Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 113
Rated 4 out of 5 by rockchalk06 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 jaw1322 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 onmyboat23 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 JP052 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