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Old 05-24-2019, 04:52 AM
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I've been looking for a good reel for my needs fishing the Gulf of Mexico out of Corpus Christi, Texas. I mainly fish for Snapper, Cobia and Mahi - when I can get out deep enough. I spent about a month and a half looking at different reels before I settled on the SX Raptor. I figured I would make a thread sharing my thoughts and opinions on my purchase. Hopefully someone will find it helpful in the future

You can find the reel specifications here: https://www.avetreels.net/sx-64-rapt...ting-reel.html

First Impressions:
Opening the box showed two different warning labels - reminding the user to have backing applied and to not spool braid directly onto the spool (to avoid slipping). This was good to see as a relative offshore rod/reel novice (I mainly spearfish) this is something I did not know. Everything was very well greased and at 17 ounces; it barely weighs anything. I like that the Raptor's come with a clicking drag lever. The lever also requires a second button to be depressed in order to move past the strike drag setting. The drag adjustment knob also produces an audible click when providing adjustment.

Manufacturer specifications state that the reel will hold 400 yards of 50 lb braid. I had my reels spooled by a local tackle shop which fit 285 yards of 65 pound braid with 10 yards of 50 pound leader. I think this should be plenty of line for my main use case and am happy with it. The third picture shows that the reel could likely hold a little bit more line, but I didn't want to push it.

I mounted all four to the same rod: Shimano Trevala 6'6" Medium Heavy. They seem to have a good action with a 5oz jig and I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform offshore.

I don't intend to cast with these reels, but wanted to try out the MC. I hooked up a 5oz jig and went out on the dock to throw the line. All I can say is wow, I'm impressed. These things can seriously cast! I may end up pulling double duty and using them to fish the surf at the beach as well.


First Time on the Water:
I will update this section once our weather cooperates and I get offshore!



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Nice reels. You'll like them for what you mentioned. Did you open them up when you said everything looked well greased? Mine were lubed rather poorly from the factory and I broke them down and did a full service before using them. I have several Raptors and the SX is one of my favorites. Mine's normally rigged with a bare hook for a pitch rod for cobia. You're right it cast's like a dream....

Since you said you're new to them, make sure you only turn the preset knob when the lever is in the freespool position and do not set the drag too high. The most I set mine at is 20lbs at full but typically it's set around 15 at full, sometimes less. Keep us updated on how they perform for you......

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Thanks for the review, I'm sure you will enjoy those reels.

I have an HXW Raptor and just got another SXJ (non-Raptor).

Really like them, wish you the best with yours, do another review down the road.

Cheers, T.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
Nice reels. You'll like them for what you mentioned. Did you open them up when you said everything looked well greased? Mine were lubed rather poorly from the factory and I broke them down and did a full service before using them. I have several Raptors and the SX is one of my favorites. Mine's normally rigged with a bare hook for a pitch rod for cobia. You're right it cast's like a dream....

Since you said you're new to them, make sure you only turn the preset knob when the lever is in the freespool position and do not set the drag too high. The most I set mine at is 20lbs at full but typically it's set around 15 at full, sometimes less. Keep us updated on how they perform for you......
Thanks for the advice! They looked pretty good but I will break them open again after I use them and see how they hold up. I'll share before/after pictures as well!


Originally Posted by trejsic.mejsic View Post
Thanks for the review, I'm sure you will enjoy those reels.

I have an HXW Raptor and just got another SXJ (non-Raptor).

Really like them, wish you the best with yours, do another review down the road.

Cheers, T.
I'm excited to get out and use them. I'll definitely update the first post when I get them offshore for Snapper season kickoff (June 1st here in Texas).
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Wow were they impressive! I ended up referring to them as my snapper winches all day. Full details to come later but thought I'd share some pictures!​​​​​​​




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Any updates?
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I bought one last year and love it. Slowly going to replace all my nearshore rigs with them. I max the drag when snapper fishing and can cast to cobia really well. I don’t have the magnetic casting on mine. It was also big enough for my mom to catch our biggest AJ on this year after a lengthy fight a some 🤬 from her.



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They're still going strong. I've probably put 100 hours on em offshore. I've even used them to troll on my short lines.

Biggest thing I've pulled in so far on the raptors was a 7 foot thresher shark. It almost spooled me twice, but I did get it to the boat!

I use them exclusively for my bottom fishing and would probably get a normal version of the MX's or something larger for a trolling setup. I will definitely be sticking with Avet for all my future reel purchases. I'll update the original post sometime this week, too!
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Those are great looking reels. I'm looking at getting (2) 50 EXWs.
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Originally Posted by mth180 View Post
They're still going strong. I've probably put 100 hours on em offshore. I've even used them to troll on my short lines.

Biggest thing I've pulled in so far on the raptors was a 7 foot thresher shark. It almost spooled me twice, but I did get it to the boat!

I use them exclusively for my bottom fishing and would probably get a normal version of the MX's or something larger for a trolling setup. I will definitely be sticking with Avet for all my future reel purchases. I'll update the original post sometime this week, too!
Those SX's are some of the most versatile, ultralight, "bottom" reels I've ever used. I started out with an SXJ Raptor and it worked well but the line capacity really limited the reel. It was adequate for snapper but a big cobia really put me in a bind. The SX is definitely the way to go. Hopefully they remain relatively trouble free for you.

Originally Posted by TURN_TWO View Post
I bought one last year and love it. Slowly going to replace all my nearshore rigs with them. I max the drag when snapper fishing and can cast to cobia really well. I don’t have the magnetic casting on mine. It was also big enough for my mom to catch our biggest AJ on this year after a lengthy fight a some �� from her.


That's a stud.
I took my 67 year old mom out and she caught a 34lb AJ on my JX Raptor. She fought it hard and got it to the boat in a very respectable amount of time. Low gear makes all the difference in the world.....


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Those are great looking reels. I'm looking at getting (2) 50 EXWs.
Curious why most people opt for the wide versions, since most are using braid backings anyway. Is it still strictly for capacity? I have never really gotten used to the feel of a wide reel. Seems like the handle is so far from the center of the reel that the entire reel wants to torque left and right when cranking. I guess it doesn't matter much if you're fishing it out if a rod holder.

I don't troll much, just for kings really, and I'm typically slow trolling live baits or pulling some yozuris. Always wanted to add an Avet 50 narrow to the collection, but I don't really get out deep enough to troll for pelagics.

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Very nice reels! I have 3 HX's 2 of the single speed and 1 of the HX Raptor in 2 speed for amberjack and grouper! I spooled my Raptor with 150lb HC braid to winch amberjacks from rocks and rigs
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How are the reels holding up?
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All four are still running strong! I actually boated my first Wahoo with one. The 'hoo was ~40 pounds too!
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I've been happy with my Avet XS for years, I finally took them apart this year and they were in near perfect condition inside. They are very easy to break down and clean!
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Very happy with my Avet HX 4.2 and EX30/2 reels.

They make a quality product that lasts and has great after sales support.
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I’ve got an SXJ raptor I use exclusively for jigging. It’s in a Conley slow pitch rod. I like mine a lot too. It will casts country mile. I also have an Accurate Valiant in the same size and the Avet beats it in every department for something close to the same price. With the MC, it’s easier to cast, it’s a two speed and it has a rod clamp. Something the Accurate could’ve and should’ve included.

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