Abu Garcia Revo MGX Spinning Reel Review

The Abu Garcia Revo MGX Reel is one of the best spinning reels on the market now.

I don’t throw a spinning reel as much as I should, I confess. I like to throw bigger baits and I am fortunate to live on a lake where I can do that most months of the year. I do however travel all over and find myself faced with fishing clear water a lot. When this is the case I reach for spinning reels like the new Abu Garcia Revo MGX.

Part of the reason, I don’t fish spinning reels, is they have some inherent issues that I don’t face as much with baitcasting equipment. However this new generation of Revo spinning reels from Abu Garcia have minimized the spinning reel issues I’ve had in the past. 

Revo MGX spinning reel on its first outing last year / Jason Sealock

When Abu Garcia introduced the Revo line of baitcasters a decade ago (2006), I was pretty blown away by their ultra low profile design and their durability and smoothness. They were a breakthrough design in baitcaster fishing reels, and still to this day, I consider those first generation Revo STX reels to be some of the best ever made.

This new line of Revo spinning reels, especially their top-of-the-line MGX spinning reel is doing the same thing for spinning reels. The MGX features ultra-smooth performance with 12 shielded ball bearings, Rocket Casting system that features Rocket Line Management and Spool designs as well as Slow Oscillation system and Everlast Bail system. 

The reel’s C6 Carbon body and rotor give it a feather lite feel in your hands not found on most spinning combos and the Carbon Matrix drag system was smooth at start and stop and micro adjustable to dial in the perfect drag for the pound and type line you use.

Swinging in a bass on a drop shot with the Revo MGX and Venerate rod from Abu Garcia / Jason Sealock

I’ve fished this reel with both braid and straight fluorocarbon with impressive results. The design of the MGX has cut down on wind knots and looping often found with using spinning gear. It makes really long casts paired on a Abu Garcia Venerate 7 foot medium rod. The reel is so smooth and effortless it has no resistance which increases your sensitivity for the lightest bites and subtle changes in lure movement. 

I’ve fished drop shots, shaky heads, spy baits, small topwaters, small crankbaits and jerkbaits on it since last summer when I got it.  A year later and it still fishes and functions like I just took it out of the box last week. 

If you’re saving up for one solid spinning reel and rod combo, I highly recommend the Revo MGX reel paired on the Venerate rod. I have two of these combos now and I absolutely love their smooth performance, lightweight feel and superior sensitivity.

You can find this reel at Tackle Warehouse and other retailers that carry Revo Spinning reels.

Jason Sealock with a nice spotted bass on the Abu Garcia Revo MGX last summer on Table Rock Lake

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