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103 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
Excellent reel especially for the price. I love Abu Garcia products. As long as you set it up right with the tackle you are using you'll have very few if any backlashes. I carry 7 different, more expensive, baitcaster setups with me on my boat and this reel performs equally as well and better than some of my others.
Caught this on sale and I'm very happy with it. Bought it as a combination, basically got the Silver Max rod for free. Very little problem with backlash, I'm using braided line and love the way this reel casts. Both casting and retrieve are very smooth. This is one of the top two reels I use. The Silver Max rod is sensitive enough feel a light bump from a walleye and the reel gives a good set with no slip at all.
I realize that you can pay $300 and more for a high quality reel but it is not necessary for the every day fisherman. This unit cast's well and long distance. Good quality and I highly recommend it. I have noticed that some have problems with back lash. Frustrating, yes, but it's all in the set up. You need to turn the drag on the left side of the reel all the way to off and then attach your bait. Then the small knob on the right should be turned down as well. Then tap the release on the back of the reel and loosen the small drag knob by the crank handle just until the lure begins to fall. Check it again and when you have that right just turn the bigger knob on the left side of the reel half way and start from there. Some extra adjustment might be needed but that is the basic start point. Tight lines to all. Jman
Outstanding reel , I am very impressed with the smoothness and way it feels in your hand , you boys have done a great thing by making such a great baitcaster that most people can afford and be proud of.Abu Garcia makes the best reels in the world,if you don't believe it,just give one a cast!
Well pleased with smoothness of reel,quality, castabilty and performance.
Recently bought this reel as a replacement for a spinning reel. I broke one of my favorite rods, and decided to switch over to a baitcasting setup. I was on a limited budget, the guys out the local outdoor store helped me find something i could afford. I was very skeptical about this because of how affordable it is. I'm now kicking myself for not buying it sooner. I can't believe how great this reel is. I can cast with ease with everything from shakey head jigs to weightless trick worms. Ultra smooth. The drag setup is great. Handled a 6 lb largemouth the first trip out without any hiccups. Haven't really used the "flippin switch" yet, so I can't comment on that, but if you have any thumb control at all you won't need that button! This is a MUST HAVE for anyone who is new/semi-new to baitcasters!
I have had this reel for about a year now and haven't had any problems with it. I love the feel of the reel in my hand when fighting a bis bass. I own four other reels f and five rods! In my opinion you can't go wrong with any products from ABU GARCIA. 5600 bcx, orra sx-hs, cardinal 102i and the agenda ultralight
First off I had only used spinning reels before I purchased the silver max2, I wanted more diversity and decided a baitcaster was in order. There was a learning curve involved, I had to get used to the feel of this style of reel.
My wife thought I was crazy but at midnight I tied on a 3/4 oz weight and practiced fine tuning my reel, and slowly casting. It took a bit but I got the hang of it, backlash is now minimal to none. So I went fishing at 7:00 am at my favorite local farm pond.
The advantage of being able to feel your line get taps I never felt before, and have the great torque power of this reel truly doubled the amount of fish. Great product I now feel like a pro! and what a great price! I will be getting more Abu Garcia baitcasters!
Used this reel for the first time casting small crankbaits into 20 mph winds. The reel performed flawlesly. No overruns & got great distance even into the wind. The reel fits nicely in your hand & is really light weight. I would highly reccomend this reel & am planning on getting several more to replace my older ones.
This was my first baitcast reel purchase in many years. The one thing it took me a while to get used to was how small these low profile reels have gotten. The reel performs very well. Cranks smoothly and makes nice, long casts. The flipping switch works very well compared to those on other reels I have owned in the past. The drag feels nice and strong, I will definitely be buying a couple more Max series reels in the near future.
I have used Shimano reels for 20 + years and - quite frankly - bought this reel because of the price, intending to use it as a spare. I paired it with my favorite 7-6 worm rod just for kicks and got a wonderful surprise. I love the smoothness and cast-ability. Pitches great. I have moved the Shimano into the backup position and the new max is now a starter!! What a great reel at a great price.
This is my first baitcaster, to own. I have used many that other people owned so I had some background going into making this purchase. The gearing is very smooth, I really like the Magnetic casting brake, and I can see where the flipping switch would come in very handy. It is also easy to take apart for maintenance. Great reel for the price.
The Abu Garcia Silver Max was the first low profile bait casting reel I ever purchased. I have gone through many low profile bait casting reels but the Silver max has lasted me the longest (4 years). Being a broke college student makes the price appealing. Performance is awesome. Never have had any problems with reel. It is the smoothest casting reel I own and withstands any weather conditions i put it through. (rain, snow, sand, etc) It was the first low profile bait casting reel I've ever owned and it will for sure be the last I ever purchase. Great reel for great price.
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.
This real is hands down one of the best reals for its price. paired with berkley lightning rod makes for some great casting on a full day of fishing. I love this real, i am not one to buy expensive reals because of how much wear i give them. but the silver max has has held up great through hiking in the woods to those lost lakes. the real also handled great with 12lb test when i hooked into a 32lb carp. Buy the Silver Max! Its worth it!
I have been fishing with abu products for 57 years; I presently have 45reels and 9 veritas rods; all work except one that I broke; I fish each morning about 30 minutes and each afternoon about 2 hours; the silver max is now my favorite; I use it on a veritas and fish mostly with plastics
( flukes, worms, creature); does not seem to work good on 1/4 to 5/16 oz. jigs; use my c3 for this; will continue to buy abu silver(s)
I got it yesterday and it works great! Really silky smooth. I paired it up with a 6'6 vengeance rod and it's light weight. I highly recommend this reel! Great for starters. I'm going fishing on Thursday and can't wait to try it out! Fantastic job Abu Garcia! Keep it up!
I own 2 revo stx's,a revo s, and a revo sx all on abu garcia's V series rods I needed one more reel for my 6' 9" MH veritas and saw this over at my local bass pro shops, after toying with it at the store I decided to purchased it to give it a try with the thought that I would just return it if I did'nt like it ....let me tell you this new revamped silver max performes just as good as my higher end revo reels .Cast a mile and smooth as silk definitly a keeper great job Abu...you have a customer for life...
Between me and my partner which is my brother we own about
twelve of these and with regular maintenance like lube and cleaning they have out performed every other reels we have,
we both also own revos and both think silver max's will match up against them any time , plus you cant beat the price!!!
While i was looking at different bait-caster reels this reel really stood out to me because of its reasonable price and quality. This is not only the my first bait-caster but it is also my first Abu Garcia, i was recommended by both my dad and a few friends that this was a quality brand. Now i sure do believe it, the Silver Max is very smooth for both casting and reeling, the brake system is very easy and quick to use, the drag is smooth, and it is very easy to clean and lubricate. When i first took it out fishing only the first 3 or 4 casts i got birds-nests, it is very easy to cast and you can cast if very far and accurately with some practice.