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PostPosted: 13 May 2018, 19:34 
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Location: Parkersburg, WV
First, let me say, I am an idiot.
Left my old reliable Shimano Bantam 10XSG on the boat dock last week. Loved that simple reel. Really miss the rod as much as the reel.
I haven't purchased any hardware for many years. Have a couple of 5500C's, 6500, an old Diawa spinning rig that was handed down, etc. I always grabbed the Bantam when I went to the pond or river for a few hours of fishing.

Well, I had to replace and didn't want to spend much. Did some research and the Black Max kept coming up roses. Dunhams had the combo on sale and with a 20% coupon, walked out under 50 bucks. Not a world class rod, but it will do just fine for me.

I only knew bait casters with only the free spool adjustment and didn't even know a brake adjustment existed. Didn't even know what it was when I saw the dial. That shows how old school I am. Brought it home, read up on the adjustments, put a 1/4-3/8 weight on it, made a few casts, kept adjusting the brake, and WOW!, couldn't believe it. Threw it further than I am used to, and not a single backlash, err, I mean professional over run.(knock on wood).

Will know more when on the water under real conditions, but what a difference 30 years of technology makes.


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PostPosted: 13 May 2018, 21:48 
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Have 3 of them. 2 7' medium heavy and 1 6'6" medium. My main tournament rig with a 6'6" medium Abu spinner combo (orange Digi camo can't remember moxel). Damn good rigs for the money and great for the intramural tournament trail.



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PostPosted: 14 May 2018, 08:51 
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I was happy with my Abu Garcia Black Max baitcaster for a few years, but it has gone south fast on the 3rd year. Not made to last. I am actually needing to buy a new baitcast reel before bass season starts for me. To be fair I am pretty hard on my equipment and probably should have cleaned and lubed it more than I did.



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