REVOlution Continues, Abu Garcia’s New Gen 3 Premier Baitcaster
After inspecting the reel and taking initial measurements in the lab I was
itching for a chance to fish the new Revo Gen 3 Premier. We loaded up the boat
and headed out to the Delta, Clear Lake and the O’Neil Forebay in Northern
California to target a combination of Largemouth Bass and Stripers using a
variety of baits and techniques. I paired the reel up with a variety of rods
including Abu Garcia’s own Verdict Series rods as well as well as new sticks
from custom rod manufacturers Dobyns and Phenix. All tests were conducted with
Trilene Big Game monofilament and Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon.
A look at the new D2 gearing
The MGX proved to us that Revo was taking casting ultra-lightweight baits
seriously and yet the lightweight reel was able to cast even heavy jigs and
large topwater plugs with confidence. So well rounded a performer was the MGX
that though we knew the lightweight reel wasn’t really designed for targeting
Peacock Bass it made it to our list of must-have reels on our last trip to the
Amazon. To my delight this aptitude to cast baits at both ends of the weight
spectrum has been successfully carried over to the Gen3 Revo Premier.
The Premier gets the IVCB-IV
braking system from the MGX
The Premier is
the only other Revo to leverage Abu Garcia’s advanced IVCB-IV braking system
which features centrifugal brakes that work in a vertical fashion, unlike the
traditional horizontal sliding systems on most reels. This gives the reels a
complete range of adjustability and Abu makes it easy to make changes to any of
28 different settings with an external dial on the non-handle side sideplate. I
found that when dialed into the mid-range of the settings I was able to cast
everything from weightless rigged plastics to 3oz. swimbaits with confidence. As
you would expect on a reel at this price point Abu Garcia also packs in all the
“clickies,” and even the spool tension knob provides positive feedback and an
Mounted on a Abu Garcia Verdict
rod and ready to fish
Some reels feel silky smooth while others provide that very connected feel.
Higher end Daiwa and Abu Garcia branded reels often fall into that second camp,
and the Revo Gen 3 Premier, while smooth, never feels like it is excessively
lubricated and seems to link up nicely with the master gearing no matter how
quickly or forcefully you crank on the handle.
The C6 Carbon sideplates are
lightweight yet very rigid
Premier’s new gear system also feels very different than the previous generation
reels, especially under load. This was very apparent when we put pressure on the
line to turn largemouth away from structure or attempted to put the brakes on
stripers mid run. The D2 gear design is designed to be more efficient while
improving gear durability and the translation in the field is a gear system that
feels more powerful. This is also a testament to how rigid the C6 sideplates
need to be to properly keep all the gearing in proper alignment, and even with
Stripers on the line there was no perceptible flex in the Premier’s frame.
The reel also features a bent
carbon fiber handle
the drag isn't broke why fix it?