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Fantastic Crankin' Combo Completion
PostedNovember 8, 2013
from Ottawa, ON
Favorite type of fishing:Freshwater
Number of times fishing per month:5+
Owns a boat:No
Abu makes some good looking products..
Nearing the end of the season, I picked up and paired the Orra Winch on a 7' Veritas Medium to use for crankbaits. For a $100 reel I am very satisfied with the quality of the parts used. The metal drag star is much nicer than the plastic one on my Shimano Curado. Another big plus over the Curado is the clicking sound and feel of the spool tension knob, which I am a fan of (absent on the more expensive Curado). These give the reel a higher quality feel, and gives me more confidence in its manufacture. I know comparing these two reels to every detail is not necessary, but comparing components alone gives the advantage to Garcia for sure. The one component I am not such a big fan of is the magnetic braking system, which just can't compete with centrifugal in my personal opinion. Although the higher end Abu reels carry it, all levels of Shimano models carry it. I don't see why all levels of the Abu line couldn't as well.
As far as fishing this reel, I mainly used squarebills to start out with. Minimal spool tension adjustments and the brake system turned on no more than a fifth of the way and I could cast squarebills as far as I probably could on spinning gear. Unheard of performance for crankbaits as far as baitcasters had concerned me. It does not matter the brand or size, this thing is a squarebill sensei. Switching over to 5" minnow crankbaits was a slightly different story. Initially, adjusting the reel to properly cast these baits took a little longer, and if not tuned to within a hair of perfection caused major backlash. These birdnests were 100% of the time fixable, and I never had to cut them out, they were just a major annoyance. This most likely had more to do with throwing new fluoro in colder weather, because after a few outings with this thing it was beginning to show the same casting greatness it had for the squarebills. A slight increase in braking and it was starting to throw minnow cranks farther than I had ever come close to on other baitcasters.
The bottom line is this is a superb reel, and I doubt there is very much on the market, let alone for $100, that can compare for cranking. I have my eyes set on the Revo Winch for my next crank reel. I think Abu might have my business for a long time if they continue the path they seem to be taking.