Ultimate Angler’s Guide to Abu Garcia Fishing Reels

Abu Garcia fishing reels are well-known by a fishing hobbyist. They provide a huge selection of specialized tools for every aspiring or professional angler’s needs.

It has long been known that a fisherman is only as good as the tools he carries. It has also been a well-established fact that not all fish can be caught using the same equipment.

If you want to one-up that prize catch of the day and not tell the story of the one which got away, then best come prepared.

In this guide, we are going to cover a broad range of Abu Garcia fishing reels and discuss in detail the 3 P’s when selecting and finally purchasing the fishing reel most suited for your needs.

The 3 P’s are Price, Performance, Proficiency.

Abu Garcia Fishing Reels

What makes the Difference?

Abu Garcia is internationally known for the quality of their fishing equipment. This also holds true to the exquisite engineering and craftsmanship of their reels. Over the years and the acquisition of newer materials and technology they have improved their lineup and offering.

Different type of reels is classified and grouped according to the different roles they play and the mechanisms which make them work. The common ones include bait casters, spin casters, spinning, and conventional reels.

Each one works best in different situations or preferred fishing styles. To a beginner, they may look the same but to a pro they work differently and in some situations certain types are better than others. Abu Garcia knows this and it shows in the selection which we have showcased.

Baitcast Reels

The bait casters also knew as baitcasting reels are one of the many specialized Abu Garcia fishing reels sold across stores both online and local. They are distinguished from the other reels by the handle. The handle itself is a unique design and functional element. The purpose of which is to control line tension which isn’t unlike the other types of reels.

The reel itself can be turned clockwise and counter-clockwise as compared to just one general direction. The downside to this is that it requires attention and control to make sure the line is receiving enough tension to keep the fish while avoiding not putting too much which can cause the line to break.

This puts bait casters in the category of medium to high proficiency reels. The bait caster is further grouped into low profile and round.

Low Profile Reels

Abu Garcia fishing reels include a large assortment of low-profile reels which not only does their job right but also look fresh and sleek. Made from quality aluminum and stainless steel components these reels are not only lightweight they are also assured to last. The light weight of the reel is also designed to lessen hand and arm fatigue. In the following, we list some of the best low profile Abu Garcia fishing reels.


silver-max-lpPrice: $59.95

Performance: Mid-Range High Proficiency All-around Reel

Proficiency: High

The latest generation of the Silver Max bait cast reel lineup incorporates an updated styling coupled with advanced ergonomics. Notable key features include a new Rocket clutch mechanism that gives anglers the ability to engage and disengage the spool using one hand. The new feature eliminates the constant need to turn the handle for engagement, is really perfect for pitching, using flipping or back trolling techniques.


pro-max-low-profile Price: $79.95

Performance: New Generation High-Tech Reel

Proficiency: High

Innovative design is taken from the Orra® and Revo® lineups. This reel delivers a first-rate performance inside an exceptionally smooth package. It includes an externally adjustable casting brake to ensure efficient casting control while also sporting a 7+1 stainless steel bearing system for remarkable smooth retrieves. It is lightweight and compact which can take a serious beating day in and day out.


abu-garcia-black-max-low-profilePrice: $49.95

Performance: Economically Priced Quality and Reliability

Proficiency: High

The Black Max low profile baitcasting reel delivers its class-leading performance inside a compact and very lightweight design. It is one of the new generation of Max reels which incorporates both style and a proven value and reliability expected of the series and of Abu Garcia fishing reels.


Price: $249.95 

Performance: Optimum Grade Inshore & Saltwater Reel

Proficiency: High

Specially designed for the inshore angler, the Revo® Inshore low profile baitcasting reel features many improvements such as an improved frame for added corrosion protection and high-performance corrosion-resistant bearings which provide maximum protection under the harshest of saltwater conditions. The Revo Inshore fishing reel not only provides improved grip for added comfort but also has a dual anti-reverse system to give you additional support for those high-pressure situations when fighting those inshore giants.

Round Reels

Round reels are more bulky and heavier than the low profile reel and are aptly named after its barrel shape. The round reels are mostly recommended for medium proficiency and practicing anglers as the weight offers more stability to the rod and is much easier to control the line tension. We’ve list some of the best around Abu Garcia fishing reels below.



