Abu Garcia Max STX Spinning Reel Review

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Hey guys, welcome back to Beach and Fishing and my Abu Garcia Max STX spinning reel review. Now, as you are probably aware, fishing is one of those past times that holds two essential truths:

  1. There are a great number of variations of every piece of equipment, tackle and accessory that you could be looking for.
  2. Everybody has an opinion on which of these variations is best at any given time – which is generally due to the fact that that particular item has helped them catch fish.

So with that in mind, one thing I have tried to do on this site is review the products I use, as well as the ones that are popular at the moment to give you an idea of what may work for you as you head out to the water and chase the big ones.

Hence, for this review, I will run you through:

  • What the product is
  • How it works
  • What I bought if for
  • Pros and Cons
  • Cost
  • My recommendations

What is a spinning reel?

Also known as ‘open face’ reels or ‘eggbeaters’, these reel types wind the line onto a front spool which is held on by a ‘bail’. Line is wound in via a handle on the side which is ratioed to bring the line in faster than the handle is turned. In general, spinning reels are made from a corrosion-resistant metal, carbon fiber and/or aluminum body with variations of the following:

  • Bearings – As with a car wheel, the mechanisms inside a spinning fishing reel generally incorporate ball bearings for smoother operation. From my experience, most come with between 3 and if the specifications are listed as 10 + 1 for example, this means that there are 10 ball bearings in the main housing and also a roller bearing incorporated into the bail to make line retrieval easier.
  • Ratio – One advantage of a spinning fishing reel is the winding ratio. This is usually set anywhere for 3:1 up to 6 or 7:1 (often listed as 6.0:1 etc.) This simply means that for every time the user turns the handle a full rotation, the spool holding the line has actually turned 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 times meaning less winding for faster line retrieval. Higher ratios are good for fast retrieval fishing such as with a lure or if there are a lot of snags etc. Lower rations assist with the big fish catches.
  • Drag – The drag of a fishing reel is its ability to release a little bit of line when a fish strikes or is being pulled in. This is in place to reduce the chances of a bigger fish snapping the line as it fights. As with anything, the more you pay for a reel, the better the drag system should be with the more expensive models containing precision setting capabilities.
  • Casing: This is the part of the reel that contains the springs, levers, gear cogs etc. that make much of the stuff above work. I’m my opinion, avoid any reel that doesn’t have this all housed in a sealed, waterproof casing. These are low maintenance and the components will not rust.
Abu Garcia Max STX SP20 Spinning Reel, Size 10 (1523238), 5 Ball Bearings + 1 Roller Bearing, Felt Front Drag, Max of 6.5lb | 3kg
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Check out my: Shimano Nasci Spinning Reel Review

What do you get?

  • Product Name: Abu Garcia Max STX – available in size 500 up to 4000
  • Spool Size: 160/4 (500) up to 210/14 (4000) Braid 190/2 100/4 80/6 (500) up to 210/10 180/12 150/14 (4000) Mono
  • Bearings: 5+1
  • Ratio: 5.2:1 – 5.8:1
  • Composition: Aluminum and graphite
  • Drag: 6.4LB|2.9KG up to 14LB|6.4KG PowerDisk™ drag system
Abu Garcia Max STX Spinning Reel Review - specs


  1. Smooth operation: The reel features a 6+1 stainless steel ball bearing system, providing a smooth and effortless retrieve.
  2. Durable construction: The lightweight graphite body and rotor, combined with the aluminum spool, make the reel sturdy and long-lasting.
  3. Versatile gear ratio: The 6.2:1 gear ratio offers a good balance between speed and power, making it suitable for various fishing techniques.
  4. Precise drag system: The PowerDisk™ drag system ensures consistent drag pressure, allowing you to control fights and land fish effectively.
  5. Excellent casting performance: The Rocket Line Management System™ reduces line twists and tangles, enabling longer and more accurate casts.
  6. Comfortable and ergonomic design: The reel’s handle and drag adjustment are designed for ease of use and provide a comfortable grip during extended fishing sessions.


  1. Limited corrosion resistance: While the reel is suitable for light saltwater fishing, it may not withstand prolonged exposure to harsh saltwater environments as well as reels specifically designed for saltwater use.
  2. Lacks advanced features: Compared to higher-end spinning reels, the Silver Max STX may not have some of the more advanced features and technologies available in premium models.
  3. Spare spool not included: The reel does not come with a spare spool, which may be inconvenient for anglers who prefer to switch between different fishing lines or setups frequently.

How much is it?

I have seen these on the marketing for around $USD38 – 50 making them a great cost effective options for beginners and experienced fishers alike.

Abu Garcia Max STX SP20 Spinning Reel, Size 10 (1523238), 5 Ball Bearings + 1 Roller Bearing, Felt Front Drag, Max of 6.5lb | 3kg
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Do I recommend it?

The Abu Garcia Silver Max STX Spinning Reel is a high-quality fishing reel that offers excellent performance and durability and a great option for beginners in particular. It offers smooth and reliable operation to effortlessly cast and reel in your catch in most fishing conditions as well.

With a lightweight graphite body and rotor, comfortable handle and easy-to-use drag system I highly recommend this option for anybody looking for a good option at a great price.


So there you have it, my review and appraisal of the Abu Garcia Max STX Spinning reel. I hope it has been of assistance but as usual, if you have any questions or experience with this one then please do not hesitate to reach out by commenting below.

Are there any other products you have been looking at but want to know more about? If so, please comment below and I will do my best to get some details for you.

Until next time

Have fun


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Hi, I'm Paul

I am a passionate fishing, camping and four wheeled driving hobbyist who researches, tests and educates around issues and equipment relevant to them.

I am by no means a professional however my passion is to assist you in making informed decisions about buying and using awesome gear that will give you the best chance of success at whatever you are doing for the best price.

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