Abu Garcia® Silver Max™ Low-Profile Baitcast Reels

   

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SMAX2

Right

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/145

Braid Capacity:
30/130

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8

SMAX2-L

Left

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/145

Braid Capacity:
30/130

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8
  • Handy flipping switch
  • Five Ball Bearings plus Instant Anti-Reverse™ bearing
  • Graphite frame and sideplates
  • Power Disk™ drag system
  • Duragear™ brass gears
  • MagTrax™ brake system

Lightweight, powerful, and precisely designed, this attractive and affordable baitcaster gives you everything you need, including a handy flipping switch so you can make quick short casts to cover. Other features include five Ball Bearings plus Instant Anti-Reverse™ bearing, graphite frame and sideplates, Power Disk™ drag system, Duragear™ brass gears, and MagTrax™ brake system.

Line recovery in inches per handle turn.
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 107 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Well worth 60 dollars This Silver Max was my first Max series reel and my 2nd reel with magnetic breaks. I was a bit skeptical with buying it at first. My first magnetic break BC was a nightmare. After buying and testing this out, Abu did their homework on it. Alot of times spending less than 100 dollars on a bait cast reel is a no no. Less expensive reels tend to buzz when casting and it drives me nuts. I was surprised when I first took this to the water. Very smooth when casting. I am using 50# braid and am very impressed. I am still trying to master the flipping switch. 99% is me and not practicing enough. The concept is cool though and I'm glad its an option for the reel. The bent handle and bent star is a big plus. Feels nice and comfortable with your hand closer to the reel. Plus it really gives the reel a clean look. I have this paired with a 7' MH lighting Shock rod from Berkley and its balanced very well. This is my flipping set up and heavy jig set up. Only reason I am giving this a 4 star and not a 5 star is due to the spool tention knob. Its very touchy and for a beginner I see some problems. To set it correctly where the lure falls slowly, it has to be very tight compared to other bait cast reels I own. This will make a great 1st or 20th reel. August 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good buy I actually bought this reel on a combo at a yard sale for $30, it was my first baitcaster. I always loved the idea of using one, since that's what all the pro's seem to use. After using it a few times, I kept getting horrible backlashes and eventually I just gave up. Now, about a year later, I decided to pick me up a nice Pflueger baitcaster rod, 10lb fluorocarbon line and give it another shot, and I'm hooked on this reel now. I just wish it was a left hand retrieve, instead of right, but hey. If you got horrible backclashes, make sure you are using a good baitcaster pole and line, still got problems? Use heavier lures. April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by I love this reel I bought this on a combo for $90 which is great. The reel is really smooth and there isn't any buzzing that you can get on a lot of cheaper reels. The braking system is better than on my black max which is a few dollars cheaper. March 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by This thing is really bad My friend gave one to me and this thing is the non smoothest, bad casting reel, worst backlashing reel ever. Worst reel I've ever had. Very noisy when casting, my dad says that it sounds like an airplane. Also very noisy when reeling in. You can feel the gears skipping. Defiantly not worth $60. I like a lot of abu's stuff but this is not one of them. Abu you missed the target in this one. If your looking for a good 60 dollar get the bass pro nitro z tournament or the browning Midas. Please don't waste your money February 2, 2014
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It is better as a cranking reel, but could be used as a pitching reel, to do so I'd recommend 12-15 lb fluorocarbon (P-Line, its the best). A good pitching reel should ideally have a little higher line holding capacity and around a 7:1 gear ratio to take up line fast
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Yes, the Silver Max is a great reel for pitching.
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How do you use the flipping switch?
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You simply push down the casting button and cast. When you lift up your thumb, the line will stop immediately and the lure will fall down.
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you just flip the switch to the left of the spool.
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flip the switch to the "on" position and instead of pushing down the thumb bar and having it lock into place it releases when you release the bar. Press it down, flip your bait, and when it lands where you want release the thumb bar
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Yes I have used it for jack crevalle and it held up fine
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No, Abu Garcia makes reels specifically for saltwater but, the silver max isn't one of them.
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no mine got messed up by a catfish. and trout did kinda okay but not reds
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That is all I use it for. Limited line capacity for reds (use braid)
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Yes, just clean it regularly and wash with fresh water after using.
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i do
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Yea i do it all the time
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Yes you can just rinse it after saltwater use
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there is no other way
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12-15 lb P-line fluorocarbon and loosen up the settings unless you intend on skipping jigs which in that case tighten up the settings to avoid backlashing
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That's all there is to it....you might want to go to you tube and search for a video on flipping.
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im not completely sure about the silver max but the abu garcia revo s has three magnetic breaks and three flipping and pitching breaks you adjust when you are doing flipping or pitching. im not sure if these two are made the same or not but it could be something similar to that.
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This Is a General Answer to Most Bait-casters. Tie the Lure You want to Flip or Pitch On. with the Reel on the rod at a 45 degree angel to the ground Keeping your thumb on the spool some. from thigh-en to more free spooling slowly turn the knob Till the Lure falls to the ground . when it Hits the Ground there should be no Overrun or Backlash at all with the side Plate sent to Zero.. Then if you Have wind to Deal with turn up the side Plate to cure Backlash or over runs.. You Must set the Main Knob to the weight of the Lure Your using. This is a start Setting . in time you may be able to go free up the main Knob more and be able to feather the spool with Your thumb
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There's not much to it really. You just have to set the brake a little lighter.
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Like any other baitcaster, you set the tension knob so the lure maintains a controlled fall during free-spool and then sat the brakes so that when the lure hits the water, you spool is not spinning too fast
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I usually set mine for the weight of the lure and turn the flipping switch off. But that is just the way I do it. And the wasy I do it works pretty good until I get a backlash, one of which I have spent an hour and a half trying to fix.
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is this a good starters reel

