Company Description: 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
Gear Ratio: 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
Review: This is the first baitcaster I've owned and have to say I love it. I bought it specifically for frog fishing in thick weeds and lily pads and I have to say it worked out great. The drag is pretty smooth for those times when I just happen to have had a couple of large pike explode on my frog. As well it's design and braking system are simple, so not too many bells and whistles to confuse someone new to using bait casting reels. I paired it with a Berkley Lightning six foot medium action rod (I know not the best for heavy weeds and pads but good for multiple uses). I spooled it with 30lb Spiderwire Stealth braid and it worked out great. I used this reel for both frogging and spinnerbait fishing and had a blast.
I would definitely buy another Abu Garcia Silvermax and recommend them to anyone in the market for baitcasting reel.
Pros: It's pretty inexpensive and durable for the price. The drag is smooth and holds up pretty well against larger fish.
Cons: The only con I found was that when the drag was completely locked down it would some times loosen up when pulling in fish covered in weeds.