Pure power: Avet’s 3-speed reels

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CHATSWORTH — There’s nothing like Avet’s 3-speed reels on the market. These reels are designed for versatility and pure grinding power.

The Avet 50/3, available in several configurations, is the most popular of the company’s 3-speed models. The gear ratios are high, at 4:1, fast enough to work a jig; middle at 2:1, the primary gear for fighting a big fish; and low gear, a stalemate crushing 1:1 for the toughest of fish.

The 50/3 comes with a topless frame for easy casting and handling, and the carbon fiber drags top 50 pounds. Avet is proud to manufacture it in the USA.

The 30/3 is Avet’s smallest 3-speed model, and it holds 850 yards of 100-pound braid, with a maximum of 40 pounds of drag at full, and also comes with a topless frame.

AVET THREE-SPEEDS mean business. Here’s Mike Rubio with a super cow yellowfin caught on a 50/3. RICK OZAKI PHOTO

Avet’s 80/3 3-speeds are for bigger game and feature the same gear ratios as the 50/3. The Success and other boats use them to target cow yellowfin in Puerto Vallarta. “For inexperienced big game anglers, low gear is a lifesaver,” says Ben Frazier of Avet. “Even in low gear you’re gaining 14 inches of line per crank and still moving the fish towards the gaff.”

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That extra low gear can be nice to have, Frazier says. “I tell people you ride a 10-speed bike, you downshift gears until you can keep turning the pedal. When you can’t turn the handle anymore you have a low gear to maintain leverage against the fish.”

Three-speeds make good kite reels, Frazier says. When you get a bite, you have the high-speed necessary to quickly wind down on the fish.

Rick Ozaki is another long range name associated with Avet. He likes the 50/3 for fishing bait, jigs and the kite. He says most of the time he uses high and middle gear. Two to 1 is a powerful gear ratio in its own right, and then there’s the unmatched 1:1.

“When you put it in low gear it’s night and day,” he says. “Use it when you’re winding down, the rod’s pulling and you can’t get a crank.”

When he drops into low gear, it’s so easy to gain line Ozaki says it feels weird, and he’s momentarily questioned whether he still has a fish on. Low gear is that powerful. If he had to pick just one reel, Ozaki would go with the 50/3. “It’s the best reel,” he says.

 

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