Price: $179.95

Performance: Best Seller, Best Quality, Best Round Reel

Proficiency: Medium

The Ambassadeur® CS Pro Rocket round baitcasting reel is touted by Abu Garcia as their “international best seller”. It is known for its casting ability which also features a synchronized level wind system for laying even lines. The reel also includes a Carbon Matrix Drag system which is known for its durability and strength as a drag system. The CS Pro Rocket also has an extended bend handle which is equipped with a power knob which increases torque and efficient power stability. Made from durable components provides you with the assurance of extended gear life with a corrosion resistant instant anti-reverse bearing ensures dependability for years to come.

Abu Garcia® AMBASSADEUR® S ROUND REELabu-garcia-black-max-low-profile

ambs6500Price: $59.99 – $69.99

Performance: Ambidextrous Power Mid-Range Reel

Proficiency: Medium

One of the few reels to have both left-hand and right-hand models available. It is known for being valued for power and performance. The Ambassadeur S round bait cast reel is equipped with 2 stainless steel ball bearings for smoother operation, able to withstand about 12.5 pounds of drag pressure,  and a 4 pin centrifugal brake makes it perfect for a variety of situations. In addition, it is ergonomically designed for all-day comfort.


stx-round-reelPrice: $99.95

Performance: Ambidextrous Versatile Mid-range Reel

Proficiency: Medium

The Ambassadeur STX round reel is engineered using a 4 + 1 stainless steel bearing system, equipped with a powerful multi disk drag, and comes with a compact bent handle and star. It is by far the middle child of the round bait casters offering both affordability and quality components. The Ambassadeur STX is perfect for taking on a variety of fish species and utilizing different kinds of techniques. It is also available in left and right-hand models.


special-catfish-roundspecial-catfish-roundPrice: $149.95

Performance: Excellent Catfish Catcher

Proficiency: High

One of the few specialty Abu Garcia fishing reels optimally designed on tackling the ever tricky catfish. It was initially born from the C3 round reel platform series. The Ambassadeur Catfish Special packaged with proven components designed specifically for catfish fishing. It performs very well against the elusive prey with a 3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing system and offers a smooth and consistent drag system. It uses a 6 pin centrifugal brake system to deliver a controlled cast while the also having an extended bent handle equipped with a power knob to give additional torque and power for hard pulling fish. It’s synchronized level wind system also ensures there is an even line lay and smooth retrieve.

Spinning Reels

Spinner reels also called spin casters or spinners is a type of reel designed using a spinning spool system. It is easily distinguished by a U-shaped piece of metal found just outside the line roller or barrel which is called a bail.

It is a well-known alternative to baitcasting reels for anglers who have not yet mastered the intricacies of bait casting techniques or simply those who seek a challenge. This puts spinning reels within medium proficiency as certain problems tend to be common in spinning reels if they are not handled properly.

In the following list, we reviewed some of the best spinning reels Abu Garcia has to offer.


abu-garcia-fishing-reels-revo-premier-spinning-reelPrice: $249.95

Performance: Light-weight High-Range Versatile Spin Reel

Proficiency: Medium

The Revo® Premier is one of the specially engineered Abu Garcia fishing reels which really gives an ultra-smooth experience and performance. In order to reduce weight the spinning reel uses, high-end components included in its body design, stem, rotor, handle, and knob. It also features a Carbon Matrix drag system which ensures smooth and efficient drag pressure and added extreme durability. It’s maximized for casting efficiency by using the Rocket Line management system that improves casting distance while reducing wind knots.


orra-sPrice: $69.95

Performance: Modern Mid-Range Stability Reel

Proficiency: Medium

The Orra® S spinning reel has a really sleek and modern reel design with the added performance in one reel. It has an aluminum reinforced carbon body which is designed to seamlessly combine with the gearbox. The reel has a lightweight body that houses perfectly aligned gears equipped with increased corrosion protection, smooth, and consistent operation mechanisms. It also features a new Rocket line management system which provides better casting control. It has also had an excellent bail system for improved durability while the Carbon Matrix hybrid drag system provides for an optimum super smooth drag performance.


