Abu Garcia® Abumatic™ 476i Spincast Reel
I bought two of these reels for a trip to Minnesota with my grandson. After one day of fishing the line that came with the reel was frayed and the nylon was powdered all over the inside. I cleaned the reel and replaced the line for the next day with 8 lb. test mono. After a few hours the reel started to make a grinding sound and casting was near imposable beyond 30 feet without snagging in the cap. My grandson started to have the exact same problems I had on the third day of fishing. I ended up using one of my Abu Garcia bait casters while trolling for the rest of the week. I have two Abu Garcia rods and bait cast reels and never had any problems what so ever and I love them, but this reel was a total let down, I will not trust this reel for any fishing trip except as a last resort back-up reel.
June 26, 2014
My Wife's Favorite Reel
My wife uses this reel on our frequent hybrid bass fishing trips. She has no problem casting it and the drag holds up well to the powerful runs common with these fish. I spend less time messing with gear and more time fishing and both of us enjoy the trip. I have a bucket with several Johnson's and Zebcos in various states of repair/disrepair. I plan on dumping them in the trash and buying 1 or 2 more Abumatics.
A good reel at a good price.
May 22, 2012
For the last 4 years, I've bought my wife one of Garcia's reels including this one. Doesn't matter which one or how expensive, Each was good for one year only.I found a shop to rebuild them, but the cost was as much as the reels. Last year, I bought her a Zebco Omega. Still going strong as new, & she uses it almost daily. What happened to the Garcis quality?
June 5, 2012
good and kinda cheap
i have went through two of them, they good but the button is cheap made out of plastic,if that was upgrade,it would be a goo reel. and i cant go spend money every time it breaks, abu garcia it would be nice for couple of replacements for the two i had spent money on..
May 30, 2011