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Shimano®'s latest Front Drag Spinning Reel, the AX Series ULSA, is sure to be a fisherman's favorite. Shimano quality features include a graphite frame, graphite side plate, graphite rotor and diecast aluminum spool. This front drag spinning reel also features Dyna-Balance, which incorporates counter-balancing techniques in the rotor to eliminate wobble during the retrieve. Backed by the Shimano name, front drag spinning reel covers all the basics, performs well and offers plenty of enjoyment.
Answer to Sand problem
I surf fish for corbina in so cal. The problem is the sand, I dont care how much you spend on a spinner if a wave breaks on it, its done. This can happen when your unhooking a fish or just drop it for some reason, sooner or later its gonna get sand in it. For this reason I refuse to spend big bucks on spinners and I've tried a lot of different cheap reels. This one is the best I've found period. Its smooth reeling, smooth drag and casts very well. I was impressed by the feel of it as soon as I bought and used it once. Only bad thing is the cheap plastic handle. If I get sand in the reel I toss it and get another.
August 28, 2012
first on line purchase
this product is very good,a great bargain for the price
June 16, 2012
Best reel ever
I have owned the ax reel for about 12 years i have never had any issue with it. I have several reels that i spent alot more on and have in a parts box.
January 15, 2012
Good for the money
Lightweight, cheap and relatively durable. For $20 this is a great starting reel for most. I know old timers who use these and the rear drag ones over any other reel. They break....toss them and buy a brand new one!
September 2, 2011
Have you ever seen those reels that have the drag control at the top of the spool, and the big black knob at the bottom for controlling the drag as well? Shakepeare makes a lot of front/rear drag reels. Not many reels have rear drag, almost every spinning reel you'll see is front drag because the knob on the top of the spool controls that line tension. So that's all that's meant by 'front drag', it's a way to differentiate between those rare and out-dated rear drag systems lol hope this helps!
Front drag means that the drag tension adjustment is on top of the spool. Almost all spinning reels are this way. Rear drag is when the adjustment knob is on the very rear/back of the reel like the old Shimano speedmaster series.
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