Abu Garcia Pro Max Baitcaster Review – Bulletproof [2021]

Abu Garcia are one of the premier reel manufacturers and the Abu Garcia Pro Max Baitcaster is no exception. This reel is very durable, made from a graphite frame and graphite sideplates. It also has stainless steel ball bearings that gives it great corrosion resistance.

The bent handle and recessed reel front also make it very comfortable for a long day of casting. The baitcasting design and high gear ratio gives it a high retrieval rate and at only 7.3 ounces, it is light enough to cast all day.

The Pro Max is also available in a spinning design if you don’t want the baitcasting model. 

They are currently up to the Pro Max 3 model which is an improvement upon the older 2 version.

No matter what species you target from bass fishing to trout fishing, the Pro Max is certainly worth your consideration. It is one of best budget reels on the market.

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Abu Garcia Pro Max Features

  • Power Disk™ drag system gives smooth drag performance
  • Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
  • 7 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
  • Durable machined double anodized aluminum spool
  • MaxTrax™ brake system for supreme speed and casting control
  • Compact bent handle and star
  • Comfortable design with recessed reel front
  • One piece graphite frame
  • Graphite sideplates

Durability and Corrosion Resistance

The materials of construction for the Pro Max are designed to handle all weather conditions and saltwater environments – no matter whether heavy rain, brackish water, or full ocean saltwater.

The Pro Max is made from a one piece graphite frame and graphite sideplates to protect it from bumps and drops. The gear is brass to give it a longer life. The ball bearings are stainless steel. The spool is made from double anodized aluminum spool.

All of this high quality materials means that the Pro Max is very resistant to corrosion and will last for years to come. At this price range it is a remarkably well made reel.

The weight of this reel is 7.3 ounces, which is middle of the road, but certainly light enough to cast with for extended periods without getting a sore arm.

Comfortable, Ergonomic Design

The Pro Max has an extremely low profile design, which makes it more comfortable to grip onto the rod and reel combo when setting the hook. The Pro Max is available in a combo with a rod which gives it even more comfort as well.

The reel has a recessed foot which makes it sit low on the rod and giving it better balance.

The handle can be a little short if you have big hands, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

Abu Garcia Pro Max 3 Baitcaster Reel

Abu Garcia Pro Max 3 Baitcaster Reel

Unique Drag and Brake Systems

The drag wheel sits in behind the handle which makes it easy to access and adjust whenever you need to. The Power Drag system is the same as is available in several other models.

This is the same drag system as the Abu Garcia Silver Max.

It can deliver 17-18 pounds of drag which is more than you will need for fishing with this type of reel. It applies a constant pressure on the drag throughout the entirety of the fish retrieval. The drag has almost no play in my experience.

The brakes are incredibly easy to set with only one or two clicks that gives you better casting distance without backlash. The brake adjustment is located externally on the opposite side plate to the drag.

All of the adjustments of the brakes and drag is right at your fingertips at all times.

Video Review

Video is often a great way to show the performance of a piece of fishing gear that can’t be described in words. Please have a look at this video below to see the Abu Garcia Pro Max Baitcaster reel in action. The key quote from the Wisconsin Wildman in this video is “The Pro Max is Bulletproof”

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For those of you who are interested in specifications, we have compiled some of the key metrics below:

DRAG (KG)17 lbs
WEIGHT (G)7.3 oz

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weight of the Pro Max?

The weight of the reel is 7.3 ounces.

What is the retrieve rate of the Pro Max?

The retrieve rate is 29 inches per crank.

What is the gear ratio of the Pro Max?

The gear ratio is 7.1:1.


The Abu Garcia Pro Max baitcaster reel feels like a premium reel without the high price tag. It is made from high quality materials that will prevent corrosion and is highly durable. This makes it great value for money and will last for years to come. Abu Garcia reels are generally pretty bulletproof.

The reel is light enough to be able to cast all day and has a high retrieve rate. It also looks great with a brilliant style and its low-profile design.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced angler, but any Abu Garcia reels, and in particular the Pro Max is certainly worth your consideration.

If you have used a Pro Max before and have any experiences of your own to share to help everyone to make their own decision then please leave a comment below.

Happy fishing!

Last update on 2021-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.