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Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels

Right-hand model (BMAX) features flipping switch Swedish engineered, low-profile Dependable, tough and ultra-smooth Four ball bearings plus one instant anti-reverse roller bearing MagTrax™ brake system Duragear™ brass gears Cam lock ADS (anti-distortion) waffle spool Powerful disc drag system Abu Garcia's Black Max Series Baitcast Reels offer the type of dependable performance and toughness that one would normally expect to only find in a reel costing two to three times more. Whipping up on the big boys is what these Black Max Series Baitcast Reels are all about, and Abu Garcia didn't cut any corners with these Swedish engineered Black Max low-profile reels. Designed with four ball bearings plus one instant anti-reverse roller bearing, MagTrax™ brake system, Duragear™ brass gears, cam lock, ADS (anti-distortion) waffle spool, 6.2:1 high-speed retrieve and a powerful disc drag system. Put your trust in the lightweight Black Max Series Baitcast Reels and you won’t be disappointed or overmatched!
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Questions & Answers for Abu Garcia Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels

Question

8 & 10 lb. line capacity???

asked 5 years, 2 months ago
by
YRRAL
 - FLORIDA
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Black max holds 160 yards of 12 lb mono so i would imagine it could hold about 170 yards of 10 lb test and maybe about 180 yards 8lb
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
Shimano1
 - Georgia
answer 2
Kind of late but here's a tip for figuring out line capacity. (pass it on). use a calculator, take your line capacity X's line diameter in inches. (160yards X .12 (12 lb mono) =19.2) and you get a number, this time it's 19.2 but it will change with different spool sizes. then take that number and divide it by braid diameter. (19.2 / .08 ( braid the same dia. as 8 lb mono) = 240 yards. It works with any line.
160 x .12=19.2 .... 19.2 / .08=240 yards of 8 lb test
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Oldschooloutdoors
answer 3
12 lb test for 160 yrds
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
by
bmelton956
 - Stockton,CA
answer 4
14#florocarbon to 20 # florocarbon is the best option
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 5
get 10 or braid i love braid at 20 lb
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
by
SuperZ
 - MISSION VIEJO, CA
answer 6
8lb - Almost 200 Yards; 10lb - 180 Yards
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
by
RNGBTS2005
 - South Carolina
Question

Does the Black Max come in a lefthand version ?

asked 5 years, 1 month ago
by
Petecajun
 - Belgium
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
kjpwnsuall15
 - Grand Rapids, MI
answer 2
yes, the black max comes in a left handed version
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
Shimano1
 - Georgia
answer 3
Dont know but sure would be a good reason to look elsewhere because the right handed version is a piece of Junk!! Dont think the lefty version will be any better
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
skyblaster
answer 4
yes i have the left handed version
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 5
Yes it does, i just got one.
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answered 5 years, 1 month ago
by
2shots2bucks
 - il
answer 6
Yes, it does.
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answered 5 years, 1 month ago
by
fshrmn
 - ny
Question

What is this reel best suited for fishing? lure wize? (Bass fishing)

asked 5 years ago
by
BassBoy13
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
this reel is very versatile. i have used it with poppers, cranks, floating lures, texas rigged senkos, and spinnerbaits. Poppers have caught the most fish for me on this reel.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
Shimano1
 - Georgia
answer 2
Buzzbait!! So you cant hear the whine in your reel. Dont hear it?? Just wait if it lasts that long!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
skyblaster
answer 3
I think these reels do awesome with somewhat lite baits like frogs i really like these reels.
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answered 3 years, 11 months ago
by
Collinc95
 - Marion IL
answer 4
promaxx because it can handle soft plastics to frogs
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 5
I have two of these reels and the best lure i find casting wise is a spinner or a buzzbaut! it does good with other stuff to like plastics swim baits and forgs ETC.
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answered 4 years, 10 months ago
by
bigfish1995
 - Council Bluffs IA.
answer 6
I can cast just about anything from a tiny, light luckycraft pointer or a big castaic swimbait. hope this helps
answered 5 years ago
by
blackraven
 - Herndon, VA
Question

on this reel you reel with your right hand. Do any come that are left handed of this product?

asked 4 years, 10 months ago
by
heavybass
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
ya thats the one i use
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
by
bigdaddyfishing
 - sedgwick arkansas
answer 2
Yes, this comes in a left handed model.
Mine are left handed.
answered 4 years ago
by
Nickledimed
 - NW Arkansas
answer 3
yea, this comes in a left hand option, i personally am a lefty, and so i use the right handed model, but yea it does come in a lefty
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
by
gatorfisher1
 - Gainesville, Florida
answer 4
yes because my black maxx is left handed
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answered 4 years, 3 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 5
Of course this reel comes in a lefthand version-- I own it. I'm right handed and use lefty reels; feels more comfortable to me, especially when switching off between baitcast and a light spinning reel setup.

