not so good purchase experience
well I ordered the alphamar 16 was excited to get it and start using it. when it finally got here though I was excitement stopped when I found that the line out alarm was stuck so I had to send it back and pay another s&h..... WOW (which was even more then it was the first time). I got it repaired now and I love it thinking of buying my wife one.
April 15, 2013
i used alphamar20 reel to land this big garin the red river..released the fish back to live another day..about120-140 lbs
December 13, 2012
Awesome at first, but after they are forced to perform, they fail.
I've had serious high hopes for this reel, and have given it multiple chances to perform. I started with an Alphamar 20. It performed well for day to day fishing. I started putting it on bigger fish (30-50lb) range. Halibut, Yellow tail, White Sea Bass. After a few months of fishing with it, a squeaking noise developed when line would be peeled, as well as when cranking it in. I sent the reel in and it came back working fine.
I opted for a Alphamar 14 for my lighter set up, same internals just lighters, smaller and less line cap. This reel started to develop the same problem. The squeeking and drag being no longer smooth or consistant has caused me to loose many fish. The drag often locks up even when back off and it takes a good pull to free it up.
Recently, the Alphamar 14 level wind began to grind down on it's self, causing it to sieze up and snap while fighting a Thresher Shark.
These reels are well cared for, they don't go a day without being cleaned completely and are stored with the drags backed off.
Even under warranty, it's becoming expensive to have to keep sending these reels in.
I would stay away from them for salt water applications.
November 17, 2012
Good reel no problems. I see many others have problems but I have never had a problem with an abu and ill keep buying them unless I ever do have a problem.
October 8, 2012