I am thinking about buying another baitcaster. This time I was thinking of going with Abu Garcia Black Maxx. One of the reasons is because it isn’t that much money, and I’ve actually heard good things about it. Any Suggestions? And also I am fairly new to baitcasting, and I dont really understand the gear ratios, and what they mean or are used for. Anyone that knows more then me (which is many) could you please fill me in on this?
Black Maxxes are good cheap reels. I don’t like magnetic cast control myself and prefer centrifugal but it is still a good reel. I’d recommend a reel with centrifugal brakes over magnetic. You can cast further, if properly setup, with a centrifugal reel than a magnetic. Magnetic cast control is really used to shorten casting distance. Both systems have their pros and cons. Magnetic is great for target casting while beating the bank as it allows you to shorten your cast to prevent overcasting. It can also effectively turn wind “off” if that wind is to your back.
As mentioned earlier, the gear ratios are about how much line the reel brings in per turn of the handle. The larger the ratio, the greater the amount of line brought in per turn. 6.4.:1 or thereabouts is a good medium ratio to start with.