Rod and reel combos are all the rage in the US as anglers dipping into the sport for the first time make these competitively-priced packages their set-up of choice.
Abu Garcia’s reengineering of its Max range seems perfectly timed. The brand’s new Max Pro, STX and X low profile baitcasters and combos are pitched at attainable price points while retaining that Abu Garcia quality. Features include a custom-designed reel seat with polymer comfort grip, seven steel ball bearings, a machined, double anodised aluminium spool that provides strength without adding weight and a 24-ton graphite construction for extreme sensitivity.
The three models also include a power disk drag system, MagTrax braking and graphite frame and side plates. Rods are available in 7ft or 6ft 6ins lengths and in medium or medium heavy.
“We’ve upgraded our most popular line of reels and combos with top-dollar components and modern aesthetics,” says the manufacturer. “We believe a better reel shouldn’t break the bank. The revamped Max series means you don’t have to forfeit performance for price.”