Tackle Test ABU GARCIA TORNO SERIES BAIT-CASTERS

The new Abu Garcia Torno series of bait-casters was slated for inclusion in our April tackle test, but the reels arrived too late. Had they made it, I'm sure they would have received high scores all around. After a summer-long field test, I found that the series is one of the more comfortable low-profile bait-casters on the market--the reel literally snuggles into your palm like a custom-fit shotgun springs to your cheek. From long-range pitching to horizon-busting casts, the reels gave superior performance. The drag can be cranked down to winching power for heavy-cover bass fishing and will serve for virtually all freshwater fishing applications.

There are five different models available. The models' features (such as number of ball bearings and gear ratios) put them at price points from $84.95 to $159.95. (Pure Fishing, 877-777-3850; www.abugarcia.com)--Jerry Gibbs

Model Torno 3003

Weight 9 oz.

Drive 3 stainless steel ball bearings

Capacity 10 lb.-test/105 yd.

Gear Ratio 5.3:1

Cast Control Centrifugal

Materials/Features 1-piece polymeric body with internal aluminum support. Aluminum, instant anti-reverse, quick-remove spool, soft-touch rubber grips

Price $84.95

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