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Lightweight, powerful, and precisely designed, this attractive and affordable Abu Garcia® Silver Max™ Low-Profile Baitcast Reel 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.
Handy flipping switch
Five Ball Bearings plus Instant Anti-Reverse bearing
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
Its is an amazing reel I hauled in a 5 lber on it and it handledtha big fish great. Very dissapointed because after a couple weeks of use the handles feel loose and the paint is in poor condition even though I use a reel cover, and clean and lu ri ate regularly.
September 11, 2012
My son bought on of these reels. the first thing I noticed was it was a left handed reel. Being right handed it took a little getting use to but done it is easier and quicker to use. You have to switch the back and forth from hand to hand. The reel cast very smooth and have no problem at all with back lash.
He bought this as a combo and it feels nicely balanced.
I have two Browning Madalion reels which I have gotten good service out of for many years but paid a good bit more for.I hope these stand up as well.
I would recommend this reel to anyone.
reel has some nice features but instruction would be nice.
September 5, 2012
Can't beat it for the price.
This was my first baitcaster 3 years ago. Love it!!!
I have some more expensive ones now and only use a baitcaster when fishing. I still have my Silver Max on my top water pole and would not trade it for any of my others.
I also have a Quantum, I use it to re-spool my line on other reels, that's all its good for.
August 28, 2012
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
There's not much to it really. You just have to set the brake a little lighter.
3 months ago
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
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.
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.
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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