch really large fish i dont know but he said he could just buff it down some and no need to get another part. Either way its precious time not being used and a repair bill. Overall I really like the reel but figured since these reels are advertised as big fish reels and they are I would let everyone know if you regularly catch monster size fish and throw heavy weights(I throw 5-8 oz sinkers plus big baits) then to lube little heavier. Maybe an Abu expert can chime in on there opinion of this. Sorry no pics available to show both are in the shop now.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 2 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

not so good purchase experience

PostedApril 15, 2013
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bryce
from ponca city oklahoma
Age:25-34
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:No
Experience:Expert
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
well I ordered the alphamar 16 was excited to get it and start using it. when it finally got here though I was excitement stopped when I found that the line out alarm was stuck so I had to send it back and pay another s&h..... WOW (which was even more then it was the first time). I got it repaired now and I love it thinking of buying my wife one.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 3 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

nice reel

PostedDecember 13, 2012
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tripleplay
from oklahoma
Age:35-44
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:No
Experience:Intermediate
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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i used alphamar20 reel to land this big garin the red river..released the fish back to live another day..about120-140 lbs
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Kazi
Bay Area California
Nice catch and release
Posted April 16, 2013
Nice alligator gar. And very happy to hear you guys let it go since there almost obsolete out there. Keep on ripping lips!!!
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Leslie
Ft. Irwin CA
Awesome!!
Posted December 15, 2012
What rod did you pair with it?!?!
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Review 4 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Awesome at first, but after they are forced to perform, they fail.

PostedNovember 17, 2012
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Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ergonomics 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casting Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
2 / 5
2 / 5
I've had serious high hopes for this reel, and have given it multiple chances to perform. I started with an Alphamar 20. It performed well for day to day fishing. I started putting it on bigger fish (30-50lb) range. Halibut, Yellow tail, White Sea Bass. After a few months of fishing with it, a squeaking noise developed when line would be peeled, as well as when cranking it in. I sent the reel in and it came back working fine.
I opted for a Alphamar 14 for my lighter set up, same internals just lighters, smaller and less line cap. This reel started to develop the same problem. The squeeking and drag being no longer smooth or consistant has caused me to loose many fish. The drag often locks up even when back off and it takes a good pull to free it up.
Recently, the Alphamar 14 level wind began to grind down on it's self, causing it to sieze up and snap while fighting a Thresher Shark.
These reels are well cared for, they don't go a day without being cleaned completely and are stored with the drags backed off.
Even under warranty, it's becoming expensive to have to keep sending these reels in.
I would stay away from them for salt water applications.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Response from Abu GarciaAbu GarciaNovember 20, 2012
Sorry to hear you had an issue with your Alphamar reel. As you know, all reels carry a 1 year warranty & we will be happy to take care of your case. We are assuming that the reel in question is an Alphamar 12 or 16 as we don't have a 14 size in the series. One of our customer service representatives has already been notified about your situation and will reach out to you at the email address that you submitted with this review. If you ever need to get in touch with us directly, our customer service department can be reached at Tel: 1.800.228.4272. We understand your frustration and will work hard to get your issue taken care of so you can get back to fishing. Have a great week.
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Modonn
Malaysia
Centrifugal Brake System
Posted August 8, 2013
Wish to ask you, is this reel come with casting brake system, which is commonly found in Abu reels. I want to use it for Surf Casting.
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Posted November 23, 2012
My apologies, yes it is an Alphamar 12
My warranty expired on my Alphamar 20 three weeks ago. This will be the fourth time this reel has had to be serviced. The first 3 times it was for the high pitched squeal, now its for a broken free spool lever. Thankfully I purchased it with my American Express, which doubles Manufacturers Warranties, or else I would be out of luck. Just more paper work to do. However shipping them to Abu 4 times now, at $16 flat rate shipping each time is not very cost effective for reel under warranty. Factor in the 2 weeks I don't have reels while theyre in transit and being serviced, and thats a lot of time off the water. I would have loved if Abu would pick up the cost of repair at a local shop. It would save shipping costs and hopefully much faster turn around.
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Review 5 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Good

PostedOctober 8, 2012
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Age:Under 18
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Expert
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ergonomics 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good reel no problems. I see many others have problems but I have never had a problem with an abu and ill keep buying them unless I ever do have a problem.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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mr.longcast
norfolk
weak
Posted July 19, 2013
I bought the 16 less than a week ago. Ive been fiahing for 20 years and this reel is by far the weakest ive used. A zebco 33 has more nuts than this. Like all fiasherman do when they get stuck is put the thumb on the spool and pull, it was only 15 pound test and I hear "crack" inside the gearing before the line even broke. I took it apart and the spindle and spindle gear have snapped into 3 pieces...now I dont know if I just got a lemon because ive heard so much good things about this reel...but now im optimistic to buy another one
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Review 6 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Great at first

