good reel but lacks durability
I have owned this reel for about three years and it has performed good until the last few trips. The Reel seems to be making some odd noies under load and is not as smooth as it once was, the drag button also feels funny. It needs to be repaired but I am afraid it would cost more than the reel is worth. I take good care of my equipment so it is disappointing to have problems this soon.
January 30, 2013
Big Time Spincast
We have several of these that we use at a powerplant lake. 4-6 lb. largemouth bass are very common, some even bigger. We(my adult son and I) have never missed a fish with these reels. We keep them filled with 12 lb. mono Trilene XL or 12 lb. Trilene Big Game and well oiled and they work great and have used them several trips to this lake.
January 30, 2013
For the last 4 years, I've bought my wife one of Garcia's reels including this one. Doesn't matter which one or how expensive, Each was good for one year only.I found a shop to rebuild them, but the cost was as much as the reels. Last year, I bought her a Zebco Omega. Still going strong as new, & she uses it almost daily. What happened to the Garcis quality?
June 5, 2012
My Wife's Favorite Reel
My wife uses this reel on our frequent hybrid bass fishing trips. She has no problem casting it and the drag holds up well to the powerful runs common with these fish. I spend less time messing with gear and more time fishing and both of us enjoy the trip. I have a bucket with several Johnson's and Zebcos in various states of repair/disrepair. I plan on dumping them in the trash and buying 1 or 2 more Abumatics.
A good reel at a good price.
May 22, 2012