Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel
- 6 Bearings + 1 Roller Bearing
- Gear Ratio: 4.5:1
- Line Capacity: 10/290
- Weight: 16.3 ounces
- Precision Machine Cut Brass Pinion Gear
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The Okuma Avenger "ABF" baitfeeder spinning reel reflects a refinement and precision that is the culmination of a decade of research and development. It is a unique combination of tournament grade spinning reel and Okuma's patented live line bait feeding system. The Avenger "ABF" series puts a new spin on the traditional world of reels, and more importantly, what can be expected from them. Quite simply, these are ultra smooth, precision crafted reels. The light weight CNC machined spools are fitted with super smooth oil-soaked felt washers. The reel features six sealed ball bearings, for smooth operation. The Avenger ABF uses Okuma's live bait feeding system. The easy-to-reach lever (located on the body behind the handle) disengages the spool to allow the line to run freely. The tension of the free spool can be adjusted with the rear adjustment (which looks and works like a rear drag). The bait feeding system allows a fish to pick up the bait and run without feeling the drag of the reel. When you are ready to set the hook, you flip down the baitfeeder lever to engage the drag, and the conventional front drag takes over.
The Avenger ABF Series of Baitcasting Reels are known for providing a combination of quality construction, great performance, and affordable value. Okuma's patented baitfeeding system allows for disengagement of the spool and free-running line without opening the bail. Predators are allowed to pick up a bait and run with little resistance as they commit to eating--in order to provide a solid hookset. With a turn of the handle, the spool and drag system engage to set the hook and fight the fish. Coming in sizes 20 through 90 to accommodate most applications, from walleye to catfish--and--stripers to rockfish, this series has most baitcast anglers covered.
- Patented On/Off auto trip bait feeding system
- Multi-disk, Japanese-oiled felt drag washers
- Six stainless steel ball bearings
- One Quick-set anti-reverse roller bearing
- Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
- Corrosion resistant graphite body
- Rigid, die-cast aluminum handle design
- Machined aluminum handle knob (sizes 40 through 80)
- Patented S-Curve Oscillation System
- 20-size features Precision Elliptical Gearing system
- Machined aluminum, two-tone anodized, ported spool
- Hydro Block water tight drag seal
- Corrosion resistant, stainless steel bail wire
- RESII: Computer balanced rotor equalizing system
- Spare ported graphite spool included
- One-year warranty
Avenger's On/Off Auto Trip Baitfeeding System:
Okuma's Avenger baitfeeding system allows anglers to disengage their spinning reel spool and allow their bait to run freely. The baitfeeding system incorporates a secondary, micro-adjustable drag system at the rear of the reel that allows for precise adjustment of the spool for bait control. In order to disengage this system, simply turn the handle. The On/Off lever on the rear of the reel will automatically disengage the baitfeeding system so you can fight your fish with the main drag system.
|Model||Bearings||Capacity||Gear Ratio||Line Retrieve||Maximum Drag||Weight|
|ABF-20a||6 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing||190/4, 110/6, 90/8||5.0:1||25 inches||8 pounds||8.8 ounces|
|ABF-30a||6 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing||330/6, 260/8, 180/10||5.0:1||27 inches||12 pounds||11.8 ounces|
|ABF-40a||6 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing||410/8, 290/10, 260/12||4.5:1||28 inches||14 pounds||16.3 ounces|
|ABF-50a||6 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing||440/10, 390/12, 280/15||4.5:1||31 inches||17 pounds||17.3 ounces|
|ABF-65a||6 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing||540/12, 390/15, 320/20||4.5:1||36 inches||22 pounds||27.4 ounces|
|ABF-90a||6 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing||590/20, 440/25, 330/30||4.5:1||40 inches||22 pounds||27.6 ounces|
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If that's normal, fine, but I've had a couple ABF-65's and I don't remember that being the case.
Once I get it out on the lake, I may alter this review.
-The second "spare" spool is not metal, but plastic. Don't expect to run braid on anything but the primary spool. (UPDATE: The plastic on the spool is surprisingly good. I still wouldn't run braid, but it's not as bad as feared)
-Other reviewers have stated this, but the clicker really isn't very loud. I was skeptical of these reviews as I had no expectation that it would match the sound of a good baitcaster, but they aren't kidding. It's perfectly serviceable, though, as long as it's not a particularly windy day. (UPDATE: maybe I've just "tuned into" the sound, but it's seems to be louder after a couple uses)
-Make sure you check the screws when the reel arrives. The bail screw on mine was a little loose. Nothing a screwdriver couldn't fix and it hasn't loosened up at all since. (UPDATE: still hasn't loosened)
+The "baitfeeder" feature is fantastic, and works as advertised. For trout especially, cast a floating bait rig out and flip the baitfeeder switch. It keeps tension better than leaving the bail open but the fish will feel absolutely nothing as they take your bait, then all you have to do is set the hook and reel 'em in.
+Very smooth retrieve and as good a cast as you can really ask for. The "infinite anti-reverse" is amazing, too.
+It feels very sturdy and yet elegant - it easily matches the "feel" of reels 3 times the price.
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They will also be good for inshore saltwater when I head south. I have a Shimano Baitrunner, and it is a nice reel, but it is so much more expensive than this one.
Holds a lot of mono
Feels well made, smooth action
cons - Bail wire comes out, but is easy to fix
Ordered it after reading the great reviews..
It turned out to be a great buy..
It's solid , sturdy , smooth , looks like its going to out live me,
I'm going to buy 2 more