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The Abu Garcia Silver Max is an excellent starters reel.
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it was my starter reel, the biggest mistake i made was i was trying to flip on one cast and then long cast off the other side of the boat. each casting style requires different set up of this reel. try to keep it to just one style, it will mean more performance and less hasstle in the long run

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yes works great and easy to use. just the flippn switch gets a little sticky.
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Yes it is. It casts very nicely with a flip of the wrist.
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Easy to set up, easy to use set, mag cast control to max It is a very good reel to start with
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Yes but I would recommend a lews speed spool thats all you will ever need or a pro qualifier
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very good starter reel
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FIRST BAIT CASTER, I LIKED IT SO MUCH I GOT 2 MORE OF THE SAME REEL.
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I am not sure that this is the best beginners reel. I have three low-profile baitcasters. But it is cheap enough to be a good beginner reel. So I am not sure that is or is not. I do think that an anti-backlash reel like the shakespeare one would be better for this prurpose.
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this reel is a great reel for any starter or even if you are just looking for a great value. i have a silver max that i have with me 7 foot fenwick rod that i have had for 2 seasons now and dont plan on replacing it any tiome soon. this is my fith baitcasting reel i have owned in my life and by far my favorite.
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Could be set up for pitching and flipping with 12-15 lb P-line fluorocarbon using jigs ranging from 3/8 to 3/4 of an ounce
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On the top of the reel on the left is an on and off switch. That adjusts the reel between pitching and flipping.
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set the break at about 60 % and adjust the spool tention a little loose, do not use the flipping button as it is difficult to operate.

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i have mine on a 7'6" veritas flippn rod with 30# power pole braid. i flip jigs and plastics to heavy cover. the reel has hauled them out for me. pick your pole/line and make a few flips you can adjust your brake and tension from there. i like to hold the rod out depress the thumb release and when the bait hits the floor i like the reel to stop. if the spool keeps going adjust the brake/tension.
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Press the flipping switch. Bingo you're there.

Of course you do have to put on the proper line (in South Fla that would be 65 lbs braid) and tighten the drag so it has little give.
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I did actually use this for flipping. I use 30 pound braid and a MH to H rod.
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