Baitcaster Reels

Baitcaster Reels aren’t what they used to be. I still use my old garcia reels, even though they have slow gear ratio and don’t cast very well. I bought 2 garcia silver max and got about 2 years out of them. Cleaning them doesn’t help, and they are so hard to work on it’s hardly worth the trouble. They are like disposable, use a year or 2 and then throw them away. I am trying different brands, but did buy a garcia revo last year that I like so far, but it doesn’t have the flippin feature like the silver max, which is what went out on them that affected the whole reel. I tried a nice lews, but after using it one day it isn’t smooth any more and has so much drag it is annoying, but it casts good, better than any reel I ever used. Now I am trying a quantum, I like their spinning reels. So far so good, but it’s not very smooth once it gets used and gets water inside from use. I hear the bass pro tournament series is good, I plan to try those, but I am afraid all reels under $150 are like disposable, too much plastic in them. I’m afraid to pay too much, they are just too hard to clean anymore.

So I would rate the garcia silver max a 3 out of 5, it is a good reel for a couple years.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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