Abu Garcia's Revo SX Fishing Reel ReviewAbu Garcia's Revo SX Fishing Reel Review Far casting and smooth operating, Abu Garcia’s Revo SX is an impressive reel.
By Kent Smith
Fresh from the box, Abu Garcia’s Revo SX is one handsome low-profile baitcasting reel. It only weighs 7.8 ounces, making it feel almost weightless when mounted on a rod. It’s comfortable in the palm of your hand during casts and retrieves. And it works smoothly, as you’d expect any new reel to do.
I recently tested a Revo SX that sported a 7.3:1 gear ratio, which brings in about 30 inches of line with each complete turn of the handle. Abu Garcia also offers the reel with a 6.6:1 gear ratio.
In many of my Bassresource.com forum postings that discuss reel drag, I’ve recommended a setting between 3 and 4 pounds, depending on the action and power of the rod being used. However, I know many bass anglers like to “crank ‘em down,” and you certainly have the chance to do that with this reel. Its drag can provide as much as a whopping 24 pounds of stopping force! You’ll need a rod with the action of a broomstick if you select that setting.
I spooled my Revo SX with 30-pound test FireLine Ultra 8, a new offering from Berkley, whose diameter is the same as 12-pound test monofilament. That means there is room for about 145 yards of it on the reel. I mounted it to a GLoomis GLX BCR854. I exclusively use this fast action and powerful 7-foot 1-inch casting rod for pitching jigs and weighted soft-plastic lures.
The first lures I tried were a ½-ounce jig and a Strike King Structure Bug, a soft-plastic creature-style lure. But before I started fishing, I wanted to see how far the Revo SX could cast. As you know, a jig is a very aerodynamic lure, so the first cast was a monster. You don’t always need maximum distance, but it was nice to know you have that capability.
Overall, my Revo SX performed flawlessly. Pickwick Lake produced a couple of nice bass, which gave me a taste of how the reel’s drag felt. I was impressed, and I think you will be, too.
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