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
Very low quality
I bought this reel and thought it was great...for the first day. The second day I used it, it started to make this horrible grinding sound when I was reeling in a fish. I don't know what caused this, but I am very disappointed in the reel quality. I was told it was a good brand, but apparently not. I had a $15 reel last longer than it did. I would not recommend this reel to anyone, unless you only wanted to use it for one day.
May 28, 2013
It's decent but not great
Purchased the 476i based on past experiences with Abu Garcia products and the success I had with them as far as durability and performance. The information I read online and some reviews of 476i, sold me and I bought it. Overall, it's a decent reel and gets the job done. On the down side, it's bulkier than I preferred and getting the drag adjusted to where I like it was not easy.
I would not recommend this reel for anything smaller than large bass, catfish or larger freshwater fish. It is definitely too big for pan fish.
June 28, 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