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Avet SX Raptor Review

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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Old 05-24-2019, 07:56 PM
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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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Old 05-25-2019, 06:35 PM
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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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