You’d like to see an unbiased review of the Avet HX high speed jigging reel? I don’t have one of these reels, I don’t know the Avet guys (for some reason we’ve never connected), and they didn’t send me one to check out – but I did get the chance to play with one while fishing for bluefin tuna out of Oregon Inlet the other day. And my completely unbiased review ends with a big, fat thumbs-up.
First off, it’s one of the few reels around that’s still manufactured completely in the good ‘ol US of A. The HX is a dual-speed lever drag reel, with 5.4:1 and 2.4:1 gear ratios. Set to max, it can put out 28 pounds of drag and has 22 at the Strike position. Weight is 22 ounces and line capacity is stated at 280 yards of 50 pound (mono) test, and you can pack well over 500 yards of 80-pound braid onto the HX, no problem. It’s smooth in freespool and the drag feels great, but the thing I liked most was the presence of lugs – many high speed jigging reels don’t have them, and when you want to strap in and fight with a harness, you need ‘em. (One solution to this problem: get a “Get Strapped” bracket, $25, which mounts between the reel seat and the rod. These work pretty good and I have one in service right now on a Shimano Trinidad.) So, what’s the down-side to the HX? Hmmm… give me a minute… Well, we can always gripe about cost, which is a hair over $400. Of course, you’ll be footing this kind of bill for any top-shelf high-speed lever-drag jigger. So pick one up, give it a twirl, and see if it feels good in your hands. If the HX seems like a winner to you, it’s probably because you’re right – no bias necessary.