Mike using an Abu Revo

I’m constantly looking to reduce the weight and improve the balance of the rod and reel combinations I use. Since last autumn I’ve been fishing almost constantly with the ABU Revo Toro 60HS multiplier reel. I’ve been using it with 20lb Berkley braid and a 6/12lb class rod for light line fishing off the boat for all sorts of smaller species from whiting and dabs to wrasse to give me maximum fun.


While fishing off the boat I got to thinking that this reel would make a great rough ground bass reel, also a long range casting reel especially with lighter leads up to 3ozs when surf fishing. The reel is manufactured with a level-wind system, which many bass anglers prefer, and though this gives perfect line lay, to become a maximum long range casting reel, I’d need to remove the level-wind system to minimise mechanical drag and maximise spool freedom.


Being a low-profile reel it’s also easy to get even the smallest thumb right over the Toro spool for lock down when casting which is also vital to achieving maximum long range performance.


I got to chatting with our reel engineer Pete Coogan at the ABU Ambassadeur Performance Centre and Pete re-machined my existing cage removing the level-wind system and adding a super tough strengthening bar in place of the level-wind to create a CT (converted for tournament casting) version.

 


With bass fishing in mind the Toro’s line capacity of around 200-yards of 0,40mm line, roughly 20lb mono, is perfect for close to medium range casting over rough ground where the 20lb mono helps combat the rough boulders and barnacles that can so easily cause line abrasion and weakness. You can even load with 25lb line and still have plenty of spare line capacity for even the biggest rough ground bass when fishing at close to medium range. The reel’s fast retrieve ratio of 6.4:1 is another advantage as it gets tackle back up and over the snags ultra quick.


For surf casting for bass I’d drop the line strength to 15lbs and use a 30lb shock leader with 3oz leads. This will put worm and crab baits way out in the surf, but the reel is so light and compact that you can stand in the surf holding the rod and feeling for bites all day without fatigue.


The bass here in
North Wales are due from the middle of April and I’m really looking forward to testing the modified reel in the conditions described.


I’ll also be using the reel for much of my ledger fishing in the estuaries this year, not just for bass, but for flounders and eels. I can also see it being pressed in to service come the autumn for the dabs and whiting off the shore when light line tactics will again give me maximum fun with the smaller fish.


Only by testing and modifying reels in this way and fishing hard with them can we identify the potential production reels of tomorrow.

I’m constantly looking to reduce the weight and improve the balance of the rod and reel combinations I use. Since last autumn I’ve been fishing almost constantly with the ABU Revo Toro 60HS multiplier reel. I’ve been using it with 20lb Berkeley braid and a 6/12lb class rod for light line fishing off the boat for all sorts of smaller species from whiting and dabs to wrasse to give me maximum fun.


While fishing off the boat I got to thinking that this reel would make a great rough ground bass reel, also a long range casting reel especially with lighter leads up to 3ozs when surf fishing. The reel is manufactured with a level-wind system, which many bass anglers prefer, and though this gives perfect line lay, to become a maximum long range casting reel, I’d need to remove the level-wind system to minimise mechanical drag and maximise spool freedom.


Being a low-profile reel it’s also easy to get even the smallest thumb right over the Toro spool for lock down when casting which is also vital to achieving maximum long range performance.


I got to chatting with our reel engineer Pete Coogan at the ABU Ambassadeur Performance Centre and Pete re-machined my existing cage removing the level-wind system and adding a super tough strengthening bar in place of the level-wind to create a CT (converted for tournament casting) version.

 


With bass fishing in mind the Toro’s line capacity of around 200-yards of 0,40mm line, roughly 20lb mono, is perfect for close to medium range casting over rough ground where the 20lb mono helps combat the rough boulders and barnacles that can so easily cause line abrasion and weakness. You can even load with 25lb line and still have plenty of spare line capacity for even the biggest rough ground bass when fishing at close to medium range. The reel’s fast retrieve ratio of 6.4:1 is another advantage as it gets tackle back up and over the snags ultra quick.


For surf casting for bass I’d drop the line strength to 15lbs and use a 30lb shock leader with 3oz leads. This will put worm and crab baits way out in the surf, but the reel is so light and compact that you can stand in the surf holding the rod and feeling for bites all day without fatigue.


The bass here in
North Wales are due from the middle of April and I’m really looking forward to testing the modified reel in the conditions described.


I’ll also be using the reel for much of my ledger fishing in the estuaries this year, not just for bass, but for flounders and eels. I can also see it being pressed in to service come the autumn for the dabs and whiting off the shore when light line tactics will again give me maximum fun with the smaller fish.


Only by testing and modifying reels in this way and fishing hard with them can we identify the potential production reels of tomorrow.

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