Abu Garcia Black Max Spinning Reel – Any Good?

Is the Abu Garcia Black Max spinning reel any good?

Let’s start off with the price tag of the Abu Garcia Black Max spinning reel which is very low…about mid $30 range. I’ve read quite a few reviews and watched about 20 videos and it seems to be a good spinning reel. One bad  review was because of the small plastic line holder was broken. The owner did not contact Abu Garcia customer service though. I would. They will make it right and probably replace the entire reel. Abu Garcia customer service is great.

Here is a short feature video on the Abu Garcia Black Max spinning reel. You will get a good idea of how the features benefit you.

Abu Garcia Black Max Spinning Reel Features

  • 3 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
  • Lightweight graphite body and rotor – strong and durable + corrosion resistance
  • Machined aluminum spool provides strength without adding excess weight
  • Everlast bail System for improved durability
  • Slow oscillation provides even line lay with all types of line
  • Low price tag
  • Excellent customer service
  • Attractive finish

Abu Garcia Black Max Spinning Reel

I am a spinning guy and most likely will get on of the Black Max spinning reels to try. I just can’t say no to $30 to try a new reel. If it was $100, I would pass. The features are good and beneficial. I love the graphite body and rotor. Graphite is super strong, durable and impervious to corrosion. It’s not only good for rods anymore.

The reviews I read and saw in videos were positive PLUS Abu Garcia customer service is impeccable. They will make things right. I have nothing to loose. If I don’t like the reel, I can return it for a full refund to Amazon.com. If it has any issues, Abu Garcia will send me a new one asap. It’s just a “no-brainer”. I’ll most likely put it on my Ugly Stik and try it on bass.

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Abu Garcia Black Max Baitcast Reel – Any Good?

Is the Abu Garcia Black Max baitcast reel good for bass? Or any fish?

First let’s look at the price of the Black Max reel – under $50.

It’s a very inexpensive baitcast reel and from a well known manufacturer…Abu Garcia. They have been around for a very long time. The reviews are very good too. A few people had issues but they were sent new reels from Abu Garcia. Nice job!

Let’s check out the features of the Abu Garcia Black Max baitcast reel. Watch this product video from Abu Garcia.

Abu Garcia Black Max Baitcast Reel Features

  • Sleek, lightweight, stylish design with one-piece graphite frame and graphite side plates
  • 4 stainless steel ball bearings and one roller bearing for reliable operation and smooth retrieve
  • Power Disk system ensures silky-smooth drag through the entire drag range
  • MagTrax brake system delivers superior casting characteristics and accommodates a variety of lures
  • Compact bent handle and recessed reel foot provide an ergonomic grip
  • Low price – under $50
  • Excellent customer service – should you need it. They pretty much always send you a new reel.

Abu Garcia Black Max Baitcast Reel

I’m not a baitcaster guy but I have to say the Black Max is a really nice looking reel. The features and technology in this reel make it appealing not to mention the low price tag. I love the graphite body. I would definitely like to try one of these for bass and trout. I’m typically a spinning tackle guy but I may get one of these and match it with an Ugly Stik Elite rod.

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Daiwa Saltiga Rods and Reels – Why Buy?

Daiwa Saltiga rods and reels feature the latest technology….Zaion rotor, Mag Sealed, Mag Oil and Digigear.

So what are these technologies and why do you need/want them?

These are great questions. If you understand the technologies in the Saltiga line, you will appreciate the features and perhaps decide that they satisfy your needs.

Watch and enjoy this Daiwa Saltiga rod and reel feature video….FYI…it starts off a little slow so be patient, it does get pretty interesting.

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Braided Fishing Line – How It’s Made Video

Braided fishing line is very thin but extremely strong and it’s quite a process to make. It actually takes 17 days to process one spool of braided fishing line. I never knew that but did wonder why it’s expensive. Now I know.

Tuf Line Braided Fishing Line – How It’s Made video

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Mustad Fish Hooks – How It’s Made Video

Ever wonder how fish hooks are made?

…it’s quite an interesting process.

Mustad is one of the most well know fish hooks and parent of the Circle Hook design. Watch Mustad fish hooks go from steel wire to hardened and tested fish hooks ready for a 400 lb Hammerhead Shark. One is actually caught in the video. Mustad fish hooks are still made in the America.

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Penn Reels – How It’s Made Video

I love “How It’s Made” videos. It’s fascinating to see how products are manufactured from raw materials to finished product.

Penn reels are still made in the USA…since 1932.

Here is a “How It’s Made” video from Penn reels in Philadelphia, PA.

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Shark Fishing Tackle – Penn Slammer III and Carnage II Rod

Want to do some shark fishing on spinning tackle?

So what do you need?

  1. Penn Slammer III Spinning Reel  model 10500
  2. Penn Carnage II Spinning Rod
  3. Power Pro Braided Line 50-65 lb (800 yards)
  4. Some sharks

Watch blue shark fishing on spinning gear. It’s exciting as hell.


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Great Muskie Rod – Penn Squadron II

The Penn Squadron II fishing rod makes a great Muskie rod. The spinning model comes in 9 sizes from 4 lb to 20 lb. Just about any size you might need for trout, pike, muskie, redfish or bass. The blank is a graphite composite and awesome. It’s ultra sensitive yet has some serious backbone. The guides are very nice aluminum oxide. These rods are exceptional for under $50. You can’t beat them.

Watch an angler bring in some Tiger Muskies with the new Penn Squadron II spinning rod.

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Trout Spinning Rods – Penn Squadron II

Looking for an excellent trout spinning rod?

Take a look at the Penn Squadron II spinning rod. It’s designed for inshore fishing/shallow water fishing like trout, snook, bass and redfish.

Here is the Penn product video for the “new for 2017” Squadron II fishing rods.

 Penn Squadron II Fishing Rod Features

  • Cork or EVA full grip
  • Aluminum Oxide Guides
  • Graphite Composite Blank
  • Super lightweight
  • Ultra sensitive
  • 9 spinning rod models ( 4 lb to 20 lb)
  • 3 baitcasting models
  • Low retail price of $39.99 – $49.99
  • Designed for throwing live bait

The Penn Squadron II Inshore rods are a true bargain at under $50. It’s an incredibly light rod that will allow you to cast all day long without fatigue. The graphite composite blank is very sensitive enabling you to feel the slightest nibble. Penn has been making rods and reels since 1932 and are still going strong. I grew up with Penn and still love them today. They are well made, affordable with great customer service should you need it. You can’t go wrong with Penn.

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New 2018 Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reel

New for 2018…Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reel. The Stella spinning reel is the biggest and toughest saltwater spinning reel available and has battled Bluefin Tuna, Black Marlin and Great White sharks. It’s as tough as they get.

2018 Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reel Product Video


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