Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 107
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 BenPeetermans 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 MattyB1982 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 Vtoutdoors123 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