PostedOctober 1, 2012
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Upbigram
from Texas
Age:25-34
Favorite type of fishing:Saltwater
Number of times fishing per month:5
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Intermediate
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This reel was amazing the first couple of months. Then one cast about 20 yds of line came out and it locked up. After I fought to get the backlash out I noticed the spool would not spin freely when I put it in cast mode (sorry for lack of correct terms). I took the reel apart and found the gear had locked up on the the shaft after I removed it from the shaft I noticed a couple of burs that were causing it not to spin freely I smoothed those down and put it back together and it seems to work fine just holding in my hand, haven't taken back out yet so I don't know how it will work on a long cast.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Response from Abu GarciaAbu GarciaOctober 2, 2012
Good afternoon. We are sorry to hear that you had an issue with your Alphamar reel. All Abu Garcia reels are backed by a 1 year warranty & we will be happy to look into your issue. One of our customer service representatives will reach out to you at the email address that you submitted with this review to find out more about your specific case. If you ever need to get in touch with us directly, our customer service department can be reached at Tel: 1.800.228.4272. Have a great day.
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paddyd
st.louis missouri
mine did the same thing spool locked up
Posted March 20, 2013
I have the alphamar 12 and used it twice and the spool locked up .thought it was just tangled but now I am out of fishing its my only reel
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Review 7 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

A step up from my 7000C4LD

PostedAugust 17, 2012
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TC
from NJ.
Age:35-44
Favorite type of fishing:Saltwater
Number of times fishing per month:3
Owns a boat:No
Experience:Intermediate
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought the new Alphamar 12 to and paired it to a 3 piece travel rod so I always have a setup that's ready to go. I took it on a reef trip in Ft Lauderdale. I also bought it to see if the Alphamar line is good enough to replace my aging 7000C4LD. Even though the Alphamar is a star drag, I was attracted by its advertised 27lb drag.
The Alphamar is a lot easier to flip from a boat side or cast than my C4. A freespool drop to the bottom is also quicker than my C4 but not as fast as my Abu Record. I took a peek inside and it appears to be just as easy to service and maintain as any other Abu Garcia.
I bought this reel off the internet without having seen it it person. I'm probably going to buy the 20 to replace my 7000C4LD
My only concern is what other reviewers have stated about it locking up. I'm keeping it lubed and I have my eye on it.
Abu- if this is a known issue, address it now before I buy an Alphamar 20. If I spend more money only to find out there's a known defect, I'll lose confidence in your product and company.
I would recommend this to a friend!
 
My product recommendations
 
 
 
 
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Review 8 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Will not freespool... pinion gear locks up on spool shaft.

PostedJuly 17, 2012
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Scout
from Charleston, SC
Age:35-44
Favorite type of fishing:Saltwater
Number of times fishing per month:4
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Intermediate
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ergonomics 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I bought four Alphamar 12 and two Alphamar 16 reels last year and I really like their performance. Very smooth, cast great, good drag, and hold up well to saltwater use. However, after less than a year one of my Alphamar 12 reels locked up in the middle of a cast. The reel would not free spool at all. I thougt the spool release lever may have dislodged inside the reel so I opened it up, but what I found was that the pinion gear was in the disengaged position and locked up on the spool shaft. It would not spin or move up or
down... it was completely locked on the shaft. I asked ABU Garcia service if they could send me a new pinion gear since sending the reel off for repair would take some time and its prime Redfish season, but they said, I would have to send it back ot them. At that time I decided to just buy a new pinion gear and get back to fishing. When I researched "Alphamar pinion gear" online, to my surprise, I saw several post about others experiancing this same problem with their Alphamars! I ended up filing the inside of the pinion gear until it turned freely on the shaft. Hope my home repair and my other reels hold up... not the quality I expected from ABU Garcia!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Response from Abu GarciaAbu GarciaJuly 19, 2012
Thanks for informing us about the issue with your Alphamar. If the spool shaft became dry that could have caused pinion and shaft to seize. Thanks for letting us know about the problem. A member of our service team will be in touch with you shortly. If you have any other issues with your reel in the future we are here to help. Please let us know at 888-228-4272 or contacting us at http://www.abugarcia.com/contact so we can address it. Abu Garcia stands behind the quality of our products and we’ll be happy to get this fixed for you. Thanks again for you support.
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Review 9 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5

Had high hopes for this reel but...

