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Abu Garcia Black Max vs Silver Max vs Pro Max: How Do They Differ?

Abu Garcia Black Max vs Silver Max vs Pro Max
Written by Walter Ashley

Black max offers the optimum level of comfort with a user-friendly design while the pro max has more bearings and a better gear ratio. The silver max is great for quick casting with one hand.

Let’s get to the details and see how they really compare and which one might suit you best!

Abu Garcia Black Max vs Silver Max vs Pro Max

1. Bearings

Black Max

Black Max bearing

Bearings are an important factor, as the more bearings the smoother the cast and retrieve. The black max has 5 ball bearings. It provides a smooth and reliable cast and retrieve.

Silver max

Silver max bearing

The silver max has 5 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing. The difference from 5 to 6 ball bearings in a fishing reel is so little that many people cannot differentiate between the black max and the silver max.

However, many stated that the difference is quite noticeable when loaded up.

Pro max

The pro max has 7 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing. It is solid but will give you a silky smooth feel.

The difference between the pro max and the other two fishing reels may be adequate to feel a difference in smoothness.

Also, the difference is larger between the pro max and the black max compared to between the pro max and the silver max.

Winner

The pro max obviously with its more bearings.

2. Gear Ratio

Gear Ratio

Black Max

The black max has a standard gear ratio of 6.4:1 which you can use on different bait caster reels.

The 6.4:1 ratio will be perfect for nearly every fishing technique without it being too slow for professional anglers to enjoy.

You can slow-roll a spinnerbait or a deep-diving crankbait, but you can use lipless crankbaits without an issue as well. The black max can retrieve 26 inches of line per crank.

Silver Max

Silver max comes with a ratio of 6.4:1 and is considered a middle-speed reel. Generally, reels within the range between 5.4:1 to 6.5:1 are considered middle-speed reels.

As a result, the silver max reel comes in as one of the quicker reels in the middle-speed range. It can retrieve 26 inches of line per crank.

Pro Max

The pro max is equipped with a quicker gear ratio of 7.1:1 and it can retrieve 29 inches of line per crank. It’s ideal for jigs, lipless crankbaits, texas rigs, and maximum topwater baits while being too quick for shallow running spinnerbaits and maximum crankbaits.

However, if you are an experienced angler then you may be able to use it for crankbaits. It’s a good baitcasting reel for various fishing techniques and if you are a seasoned angler then you will love it.

Winner

The pro max with a quicker gear ratio.

3. Comfort

Comfortable rod

Black Max

There is a compact bent handle and beautiful design to make this reel pretty comfortable to hold. It also has EVA foam handles.

Silver Max

It is equipped with high-density EVA handles. There is a lot of grip to hang on to the reel in rainy, rough weather.

As a result, you will not feel as though your hands are about to fall off after fishing the entire day.

Pro Max

The pro max reel is also equipped with high-density EVA handles. These handles are quite comfortable to use and extremely ergonomic.

Winner

The black max as it is more comfortable.

4. User Friendliness

Black Max

Determining which of these three bait caster reels is perfect for you might eventually go down to how much experience you have.

As a beginner, the Black Max is the perfect choice for you. It’s pretty straightforward to use, particularly if it’s your first time. This reel will reduce the chances of the backlash problem.

Silver Max

It incorporates updated styling with an advanced ergonomics design. The silver max reel is ideal for pitching, flipping, or back trolling fishing techniques. You can cast pretty far.

Pro Max

The pro max comes with the MagTrax brake system that ensures efficient casting control. It delivers an excellent smooth retrieve and has a compact design.

This reel will suit you best if you are a seasoned angler.

Winner

Black max due to being more beginner-friendly.

5. Price

Black Max

Black Max (Old Model) Price Max X (New Model) Price
Left-Handed – Box $65 Left-Handed – Box $60
Left-Handed – Clam $65 Left-Handed – Clam
Right-Handed – Box $55 Right-Handed – Box $55
Right-Handed – Clam $50 Right-Handed – Clam

Silver Max

Silver Max (Old Model) Price Max STX (New Model) Price
Left-Handed – Box $60 Left-Handed – Box $68
Left-Handed – Clam $65 Left-Handed – Clam
Right-Handed – Box $45 Right-Handed – Box $68
Right-Handed – Clam $70 Right-Handed – Clam

Pro Max

Pro Max (Old Model) Price Max Pro (New Model) Price
Left-Handed – Box $70 Left-Handed – Box $75
Right-Handed – Box $80 Right-Handed – Box $80
Right-Handed – Clam $115 Right-Handed – Clam

Winner:

The black max is more affordable.

Other Features

Black Max

Black Max

The black max reel comes with big PVC handle knobs and a 90 millimeters handle arm. There is a Power Disk drag system. It is quite durable.

Silver Max

Silver Max features

There is a Rocket Clutch feature that helps you to quickly do casting with one hand. It allows you to engage and disengage the spool with the click of a push button.

When you are ready to engage the reel instead of turning the handle, you just need to click the Rocket Clutch Button placed on the reel.

This feature can be also useful when you have already done the cast but want more depth. In this case, you only have to press the push-button to go free spool, and then re-engage the reel with the Rocket Clutch right at the moment your bait reaches the correct depth.

Pro Max

Pro Max features

The pro max comes with a Synthetic Drag system. It is more lightweight than the black max as its weight is 7.37 ounces whereas the black max reel’s weight is 10.22 ounces.

Winner

The silver max because it has more features.

Abu Garcia Black Max vs Silver Max vs Pro Max: Which One Should You Pick?

Finally, we can say that black max is the winner here since it triumphs on most of the factors (e.g. comfort, user-friendliness, and price) that differentiate a good model from a not-so-good one!

On the other hand, the pro max wins in bearings and gear ratio factors. The silver max only wins in other features.

However, the black max beginner is a beginner-friendly design while the pro max suits seasoned anglers.

About the author

Walter Ashley

I was brought up in Grove, Oklahoma alongside the Neosho river. It was not until my post-accident recovery period when I got hooked into fly fishing. The instructor had this unique teaching method and I started skipping my therapy sessions for kayak fishing out in the wild. It helped me be in places of nature that are extraordinarily beautiful and I would probably have never been there if fishing was not a part of my life. Experiences of those days taught me the shortcomings of fishing gear. So, I started investigating on a range of common equipment that people used and I started tweaking them for optimum results. It was not until my post-graduation on mechanical engineering when I seriously started thinking about fishing rod and reel designing. Extensive studies on materials that regular rods were made of eventually made way for new design ideas. Hopefully, my time on the waters and inner attachment to the nature will provide me sublimity for greater innovation.

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