Abu Garcia Abumatic 276i Spincast Reel
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
I had gone fishing with my kids many times with the zebco 33. Had so many problems always having to stop and fix endless problems. I purchased this based on the price and my good experience with the AG spin reels. Took the kids out this weekend and didn't have one problem all day! Very easy to use. Thank you for a Great product.
February 22, 2012