In the bass pro website click on the view details/add to cart button and it will show you the different options for all their products.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
by
JS80
answer 6
I only use abu garcia brand and have not seen a lefty. however I myself am left handed and with the abu garcia have no problem using right handed.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
by
citedpanic
 - Wichita, Kansas
Question

What exactly does the gear ratio numbers mean?

Example 6.2:1
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
by
DougO
 - Black Lake
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
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answer 1
It means that the spool turns 6.2 times for every 1 time the handle makes a complete turn. For instance a 7.2:1 reels faster than a 5.0:1
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
BrandonWestPoint
 - West Point Lake
answer 2
For every turn of the handle the spool turns 6.2 times
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
by
binbong
 - kansas
answer 3
For ever 1 revelution you turn the handle, the spool turns 6.2 times.
answered 4 years ago
by
Nickledimed
 - NW Arkansas
answer 4
how fast you can retrieve a bait
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answered 4 years, 3 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 5
The gear ratio on a fishing reel determines how many times the spool spins for each crank of the handle. For example, the spool on a 7:1 reel will spin 7 times for each crank of the handle. Most baitcast reels are geared between 5:1 and 7:1. A 7:1 is best for baits that need to be retrieved fast like a buzzbait. A 5:1 gives you the best mechanical advantage for pulling baits that put up a lot of resistance in the water like a crankbait or spinnerbait or to clear snags. The 6:1 is an intermediate ratio: best if you need something that can do it all.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
by
JS80
answer 6
It represents the amount of spool turns for one handle turn.
Ex.-
6.2 is how many times the spool turns.
:1 is how many times the handle turns.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
by
bassmember
 - Waxhaw, NC
Question

How well does it handle light 1/4oz baits

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
UltraLightBass
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
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answer 1
It cant handle anything big or small!!
Too small Backlash!! Too big...It breaks!!
Junk!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
skyblaster
answer 2
This reel handles them with no problems. My son has also used 1/8th oz. weights and hasn't had a problem.
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answered 3 years, 9 months ago
by
BigBass759
 - New Bedford Ma
answer 3
Depending on the rod, the reel will handle 1/4 oz. lures quite well. I belive Bass lures 1/2 oz. and larger, up to 3/4 oz. as being more ideal for classic casting. The1/4 oz. is more a lure desined for spinning tackle. This is a very personal oinion
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
by
NYBassman62
 - Rochester, NY
answer 4
If you are experianced with it, it should do fine. I would start out throwing at least a 1/2oz for practice and figuring out the reel.
I can cast a small ret trap pretty well with it now.
answered 4 years ago
by
Nickledimed
 - NW Arkansas
answer 5
my reel doesn't cast as well for light bait s under three eighths oz.
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answered 4 years, 3 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 6
Used mine fishing bfl's. primarily on the Ohio river and its subs. used alot of light jigs even 1/8oz. alot of small buzz baiits. You will need to adjust your brakes if you change weights
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
by
bassnron
 - ohio
Question

Problems with the silver max....

Mine made that whizzing sound periodically that someone else described but now a few times during my retrieve the anti-reverse will completely stop working.....turning hooksets into backlashes.... Can anyone tell me the problem?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
by
Metalfishin67
 - Cookeville, tn
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Mine too!! Its a piece of junk!! Thats whats wrong with it!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
skyblaster
answer 2
If you have an alternative rod and reel put the reel away for a while and if you are using a long rod change it. I know it sounds crazy but this reel is selfcorrecting
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
by
Nolan123
 - Schenectady New York
answer 3
Other than a faulty real the only 2 things that it can be is that the break is not turned up and the drag isnt set properly.
answered 4 years ago
by
Nickledimed
 - NW Arkansas
answer 4
you need to oil the reel andd tighten up the frame
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
by
catfisherman1
 - Papillion NE
answer 5
it honestly could just need oiled, a buddy of mine, NEVER oiled and cleaned his reels, and they continuiously stop working on him, i took his reels, ioled and cleaned them, and he hasnt had the problems since then, i would say if you havent oiled and cleaned it, to try that first
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
by
gatorfisher1
 - Gainesville, Florida
answer 6
I have two of these reels, one i have had for a year and a half and one for only a few months and both of them have done it as well as a gander mtn reel all in the same time period. What im thinking is the anti reverse is winding down and letting it free spool
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
by
kastmastermaster
 - guntersville lake
Question

