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#12263827 - 05/26/17 08:11 AM Catmaxx reel
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3938
Loc: saginaw,tx
All of my setups are Abu 6500c3's but I was at bass pro shops yesterday and saw this reel was on sale from $69.99 down to $52.99. I've heard good things about them so for the price I thought I'd give one a try. If you are on a budget and quite can't afford an Abu then this could be an option for you, just thought I'd throw it out there.
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#12263926 - 05/26/17 08:53 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
J Lowe Offline
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Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 502
Loc: Merkel
If they're anything like the older versions, they sure are a quality reel! I've had a couple that were neglected and used frequently for over 4 years, and they just kept on going strong! My Abu's don't like that kind of treatment. Sadly, all my gear got stolen. I still miss those things.

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#12264041 - 05/26/17 09:41 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
Juggnblues Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
Posts: 134
Loc: Keller
Do those reels have a bait clicker?

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#12264118 - 05/26/17 10:25 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
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Loc: saginaw,tx
They do have a bait clicker, they are not as loud as an Abu but still loud enough to get your attention. The location of the clicker button is not in the best location as it is on the left side almost underneath.

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#12264260 - 05/26/17 11:53 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
Nickbyrd Offline
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Registered: 06/15/16
Posts: 1523
Loc: Alvarado tx
Pro cat makes one two much similar little cheaper

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#12264336 - 05/26/17 12:35 PM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
J Lowe Offline
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Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 502
Loc: Merkel
The Academy brand? It's nowhere near the same other than they're both round.

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#12264734 - 05/26/17 04:25 PM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
Juggnblues Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
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Loc: Keller
Thanks mjmetro0719

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#12265112 - 05/26/17 09:05 PM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: J Lowe]
SARG Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
Correct!
Im burnt out on my Abu's continued failures
The more you rebuild them the faster they burn out it seems
Yes Ive dumped the coin for the ceramic rebuilds(cost more then the reels) and they are getting shaky inside 3 seasons
Yes Sir . . . . . . Im looking hard at these CatMaxx
FWIW . . . . the Penn reels arent doing any better then the Abu's for the money
OF Coarse opinions will vary but I wear all my stuff out before I die generally

Originally Posted By: J Lowe
The Academy brand? It's nowhere near the same other than they're both round.

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#12265383 - 05/27/17 07:46 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1613
Loc: Euless
I have one and it is a good strong reel. The problem is that you can't cast it very far unless you have a really long rod and some heavy heavy weight. Best use is for drifting/trolling.
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#12265435 - 05/27/17 08:43 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: Muzzlebrake]
J Lowe Offline
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Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 502
Loc: Merkel
Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
I have one and it is a good strong reel. The problem is that you can't cast it very far unless you have a really long rod and some heavy heavy weight. Best use is for drifting/trolling.


Have you tried adjusting the brakes? They're just underneath the right side cover. If I remember correctly, I pulled all of those plastic sliders off of mine, so basically no brakes, and those things would sling some lead. If you still want some braking action, slide those plastic caps inwards.

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#12265439 - 05/27/17 08:46 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: SARG]
J Lowe Offline
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Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 502
Loc: Merkel
Originally Posted By: Sarg
Correct!
Im burnt out on my Abu's continued failures
The more you rebuild them the faster they burn out it seems
Yes Ive dumped the coin for the ceramic rebuilds(cost more then the reels) and they are getting shaky inside 3 seasons
Yes Sir . . . . . . Im looking hard at these CatMaxx
FWIW . . . . the Penn reels arent doing any better then the Abu's for the money
OF Coarse opinions will vary but I wear all my stuff out before I die generally

Originally Posted By: J Lowe
The Academy brand? It's nowhere near the same other than they're both round.


Yea I know the quality has for sure gone down compared to the previous Abu's. I think I'm going to give Shimano reels a chance next time I'm in the market.

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#12265641 - 05/27/17 12:15 PM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: J Lowe]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1613
Loc: Euless
Originally Posted By: J Lowe
Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
I have one and it is a good strong reel. The problem is that you can't cast it very far unless you have a really long rod and some heavy heavy weight. Best use is for drifting/trolling.


Have you tried adjusting the brakes? They're just underneath the right side cover. If I remember correctly, I pulled all of those plastic sliders off of mine, so basically no brakes, and those things would sling some lead. If you still want some braking action, slide those plastic caps inwards.


I'll have to look into that. All I have done is loosen the spool tension knob under the handle to the point it almost came off and it still don't cast very far with 2 oz weight, 65lb braid on a 7.5' Ugly Stik.


Edited by Muzzlebrake (05/27/17 12:15 PM)
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#12265689 - 05/27/17 01:21 PM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: Muzzlebrake]
SARG Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
That rod is alot of your problem,decent pole but they cast like slop
Rhino rods are the same way
2oz on a PA flehan bolt bolt

Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
Originally Posted By: J Lowe
Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
I have one and it is a good strong reel. The problem is that you can't cast it very far unless you have a really long rod and some heavy heavy weight. Best use is for drifting/trolling.


Have you tried adjusting the brakes? They're just underneath the right side cover. If I remember correctly, I pulled all of those plastic sliders off of mine, so basically no brakes, and those things would sling some lead. If you still want some braking action, slide those plastic caps inwards.


I'll have to look into that. All I have done is loosen the spool tension knob under the handle to the point it almost came off and it still don't cast very far with 2 oz weight, 65lb braid on a 7.5' Ugly Stik.

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#12267682 - 05/29/17 09:15 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
Capt. Michael Littlejohn Offline
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Registered: 02/04/04
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Loc: Lake Tawakoni, Tx
We didn't have good luck with ours
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#12267703 - 05/29/17 09:32 AM Re: Catmaxx reel [Re: mjmetro0719]
big10 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/06
Posts: 2781
Loc: Temple, Texas
I got one about 4 month ago. Was a nice reel out of the box and I could really sling a 2 oz lead with it.. 4 months later I'm having problems with the thumbar. Haven't taken time to look into it yet, but if it can't last more than 4 months without a problem, it's not for me.
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