Mike Iaconelli's Signature Spinning Reel from Abu Garcia
Total Score: 8.0 -
By now, you're probably aware of Abu Garcia's refreshed suite of Mike Iaconnelli signature rods
and reels that are easily identifiable with their unique paint finishes and
purple highlights. Today, we're here to tell you about a product to complete Abu Garcia's IKE lineup - the Revo4 IKE spinning reel.
Abu Garcia Revo4 IKE SP30 Spinning Reel Specifications
|Line Capacity - Rated
||SP30 = 6/225 : SP20 = 6/170
|Line Capacity - Spool Volume
|Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
25 - 34.5
|Bearings per Knob
|Line Roller Bearings
||Made in China
Introducing Abu Garcia's Mike Iaconelli Signature Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia offers their IKE spinning reel in two sizes, a 20 and 30. The 20 is rated with a capacity of 170 yards of 6lb test while the 30 is specified as being able to hold 225 yards. I fished the 30 size for these tests. Like the casting reel and fishing rods in the IKE signature series suite the spinning reel's body is finished with an iridescent metallic purple paint. The spool, on the other hand is anodized black aluminum with purple accents. It comes equipped with a carbon fiber handle similar to that found on the MGXtreme spinning reel. The handle is capped with a round, EVA foam knob.
This reel is outfitted with a carbon handle...
Just like the casting reel, the IKE spinning reel is an eye catcher though I was a little disappointed that it comes with a standard depth spool. However another interesting touch is the use of a drop shot weight clip on the opposite side of the handle to cap the handle port.
...a round EVA Foam knob...
Real World Tests:
I spooled the reel with 6lb YGK G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon and paired it with an IKE Finesse Series 7'4" ML spinning rod (MIKES74-4) and had in mind primarily drop shot applications to see how the reel performs
and this drop shot weight keeper on the non-handle side of the reel.
Retrieve: Casting, naturally, is a no brainer with spinning reels and turning the handle of the IKE spinning reel, I was pleasantly surprised by a very smooth mesh of gears. In fact, before even mounting the reel on a rod, I spun the handle very quickly, let go, and just held the reel to test the balance of the rotor and other moving components. My IKE30 handled that little test perfectly. The reel did not pull to one side or the other and the operation of the rotor was smooth as it oscillated up and down.
The 30 size comes with a 6.2:1 gear ratio.
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