I bought this reel on Garcia's reputation for excellence. The first time i used it, I had a problem with the drag, I couldn't reel in the line. I adjusted it, to the best of my ability. I was new to fishing, I read how to adjust it, now due to my naivety, it is useless.
April 6, 2013
Not the old reliable reels of the past
I am 60 years old & my Dad always used Abu Garcia reels when I was growing up because of their excellent performance. I bought a 576I approx a year ago and only fish maybe 20 times a year, and the gears are shot. I took it to a repair facility and was told that the gears were not shimmed properly at the factory. Very disappointed with this reel.
August 24, 2012
Great Reel For Crappie
I have used mine for several years now. I own 6 of these reels. These reels are designed for small pan fish up to @3 pounds. With 10-pound stren original I have landed so many meals of crappie and sandies. Fishing line on a spincast reel becomes worn-out after a few months simply of the tight radius’s the line has to go through while retrieving the line. This reel is great for small baits and lures. Occasionally take off the face piece and clean the lake yuck from the inside. The thumb button also has a positive stop so you don’t apply too much pressure to the reels mechanism while casting. These are great reels and if you take care of them they last just fine. When I go after the big fish I use the correct equipment, I use my c3’ and c4’s for catfish, drum and big bass. I have owned some of these since high school in 1976.
April 23, 2012
Two reels broken....
I have several Abumatic 475s and a 1275 and they have been great, simple reels. I purchased two 576i reels with the same expectations. Both reels broke within the first few casts. The button is broken on one side on both reels. One reel feels like it is slipping every few rounds, both reels have a "drag" sound when casting, one of which cost me a lure.
January 23, 2012