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PostedFebruary 16, 2014
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:Yes
I absolutely love my BlackMax and now my SilverMax. However, this particular reel doesn't perform like an Abu reel. That being said, I'm an Abu guy For Life, and will continue to use Abu reels, but I highly recommend not buying this reel. Out of the box, it doesn't cast far at all. I continued to use it though. Three casts in, the spool release button got jammed, and I had to use my pliers to pull it out. Then it worked as it did out of the box; not great, but it worked. My second trip out, I hooked in to a catfish and the handle would spin and the reel didn't do anything. I took it apart when i got home and played with it. The problem is in the drag washers. They have a round hole, instead of the square holes that can grab on to the spool in other reels. I put it back together and returned it for a SilverMax.
The bearings need to on the spool spindle since this isn't the long cast design, it would provide greater casting distance. That would fix the tightness in the casting and the reeling. An instant anti-lock roller bearing would also be a nice feature to add to this. I believe this would solve some of the basic performance issues that I had with the reel. Other than that its a great buy if you are on a budget or just getting a kid started. Liked the aluminum side plates!!