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Abu Garcia® Silver Max™ Low-Profile Baitcast Reels

   

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SMAX2

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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
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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
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  • 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 113 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 Great for a first time baitcast user! I'll admit, that because I have never used a baitcaster before, i was a little intimidated by these things and especially because of the backlashes and birdnests. After doing a little research of how to videos of baitcasters (and backlashes) on youtube i ordered myself this silver max by abu garcia and got out to the water. It was a lot easier getting used to throwing a baitcaster then i had thought. and backlashes didnt seem half as bad as i thought either. Its actually really easy to fix the backlashes once the reel is setup. and its not hard to pick out the backlash if it occurs. All in all, if your thinking about getting a baitcaster, but dont want to break the bank, this a good choice. And if your a first time baitcaster, i would absolutely recommend this for the price. For a first time user, however, it is important to read the directions and know the parts to properly adjust the reel. also this reel does not have the centrifugal braking system, only the magnetic brakes, which in my opinion, makes it even easier to learn on since you'll never half to worry about adjusting brakes on the inside of the reel, just turn the outside dial. This reel has by far exceeded expectations and performance for me, and i have no doubt that it will do the same for you. August 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Perfect for My Needs I own the black max as well. I bought the silver max because of the flipping button. I soon realized I didn't need it. All you have to do is stop it with your thumb. Either way,it's a good little reel. Just like its cousin. I partnered it with a 7' medium rod and I easily pull fish into my boat with no worries. So don't be fooled by the flipping switch. You don't need it. Just buy the black max and save a few bucks. July 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Decent reel for the money I bought the Silver Maxx combo as my first baitcaster. Works well, doesn't backlash if you adjust the tension knob to the individual lure, so that the lure will fall slowly. This is the case with any baitcaster, whether it's $20, or $500. Also, drag is smooth and strong, caught some nice bass with it. Casts good distance, and is very accurate. July 1, 2014
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50lb Braid?

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Can I put 50 lb Braid on this reel? Any other suggestions on how to set this up with my 6'6" Medium Heavy Graphite series?

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I have 50 lb braid on my silver max and it works great. For rods I would recommend 7 ft or longer in at least medium heavy because your rod will break before your line does.
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I don't know why not. I have 40lb on mine and it's fine so 50lb should be ok too. I have a mono backing on first, then the braid. I use the reel on a 7'6" heavy graphite series. The 6'6" will be a good combo as well.
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You should be able to, I have 50 lb braid on a few of my saltwater reels (one is an abu garcia) pretty much 50 lb braid works fine.
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Yes, this would be a good option.

The reels used for flipping and pitching can be the same reels you use everyday for other techniques but they should be high speed, around 6:1, to pick up line quickly when a fish inhales your bait for a solid hookset and to ensure the big bass cannot turn around in the thick cover and wrap itself up so you cannot get it out. Some popular reels come with a 'flipping switch' which, when engaged, does not allow the thumb bar to lock in free spool, but as soon as you remove your thumb the reel will instantly engage the drive train. This allows for instant hooksets if a fish eats the lure on the fall and you don't have to switch hands and crank the reel to engage before you can set the hook.
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Yes, this would be a good option.

The reels used for flipping and pitching can be the same reels you use everyday for other techniques but they should be high speed, around 6:1, to pick up line quickly when a fish inhales your bait for a solid hookset and to ensure the big bass cannot turn around in the thick cover and wrap itself up so you cannot get it out. Some popular reels come with a 'flipping switch' which, when engaged, does not allow the thumb bar to lock in free spool, but as soon as you remove your thumb the reel will instantly engage the drive train. This allows for instant hooksets if a fish eats the lure on the fall and you do not have to switch hands and crank the reel to engage before you can set the hook. Thank You!
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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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Flipping switch

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How do you use the flipping switch?
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How to Use the Flip Feature on a Baitcast Reel
Instructions Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1. Slide the flip switch forward. The switch is commonly located on or near the top of the reel. When placed in the forward position, the thumb bar can be used to release line from the spool.
Step 2. Hold the baitcast reel as you normally would with your dominant hand. Position your thumb, so that you can easily press and release the thumb bar. Press down on the thumb bar and release a length of line that is equal to about twice the length of the rod you are using. Raise your thumb to release the thumb bar.
Step 3. Hold the rod so it extends out in front of you. Grasp the line somewhere between the reel and the first line guide. Pull the line down and to your side. This will take up line and cause the bait or practice plug to rise toward the tip of the rod.
Step 4. Raise the tip of the rod slightly to initiate the flipping motion. This will cause the lure to swing slightly back toward you.
Step 5. Lower the tip of the rod and roll your wrist, so the palm of your hand faces toward the target on the water. As the lure moves toward the target, move the hand holding the line closer to the rod and allow the line to move through your hand freely.

Read more at Trails.com: How to Use the Flip Feature on a Baitcast Reel | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/how_39847_use-flip-feature-baitcast-reel.html#ixzz3Cwh00LYd

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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, you can! Make sure you rinse/lubricate your equipment after use/before storing it. I use this reel for Snapper and Sea Bass.
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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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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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