Abu Garcia Fishing Reels Cardinal SXPrice: $39.99

Performance: Efficient Low-cost Freshwater Starter

Proficiency: Medium

The Cardinal® SX is suited for freshwater fishing. It is the result when performance meets cutting edge spinning reel design. The reel features a five bearings system with an additional instant anti- reverse bearing system for better control. The Everlast bail system gives the Cardinal S improved durability and added strength. Overall it is lightweight with a graphite frame which will not feel heavy or weigh you down. The Stealth Oscillation system also allows for even line lay on the spool which helps in preventing the line from tangling.


sx-spinningsx-spinningPrice: $159.95

Performance: Heavy Duty Quality Reel

Proficiency: Medium

The Revo® SX spinning reel is a cutting edge design innovation which brings fishing to the next level. It heavily utilizes an Insert Molded C6 carbon body design which incorporates a one piece aluminum gear box. It is the latest of the Revo series. The Revo SX is lighter than its predecessors while still maintaining excellent rigidity, improved gears, and outstanding durability it is probably one of the best Abu Garcia fishing reels when it comes to quality.

Spincast Reels

Spincast Reels also known as spin casters uses the same reeling principle with the spinning reels. The only difference is with the casting and design. Spincast reels do not offer the same casting flexibility as compared to spinning reels. This, however, makes it much easier to control and is generally more stable. The only downside is the lack of free control with casting and retrieval.

It is generally recommended for beginners as it is fairly easy to use. The components are not that complicated. Maintenance and adjustments are easy to do. It is also a fairly low-cost reel which makes it a good starter reel for any aspiring angler to practice and develop their skills.

Abu Garcia® ABUMATIC® 170 SPINCASTabumatic-170


Price: $49.99

Performance: Traditional Look Modern Hybrid Reel

Proficiency: Low

Considered as one of the hallmarks of the all new Automatic spin cast reel family. It is an infusion of traditional dependability of the spin cast reel mixed with modern engineering. The drag is controlled using the 170 or the Carbon Matrix drag system. It has an aluminum diecast for the front cone with a machined body which is engineered to be durable even in high-stress situations. In addition, it has an oscillating far cast spool which creates an easy-to-use, no-twist line system which comes pre-spooled with a 12 lb. Berkley Trilene XL monofilament fishing line.



Price: $29.99

Performance: Great Price Great Value

Proficiency: Low

Modern design integrated with advancements in spin cast fishing reel technology make the Abumatic SX spin cast reel stand out from the competition. Constructed with a graphite frame with a stainless steel front cone. Assembled with a numberless casting system challenges the traditional spin cast design. This equates to an increase in casting efficiency with a reduction in line wear. It comes pre-spooled with Berkley Trilene XL monofilament fishing line.



Price: $19.99 – $24.99

Performance: Economic Starter Reel

Proficiency: Low

The Abumatic S is a combination of bold cosmetics with modern design to deliver the ultimate value to its users. In addition to having a 2 bearing system. the reel features a graphite frame with a stainless steel front cone. It possesses an ergonomic push button which helps deliver a smooth casting performance. Just like any Abu Garcia spin cast reel, it is pre-spooled with Berkley Trilene XL monofilament line.


abumatic-stxPrice: $39.99

Performance: Versatile Starter Reel

Proficiency: Low

Engineered to outperform the competition just like any Abu Garcia fishing reels in the market. The Abumatic STX platform takes standard spin cast reel design to the next level. It uses a snuberless casting system to increase casting efficiency and reduce the line from wearing down. It has a 4 bearing system to ensure it operates smoothly and efficiently. It also includes upgrades such as a QuadCam engagement mechanism that results in faster line engagement upon the retrieval. It is made with an aluminum frame and cone which gives the STX’s a modern sleek design. It also comes pre-spooled with Berkley Trilene XL monofilament fishing line.

Conventional Reels

One of the most common uses of conventional reels is for inshore and offshore fishing. The mechanisms involved makes it different from the other reels in that they are built for speed. Unlike most traditional reel designs, conventional reels are geared with more mobile components.

They also look like a cross between a standard bait caster round reel with the handle of a spin caster reel. The Abu Garcia fishing reels portfolio includes one of the best conventional reels in the market.

In the following list, we reviewed one of their conventional reel.



Price: $99.95

Performance: Highly Economic Deeply Ergonomic Choice

Proficiency: Medium – High

In addition to having a mechanical line counter that displays the amount of line out. The Alphamar LC Syncro conventional reel also incorporates a highly adjustable Syncro drag system which can be done by cranking the handle 1/3 of a turn within a counterclockwise motion which results in a 50% decrease in drag pressure. The reel is probably best suited for professional anglers and seasoned offshore fishers as this is definitely one of the best toys for the big boys.

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**The prices stated in this guide are the posted prices without any special promotions which are still subject to change from the time of publication.

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