New Spinning Reel: Abu Garcia Revo SX-20

The SX-20 is the second-smallest model in the new Revo SX Spinning lineup, and screams smallmouths, panfish, and trout. But … Continued

The SX-20 is the second-smallest model in the new Revo SX Spinning lineup, and screams smallmouths, panfish, and trout. But around here in August, the best I could do was smallies and catfish. I had an overnight kitty mission on the Delaware River planned with fishing editor Joe Cermele, and the pre-dusk hours made the perfect setting for a field test.

The SX-20 feels incredibly well built and is the perfect size and weight to balance on a light-action rod for casting small lures and bait. I had no problem reaching my targets. While the Delaware’s bronzebacks wouldn’t come out and play, I did manage to get a healthy channel cat to eat a nightcrawler—and an awesome fight on light-action gear ensued.

Specs
Weight: 7.3 oz.
Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
Inches Per Crank: 33
Mono Line Capacity: 8/120
Braid Line Capacity: 8/175
Max Drag: 11 lb.
Ball Bearings: 8+1
Retrieve: Right or Left
$159.95; abugarcia.com

Hits
The Revo SX-20 feels like it’s made to last. The C6 carbon body keeps the weight down while sacrificing nothing in terms of durability and strength. I got to test the drag against a big catfish, and even this smaller model had no issues taming it. At $160, it’s not exactly cheap, but it’s still a bargain; this is a great reel for the price.

Misses
There were a couple occasions when I accidentally tripped the back-reel switch. Not sure if that had more to do with operator error or the switch’s placement or sensitivity, but it’s something to watch out for. Having your reel spin backwards at the wrong time can make a mess of your line and might even cost you a fish.

The Bottom Line
The Revo SX-20 is a stellar reel for bass, trout, and panfish, and one that can take a beating and keep on fishing. The larger models should perform just as well for big bass, pike, and even inshore salt-water species.