PostedMarch 17, 2012
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Jimmy
from Pittsburgh
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
This is my first bait caster. I bought it to fish for Blue cats. Since this is a new product for me, I felt that I needed to practice in the yard so I would be ready when it actually came time to fish. I was quickly impressed with the smoothness of the reel and the casting performance. I was worried about backlashes, but that never happened so I quickly gained confidence in myself and the reel.
Yesterday (3-16-2012) I was in the middle of another practice session and when I threw the sinker, it went about 30 yards, stopped in mid air then hit the ground. I thought I had a backlash, but after a brief inspection, I realized that the free spool function on the reel had locked up and was broken. I was stunned.
I bought this reel based upon Abu's reputation for manufacturing good products, but I am less than satisfied with this reel because it broke so quickly. I bet I didn't have more than 100 casts on this reel when it quit on me. I expected it to be a tank and last me for years.
The reel is still under warranty, so I am sure Abu will fix it, but that does me no good at this point because my big fishing trip is coming up next Thursday and I will be one fishing rod short. Actually, even after it is fixed, I will always have doubts about it so I'll most likely sell it. In retrospect, I wish I had purchased a time proven design like the Abu 6500 or 7000.
My overall rating for this reel is poor due to a lack of durability. The individual ratings reflect the reels out of the box performance prior to breaking,
J.McGregor
Pittsburgh
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Pittsburgh
Follow up...
Posted April 18, 2012
Abu Garcia Customer service rocks! They called and asked me if I'd like them to fix the Alphamar or swap it out for a RCN60HC. I thought that was a terrific way of handling the situation. 5 star customer service. Thanks...
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Review 10 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

sweeeeet!!!!!

PostedJanuary 20, 2012
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jay
from michigan
Age:25-34
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Intermediate
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
i bought this reel for channel cats, and it works great. cast smooth and has plenty of power to reel the big ones in. i love the gear ratio 4.3;1. this reel also has a nice line out alarm, it puts out plenty of noise in my opinion. thanks abu garcia for a great reel!!!
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 11 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

I would say this is the best Alphamar

PostedOctober 7, 2011
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FISH ON
from montesano
Age:35-44
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Expert
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casting Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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This reel is the best all around reel i use it for trout , salmon , bass , lingcod , steelhead , And what els would one use ? but the Alphamar that is all i have to say !
I would recommend this to a friend!
 
My product recommendations
 
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Review 12 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Ultimate Reel for Big Catfish!!

PostedSeptember 7, 2011
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Joey
from Pittsburgh, PA
Age:25-34
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:No
Experience:Expert
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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I got one of these bad boys at the begining of the fishing season and I knew that it would be a good reel being that it is an Abu Garcia but I was literally blown away by this reel! . The reasons i love it is that it is super smooth, and thats the big thing that stood out to me when i used it for the first time, the second thing that stood out is how much drag there is 27lbs worth. Lets put it this way after I used it a couple times i knew I had to have another one so I sold some of my other fishing gear so i could have a second one. Simply put it's a killer deal of a price vs. perfomace ratio thats out of this world!! I use this reel for fishing for big flathead catfish so I need a reel that can take some abuse and can dish some out as well, these reels let me go toe to toe with big nasty flatheads and i dont have to worry about my reel giving up . Simply put it is a heck of a reel!
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Posted July 16, 2013
Do you use the 16 or 20 series? I'm looking for a big cat reel and thinking about getting one of these, just not sure if i need the 16 or 20.
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Review 13 for Alphamar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Alphamar 20 For Billfish

PostedFebruary 3, 2011
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Cobiakiller
from WI
Age:45-54
Favorite type of fishing:Saltwater
Number of times fishing per month:5
Owns a boat:Yes
Experience:Intermediate
Gear Feel (Smoothness) 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ergonomics 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casting Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Maintenance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Took A winter trip to Cabo and use the Alphamar for striped marlin both trolling and live bait casting. The reel worked flawlessly. No problems with the preformance of the drag smooth release and take out of drag. Spooled the reel with 50lb. Dyneema with a top shot of Flourocarbon. The reel held 600 + yards of line. We caught 23 Striped Marlin during the week, half were caught using the Alphamar reel. Great reel great looks with high quality brass gears and superior drag.
Work to FIsh....... Enjoy your time on the water!
I would recommend this to a friend!
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kery
malaysia
i like
Posted April 10, 2012
but why not make Alphamar left hand
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DarthMax
Tampico Tamps México
Question
Posted June 7, 2011
Why can´t see the Alphamar 50 on this website ?
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Kuching,Sarawak
Alphamar Great Deep Sea Reel
Posted March 15, 2011
I caught 7ft white with my Alphamar reel,it was powerful reel
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