Has the strength you need to go toe-to-toe with a trophy cat
Rugged 1-piece aluminum frame
High-capacity machined-aluminum spool
6-pin centrifugal brake system for backlash-free casting
PowerLock™ instant anti-reverse
Big and burly, with the strength you need to go toe-to-toe with a trophy cat and come out a winner. The Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ CMX-3 Round Baitcast Reel features a rugged 1-piece aluminum frame; high-capacity machined-aluminum spool; 6-pin centrifugal brake system for backlash-free casting; tough gearing; quality 3-bearing system; PowerLock™ instant anti-reverse; audible bait clicker.
Rated 4 out of 5 by mkdemon good reel
overall good reel.Would recommend if you are new to bait casters for its real easy and smooth to cast with hardly no backlash.I have had mine for a few years now and its landed some monsters.The only thing i wish is that some of the internals were made of metal and not plastic.There is a nub that holds the reset lever inline . I guess it wore out from casting and eventually broke off, but for the money not bad and you will get your moneys worth.
June 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by kattdaddy not happy
when i first got this reel i was very happy wasnt real heavy like some and was what i thought really smooth thought it was a great buy. i fish the missouri river quite a bit and pretty swift current so you need your clikers pretty tight if you use them the second time out i went to tighten down the spool tenchener so it would hold in current the plastic cap that you tighten down stripped out and i know you all think i was really cranking on it but i wasent i was just snugging it down if it had a aluminum cap like the abu's that i use know it would be a super buy for the money but the plastic cap just wont hold up
March 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by nanuq Best baitcast reel
This real with the catmaxx 10 foot rod, you can't go wrong. By far the best catfish reel I have.
July 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by old36bob good reel
I got my 1st reel about a month ago and liked it so much I ordered a 2nd. This is the 1st Bait casting reel I've used in about 25 years and have yet to have my 1st professional overrun. It's very smooth and everything seems to work like it's suppose to.
June 22, 2012
with a 3oz. weight and a med. 7 foot rod i can sling it a 100 yards.Very smooth and i have never had a backlash.I spool it with 65lbs power pro with a little backing and can get about 200 yards on it.Very smooth easy to cast as well as comfortable to hold.
This reel casts very well... at least as good as reels cost twice as much. I rarely get backlash when I did it was largely my personal fault. It is very forgiving. I have used it for light saltwater fishing and as long as you wash the salt right off it has so far doing very well catching sea bass, fluke and scup.
I own both... I would say this CatMAXX is on par with Abu C3 6500 and it costs less. The Abu is built with more metal parts so it is supposed to be a longer lasting reel. But in term of reeling power, line capacity, casting the two perform almost equally. One thing I like about the CatMAXX is that it has the big thumb clutch instead of a small one like the Abu C3. You can hold the line with the thumb while depressing the clutch but the Abu I need to use my thumb to hold the line while using my left hand to press the clutch to prevent accidental line release and backlash.
With the A-rig, you need a reel that can launch it like a rocket, tough like saltwater gear, and holds up to a lot of tension because the A-rig finds every stump in the lake and you need to pull the hooks straight sometimes to get the bait back. I stripped a gear on one of my good BPS Extreme reels with an A-rig and need a replacement.