This is the 20-30# reel Avet needed in their line and was introduced back in 2003. It comfortably fishes the line test most of us use, most of the time. It’s strong and it casts well. The MX series can produce a smooth 9-10# of drag at the strike position, while maintaining free-spool. If you are in a pinch, you can button down the drag and get an amazing 16# of drag! It’s made from corrosion resistant materials, is 100% machined, with type 2 anodized finish. It’s got the strength provided by a true one piece frame, and all metal construction. For casting, the reel features six steel ball bearings and stainless steel components.
To help distinguish the newer series of reels the wider version is now called the MXL, the narrow MXJ. In terms of line capacity you can load 350 yards of 20# on the L model, 300 on the J. The L and J models seem to be influenced by the classic Newell 229 and 220, different width spools and frames, for different applications and personal tastes.
Avet first introduced this new two speed reel at the Fred Hall Long Beach show in 2004. The MX is available in two widths and in several colors. I bought myself one of the first MXL two speed reels. Some folks wondered why a two speed at a 30# line class. Well, here’s the rational. You’ve got speed to wind a jig, get attention from yellowtail for instance. But, you can also crank down into low gear and horse the puppy back home to the boat. That’s the rational. You’ve got a blazing fast high gear, and you can drop down to power. I’ve put mine to use a lot since purchasing, it’s done great for everything from local bass, halibut, barracuda, bonito, albacore, and even wahoo.
Since these reels spin so well, cast so effortlessly, having an “educated thumb” really helps prevent backlashes. Even if you have a “smart” thumb and are an experienced caster, the Magnetic Cast control proves beneficial (as I’ve found). The MC feature provides a 1-5 dial for setting up the control to match your needs – and for my use, lure/bait weight. I set mine to 1 for bait, up to 5 for tossing a heavier jig.