Lightweight but tough

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abu garcia spinning reel for bass fishing

I’ve been a little let down by several high-end reels I’ve tested in recent years. Sure, they’re lightweight but they feel like they’ll break apart if you set the hook too hard. I feel like some manufacturers focus a little too much on weightlessness instead of durability and dependability. Personally speaking, if I’m spending over $300 on a fishing reel, it better be able to last me several years and thousands of hooksets and fish fights. That’s why it took me so long to publish this review; I had to make sure it could withstand the rigors of hardcore and frequent fishing.

Weighing in five percent lighter than the previous model, the Abu Garcia REVO MGX Spinning Reel is equipped with a C6 carbon rotor and a C6 carbon body that drastically reduces unwanted weight and seems to make a big difference on the water. No matter what finesse technique I’m using, I’ve been incredibly impressed by the comfort of this reel. The weightlessness also seems to help me with bite detection. For instance, if I’m fishing a wacky rig and the bite comes on slack line, I can feel the very instant that bass bites my worm.

While some super-light reels will feel a little “iffy” in your hands, you won’t have to worry about that at all with this particular reel. It will stand up to a lot of abuse which, in my opinion, makes it worth the investment.