Abu Garcia Abumatic 276i Spincast Reel
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Enhance your fishing experience the same way previous generations have with a durable Abu Garcia® Abumatic™ 276i Spincast Reel. This lightweight, compact Abumatic 276i Spincast Reel is designed to enhance your fishing experience by delivering long-lasting, dependable performance. The Abumatic 276i Reel’s ultra-smooth spool drag system provides the extra cranking power every angler can count on, while its dual rotating swing-arm pick-up pins consistently collects the line onto the spool for long, accurate casting and efficient retrieves. The Abumatic 276i Spincast Reel is outfitted with Abu Garcia's two-bearing Duragear™ gears with Instant Anti-Reverse™, a feature that's typically reserved for high-priced baitcast reels only. Pre-spooled with 110 yards of 8 lb. Berkley® Trilene® XL line.
- Ultra-smooth spool drag system
- Duragear drive
- Instant Anti-Reverse
- Titanium nitride line guide
- Dual rotating swing-arm pick-up pins
- Left/Right hand retrieve
- Comfort Touch™ thumb button
- Pre-spooled with Berkley Trilene XL line
Abu Garcia® Abumatic™ 276i Spincast Reel
I purchased one of these fine reels a few months ago. One of my first spincast reels ever. (grew up a dock rat and young dock rats were always given old broken cheap spincasts to use, so I developed a bad attitude towards them until recently)
I have a 1950s Shakespeare Wondercast in perfect shape which worked well for bank fishing. Fished for 50 years using spinning tackle, which can be finicky.
I replaced the line on the fine reel with Spiderwire EZ Mono 8lb, and in doing so found the reel did have a problem as described in a couple of posts. The problem was me not putting the line on correctly, or not enough which was the problem. This was causing the short cast problem. Too much line can be bad too. In any reel, and reel type. One must find the perfect line fill for each reel.
My advice and experience taught me to double check any rod or reel before using. I have expensive rigs which a screw, or spring sometimes needs adjusting.
In short I know of no reel, or tackle for this matter which works 100 percent of the time 100 percent. Great reel!
July 1, 2012
this is not a good reel
this is my 3rd season using this reel and this year I cast and it stops short and drops in the water 12ft from me. it has a catch when you reel it in. this is the worst reel I have ever used. I have had it taken apart and restring it 3x now and it doesn't change anything the first fish I catch it acts a fool again.
June 20, 2012
Works better than AG's more expensive reels
I was very impressed with this reel. The tension iss very easy to adjust and fits well in my hand. The spool release button felt a little cheap after a while, almost as if it was broken after the first 15 casts, but it kept working. Occasionally, I would get backlash but this was rare and usually fixed by a long cast and pinching the line as I reeled it in to make sure it spooled tightly. Also, this reel was loud, like the line inside was constantly scraping the metal parts inside. A simple reel that simply worked. More than I can say about the other to expensive AG reels I also bought.
May 26, 2012
Thumb button and drag issues
I would give this reel thumbs up, if it were not for the thumb button always breaking. Also, drag setting issues.
I love the distance and smoothness with the cast and retrieval. I can cast just about any light lure that I want to.
I am on the fourth thumb button and it just broke. Ordered 5 more. After several trips of hard fishing and long casting, I can count on the thumb button to break inside. You can use it this way for awhile, but eventually, the button will fall off-out.
I have spent more on thumb button assemblies and shipping than the reel originally cost, but I like using this reel. If you do not mind ordering and replacing thumb buttons, then try it. If Abu Garcia can solve this problem, then I would buy another. My wife and daughter have one and they have not had this problem, but they are not continually casting, as they bait fish more.
May 15, 2012
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