What's the very best low-profile baitcast reel for the price? I want one costing under 40 dollars.

asked 3 years, 3 months ago
by
lurecollector
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is it !!!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Stormymiss
 - South Fla
answer 2
try the abu garcia black max or silver max i recomend the type with a flipping switch they perform 2 rolls in one and they run a little more than 40.00 but are worth every dime.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
hollis
 - Portland TN
answer 3
LOL Good luck go buy a good used one.
Shakespear maybe
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
skyblaster
answer 4
Spend the extra 10 dollars on the black max. It is the absolute best reel for the price.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
BrandonWestPoint
 - West Point Lake
answer 5
this is a great one but i recomend the bionic plus
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answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
bassmaniack
 - russellville AR
answer 6
Bass Proshops megacast reel for $39.99, but for $49.99 you can get an abu garcia black max, which is a great reel.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
joshyboyz22
 - Canada, Ontario
Question

I'm new to the baitcasting what is the silver switch on top for?

asked 3 years, 2 months ago
by
BigDogg007
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It is the flipping switch use it to flip and pitch jigs to tight cover. just make sure you switch it back to off when baitcasting
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
hollis
 - Portland TN
answer 2
Flipping/Pitching
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Sharkin408
 - San Jose, CA
answer 3
its so when the switch is flipped the button wont stay pushed down when its off the button stays down until you start to reel i use it for flipping and pitching
answered 3 years ago
by
TheBassExpert
 - West Coast Of Central Florida
answer 4
Its for flipping. Push it down and it causes the trigger to stay down allowing it to be like a normal casting reel.
answered 3 years ago
by
Jake5515
 - Athens, Georgia
answer 5
so you can see it in the water after you get mad at it and throw it in!!
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answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
skyblaster
answer 6
I think you might be talking about the flipping switch. Try using that to flip a jig and pork up under a dock, or into some lilly pads. I prefer a longer pole for this. Don't use it that much myeslf. Somefolks swear by it.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
HillsHiker
 - Manchester, TN
Question

Do the guides still even out the line , or move from side to side when you hold the rod tip low?

I have a Shakespeare Xterra baitcasting combo and the guides will let my line buildup on one side of th reel.
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
by
lizardfisherman
 - Goldsboro,NC
on Abu Garcia® Black Max™ Series Baitcast Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've used my black max for a few months now and i haven't have that problem. the line spreads out evenly on the spool. I fish about 15-20 times a month and the reel is still in great condition.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
Shimano1
 - Georgia
answer 2
Yes the line lays evenly on this reel when you hold the rod tip low. I own a black max however and I do not recommend buying one. Casting distance is poor and one of the bearings went bad after less than half a season of use.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
by
Flegel
 - Michigan
answer 3
I've never had a problem with the line laying poorly because of a rod, it's always the reel. I did have a problem with the plastic nut on the level wind breaking on this Black Max reel, though, but Purefishing CS was great and sent me a new one right away.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
by
JS80
answer 4
Your problem is the reel not the rod alot of the skhakesphere reel do that because they anrent the best quality and the line guide breaks really easiliy and gets stuck
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answered 4 years, 10 months ago
by
bigfish1995
 - Council Bluffs IA.
answer 5
This reel will even out the line nicely on my uglystick and a berkley lightning. however, I did try it on an Xterra rod once and that was the only time i actually had a problem with it building up more on one side. because of this, I think that the rod is the one which makes it build up on one side.
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answered 5 years, 1 month ago
by
monstercatcher
 - Southeastern PA
answer 6
I haven't noticed any change in how I hold my rod relative to how it builds up, but I can tell you that this reel lays the line down really evenly on the spool always and I've never had problems with uneven line.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
by
Bassmacker
 - Texas
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