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#12392631 - 08/19/17 03:55 PM Abu Garcia vs. Lew's
slipbobber Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/23/17
Posts: 18
Getting back into fishing and want to spend some good money on a reel.

I used to use Abu but I've heard a lot about Lew's.

Are these brands even comparable?

#12392679 - 08/19/17 04:44 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
Crankalot Offline

Registered: 06/01/12
Posts: 484
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Lew's all the way

#12392687 - 08/19/17 04:47 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
TCK73 Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 3902
Loc: Jack County
Yeah, they are comparable, and I have several each, but give the edge to Lews.

#12392699 - 08/19/17 04:53 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
slipbobber Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/23/17
Posts: 18
I don't really remember Lew's from when I used to fish a lot. But they seem pretty good. Whatever happened to the old green Shimanos? they still make them?

#12393019 - 08/19/17 08:45 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
bronco71 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1547
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
Shimano Curado, Chronarch, Metanium or if you prefer round reels Shimano Calcutta, Conquest.....I have a couple Lews that are smooth and cast great, just haven't had as much luck with them staying that way as I have had with Shimanos....

#12393438 - 08/20/17 09:15 AM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
Buckshotbuddy Offline

Registered: 03/05/17
Posts: 262
Lews reels abu rods

#12393456 - 08/20/17 09:36 AM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
lenahorse Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/11/12
Posts: 4093
Loc: Cash, Texas
Lews and TFO rods hard to beat
Fishing on Texoma

#12395061 - 08/21/17 03:00 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
AHS Fishing Offline

Registered: 03/29/14
Posts: 227
Loc: Athens, TX
Just about the same on the inside. Choose which one feels better in your hand!!
Jeff Jones
Athens High School Fishing Team Sponsor

#12399712 - 08/24/17 04:18 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
dk2429 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 632
Loc: Pearland, TX
Majek 22 Extreme/225 Optimax Pro XS
2006 Chevy 2500HD Silverado/6.6 Duramax LBZ

#12399826 - 08/24/17 05:23 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
blackhorse Offline

Registered: 05/13/08
Posts: 195
Loc: Morgan, Tx
don't think you can go wrong with Lews or Abu, I have both. Having said that I have Shimano Curado
that's great

#12405343 - 08/28/17 08:38 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
ko bass attack 27 Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/05/12
Posts: 9542
Loc: Fritch, Tx. - Alba, Tx.
I would take the Lew's over the Abu, but would take a Shimano over both.

#12407335 - 08/30/17 04:06 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
stringwise Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 263
I have been a pretty diehard Shimano fan for the past 15 years. No complaints with them but I have upgraded a lot of combos of late and opted for some of the Gen 3 Abu reels. I have several premiers, winches, SX's and a rocket. While Shimano may or may not hold up better, right out of the box I actually now prefer the Abu reels. I like how they adjust (I didn't at first coming from Shimano) and I really like the price/quality. I no have as many Abu reels as I do Shimano and I'm probably not buying another Shimano unless I get a steal. I have fished a few Lews and they seem fine too, just don't have a lot of experience with them.

#12416221 - 09/06/17 09:43 AM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
Bulletman99 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 513
Loc: South Texas
I've had them all and Lew's beats them in many areas. Shimano is nice but a little heavier and not as low profile being more comfortable to palm. A lot of folks fish with 3-4 reels and rarely clean and lube them, then wonder why they're having problems. This NOT to say that a reel(any brand) here and there won't require a repair. If you throw a crankbait 75% of the time, your crankbait reel won't last as long as others. Having many combos and regularly servicing them allows your reels to last a lifetime. For this and other reasons I keep 15+- reels in my boat and a few more in the rack at home, ALL but 2 are Lews. None have given me a bit trouble at all and I fish a lot!
Bullet 20XD
JSRE Modified Merc Promax

#12423436 - 09/11/17 11:46 PM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
jbobo Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3265
Loc: springtown,tx.
I have shimano Calcuttas, lews, and some abu's. The Calcuttas were the smoothest reels made at the time I got them. They are heavier and bulkier. Still loved them. When I went to Venezuela to fish for peacock bass, they told us not to bring them. Their words " they won't stand up and will strip out the gears. Bring abu's." Abu's are round and solid. Smooth enough and workhorses. Just bought some lews recently. Low profile, very smooth, and seem to hold up well. Just as smooth or more so as my Calcuttas. Lighter and easier to hold all day.

Edited by jbobo (09/11/17 11:48 PM)
22 ft. Wellcraft Deep V CC
Bridgeport/Eagle Mountain/Possum Kingdom/ Lake Texoma Home of the RonRig!

#12423764 - 09/12/17 10:19 AM Re: Abu Garcia vs. Lew's [Re: slipbobber]
03svtsnakevert Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 2679
Loc: Copperas Cove, TX
if you opened a lews and a abu you would see very similar internals...they are almost identical

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