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    Avet MXL 6/4 $329. Worth it? Looking for good, light weight reel for jigging for halibut but can also be used for salmon and rockfish.
    I've searched high and low for a better price, but looks like the manufacturer has set the price.

  • #2
    What about the Charter Special TR2000LD. Great reel with a ton of drag and third the price.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by skydiver View Post
      Avet MXL 6/4 $329. Worth it? Looking for good, light weight reel for jigging for halibut but can also be used for salmon and rockfish.
      I've searched high and low for a better price, but looks like the manufacturer has set the price.
      I have two, and yes, they are worth the money. 100% machined hard anodized aluminum. Carbon fiber drag washers that never wear out and get smoother with time. Skip the two speed one if you don't want to spend that much, the gear ratios are fast on the single speeds. Lifetime warranty. Check Ebay, they go for less there.

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      • #4
        Avet Reels

        I have about 15 of the reels. I have the 4/0 which is no longer made and the EXW 3/0 two speeds. They are good reels but the first thing I would do if I buy any more is to take all the screws out and put some kind of grease on the treads and check the bearings to make sure the also have grease. I have found that around the harness lug salt water can get in there and the screws can break off when you take the reel apart to clean them. I like the Avets over the Penn Internationals, Shimano TDII, Penn 113, Daiwa 600H, and the Okuma Golds. The Accurate 655 are better than the older 4/0 Avets but I like the newer EXW 3/0 over them. The 3/0's have a larger drag than the 4/0 and have a preset level stop which the 4/0's do not have. I like the fact that the Avets inside are a simple design and are easy to take a part to clean. i was looking at a Shimano Tiara but the design is just to complicated for the average person to take a part. The Avet PRO EXW can handle every thing from large Halibut to sharks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by captaindd View Post
          I have about 15 of the reels. I have the 4/0 which is no longer made and the EXW 3/0 two speeds. They are good reels but the first thing I would do if I buy any more is to take all the screws out and put some kind of grease on the treads and check the bearings to make sure the also have grease. I have found that around the harness lug salt water can get in there and the screws can break off when you take the reel apart to clean them. I like the Avets over the Penn Internationals, Shimano TDII, Penn 113, Daiwa 600H, and the Okuma Golds. The Accurate 655 are better than the older 4/0 Avets but I like the newer EXW 3/0 over them. The 3/0's have a larger drag than the 4/0 and have a preset level stop which the 4/0's do not have. I like the fact that the Avets inside are a simple design and are easy to take a part to clean. i was looking at a Shimano Tiara but the design is just to complicated for the average person to take a part. The Avet PRO EXW can handle every thing from large Halibut to sharks.
          Rather than grease just put a dab of anti sieze compund on the threads.
          Grease is made for lubricating things while anti sieze compound is designed for the purpose.
          Just my .02
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          • #6
            I have the MXL single speed and it is an excellent reel. It is very sturdy and does not flex at all, like some graphite/plastic frame reels do. The drag is great too, I've caught 25lb bluefin tuna and many striped bass up to 35 lbs and never had an issue.

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            • #7
              save your money and go with shimano ocea jigger or accurate 655 these reels are tops........
              BONEYARDBAITS THE BEST HALIBUT, ROCKFISH GRUBS ON THE PLANET....''06'' WORLD RECORD LINGCOD ''08'' HOMER HALIBUT DERBY WINNER''. BOTH FISH CAUGHT WITH BONEYARDBAIT GRUBS WWW.BONEYARDBAITS.COM

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              • #8
                agree

                I agree with boneyard, anything Shimano is alright with me. I've been grabbing any Bantam 50's I can find, for kings not halibut. The guys who have bought Avet swear by them, I've been treated good with Shimano.

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                • #9
                  I bought a 30-2 speed last year for one of my Baja trips.....it never caught the first fish before a breakdown.....the clicker had a plastic bushing in it that broke and was loose in the gear box....got my money back and went back to Shimano......also have two Accurates. I would take a Shimano TLD graphite over an Avet.

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                  • #10
                    Avets

                    I have several Avets both MXL and JXL. I have taken alot of 100 lb plus halibut and tons of lings on them and never a problem. In most cases I feel the J is plenty big enough and has the same drag system.
                    Thats my $.02

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                    • #11
                      I've got a couple of Avet MXL single speeds, but they are older models......when you could still get them with a lower gear ratio (4.3:1). They are a perfect match for my Loomis jigging rods.

                      If AVET still made them with lower gear ratios, I'd buy a couple more.

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                      • #12
                        For our family they have been worth the money. They are kinda pricey so we buy one every year and that helps to ease the pain a little. We been using them for about 5 years and they have slowly replaced the Penn GTI's.
                        They are smooth and a joy to use. For jigging my personal favorite is the HX. We never had any problems with any of them.

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                        • #13
                          Chevy or Ford thing?

                          Well, as you'd expect, your going to get diversity of opinion on this site! I too have a couple avets. After realizing the vast majority of our fish are under 100 lbs, we went with the MXJ (narrow spool) loaded with 80 lb braid. On a good Shimano jig rod this outfit is VERY light and certainly the equal of anything in the under a hundred range. Why jig with a 4/0 on a 80lb rod?

                          Here's one area where no one comes close to avet, you can't get a purple, blue, green, red or black shimano!

                          Mike

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                          • #14
                            the accurate reels come in different colors also i have two purple six red and six blue and black....their customer service is top notch...these are all charter reels that get .....99% percent of our fishing is jigging..what makes the accurates nice is they are super light.... i have found that the lighter the outfit the more fish are hooked.... we use ultra jigman pe line you can put 550 yards on the reels.just my 2 cents:rolleyes:
                            BONEYARDBAITS THE BEST HALIBUT, ROCKFISH GRUBS ON THE PLANET....''06'' WORLD RECORD LINGCOD ''08'' HOMER HALIBUT DERBY WINNER''. BOTH FISH CAUGHT WITH BONEYARDBAIT GRUBS WWW.BONEYARDBAITS.COM

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                            • #15
                              Avets I use.........

                              We have 2 HX and 2 LX 2speeds. They work fine for jigging/soaking bait for halibut, lings and whatever else will bite. I also have 2 silver 5.8 MXL's I have never used. I think Avet is making the MXL And MXJ in the 4.5 gearing again so I may sell my 5.8 MXL's. For Alaska and bottom fishing the lower gears are better as we don't sling iron like they do for tuna, etc. It would be nice if Avet would offer the MX, JX, LX, and HX in lower gears for Alaska but the market probably is not there. Still a 2 speed HX with 3.8 and 1.8 gears would be a great reel for halibut. I think a MXL or MXJ 4.5 geared reel would pull in lots of halibut and lings. It can be found for about 200.00 and the 4.5 is not much higher geared then the low end on the 6/3 MXL 2 speed. I much prefer a low geared powerful reel if fighting halibut and the tide in Cooks Inlet. However, I much prefer drift fishing out of Seward in less then a 100' of water with an 8 oz. jig and my G Loomis Bucara rod or one of my light 5'8" Shimano jigging rod matched with a Avet reel. I think a Avet MXJ is in my near future. Lots of good reels, lots of choices, lots of opinions. I like the Avets so much I am selling my Penns.

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