Reel Review: Abu Garcia Black Max

Abu Garcia Black Max Low Profile Fishing Reel

It is a lightweight fishing reel ergonomically designed to ensure you can easily maintain your grip, and it does not slip from your hand no matter the circumstances. The reel has an almost frictionless retrieval system and is smooth when casting for a nice fishing experience. It outlasts most of its peers because of expert craftsmanship that has been employed on quality material.

Abu Garcia Black Max Low Profile Fishing Reel

It has been ergonomically designed; it has a recessed reel foot with a compact bent handle to ensure you have a firm grip even when handling large fish in rocky waters. They have both left and right-handed versions to take care of all people. It fits snugly on the palm and is comfortable to fish with.

It is conveniently lightweight, composed of a one-piece graphite frame and graphite side plates with stainless steel ball bearings and a machined aluminum spool. This assembly is also easy on the eye and very durable.

The Abu Garcia Black Max reel has a magnetic brake system dubbed Magtrax that can be adjusted externally, which applies constant force throughout the cast. Combined with the Power Disk drag system with four stainless steel ball bearings and one roller bearing, it guarantees the best drag in terms of smoothness, accuracy, and range.

The reel incorporates a Dura Gear brass gear with a gear ratio of 6.4:1 that allows you to manipulate your line recovery rate to suit the prevailing demands. This reel is tournament ready and can hold its own amongst its peers.



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Abu Garcia Black Max

Some anglers may be disappointed that the Black Max only comes in a 6.4:1 gear ratio, but I think that’s an excellent starting point for most anglers. It’s plenty of speed to retrieve line quickly when setting the hook, but it’s not “too” fast as to overpower reaction lures.

What is impressive is this reel in high winds, and its line management and castability are top-notch, especially for a $54.99 reel. Even if you’re a beginner, the simplicity of this reel will allow you to catch on quickly and easily.

The upgraded Abu Garcia Black Max low-profile baitcast reel delivers class-leading performance in a compact, lightweight design. The new generation of Max reels incorporates new styling with the proven value and reliability that anglers have come to expect from this series.


  • 4 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing
  • Machined aluminum spool
  • Power Disk™ drag system
  • Duragear™ brass gear
  • MagTrax™ brake system
  • Compact bent handle and star
  • Recessed reel foot
  • One-piece graphite frame
  • Graphite sideplates

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