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Abu Garcia Silver Max Low-Profile Baitcast Reel

   

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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

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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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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
  • Graphite frame and sideplates
  • Power Disk drag system
  • Duragear brass gears
  • MagTrax brake system
Abu Garcia Silver Max Low-Profile Baitcast Reel 4.2 5 116 116
Great introductory baitcaster and very reliable I purchased this reel as a combo with a Bass Pro Shop rod. I do not have too much experience with baitcasters. In one week of fishing with this reel, I am completely comfortable with them and even prefer this over my more expensive Quantum (the Quantum is a very good reel, its a code, I just prefer the feel of the Abu). It has been tested on several occasions since I have had it, and each time it performed great. The largest of which was a 6 lb 6 oz largemouth. After this experience I would look to try one of their better ones down the road. May 24, 2012
whosurdanny I bought my new rod reel combo today. I took it straight to my local lake and had alot of trouble getting a good cast. I spent more time cleaning up my line then I did fishing. I was either casting 5 feet away or untying knots from backlash. I really love the gear ratio but if I can't get this working the way it was advertised then I'm going back to an opened faced reel. Why is it so hard to include a manual? It'd be nice to have the info right out of the gate instead of having a bad expierence and then coming here to complain about it. If anything post a demo video for the novice bait cast reel buyer/user!!!!!!!!!! Also I'd like you to send me a brand new, top of the line rod and reel combo since I am ruined now on baitcast reels without manuals. May 12, 2012
Recommend but . . . I like what I feel and see in this reel and the price was right. However, I am concerned about how mine is working and whether it will hold up long term. My concern is how tight I must screw down the cast control knob. If I tighten it down until a lure stops falling in free spool then I can only cast gently and only a few feet to avoid getting a "professional over wind". In order to make a normal cast, say 45 -50 feet with a 3/8th oz lure, then I have to crank down the cast control knob until a lure many times heavier would stop falling in free spool. I can feel the tension during retrieve. I haven't used the reel enough to see if this may result in future problems. I hope not because I like the reel. Only 3 stars for casting performance because of my concerns. September 24, 2012
Works great sometimes... Last year I wanted this reel really bad. I tried three different stores and finally came across one. I picked up silvermax combo and was stoked to catch a fish with it however, I constantly get backlashes, ive tried about 8 different types and brands of line and each one just seems to do the same thing so I took the cover off to look at the brakes and it looks like one of the magnets are missing. Id have to say im pretty dissapointed with this reel. I have multiple abu garcias and didnt really have problems with them June 10, 2012
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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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The manufacturer recommends this reel to be used with 30 lb braided line. Spool 5 or 10 yards of monofilament line onto the reel. This layer of monofilament includes enough "give" to let the braided line settle in firmly. It also builds in some helpful stretch in case you end up playing out all of your line while trying to land a far-roaming fish. Attach the braided line to the monofilament backing line using two uni knots, or a uni-to-uni splice. Turn the spool to wind the braided line onto your reel.

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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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The flipping switch disengages/engages the spool only, so you don't need to turn the crank to engage the gears. When you release the thumb bar, the crank gears are still engaged. In other words, with the flipping switch set to "on", when you release the thumb bar, you can set the hook as the spool and crank gears are engaged.
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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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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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