Cast controls are internal
and much like the Shimano VBS system there are six centrifugal weights that help
regulate spool spin. The system works well and it is possible to make
adjustments for both different weight lures and varying wind conditions, but it
does take slightly longer to address this system beneath the sideplate than with
some competing reels. Some of the Winch’s higher end siblings feature an
externally adjustable magnetic cast control systems and it would have been great
to get this system on the Winch, we would even pay more for it.
The Winch feels extremely "fluid"
thanks to 11 bearings
The Winch feels buttery smooth thanks to quality bearings, and lots of them.
While some of the other reels in the shootout feel precise the Winch is able to
feel both exact and fluid at the same time. Cranking all day with this reel is
easy as long as you don’t want to move baits too quickly. This is definitely not
the right reel to pick if your intention is to burn cranks, instead it is
designed with outstanding muscle which actually does reduce fatigue when deep
cranking for extended periods.
The traditional emblem graces the
While the Winch excels at
fishing long lipped crankbaits we also found the reel superb for fishing
paddletail swimbaits and even slow rolling spinnerbaits. Just don’t fish
anything like ripbaits with the Winch as fast moving lures will keep you
cranking at a frantic pace.
The gold highlights (spool and
dragstar) complement the Winch well
When a fish takes the bait
and you lock into it with the Winch it is really an unfair fight. The
combination of the Winch’s robust gearing and powerful drag system are more than
enough to manhandle all but the biggest fish. There were a few times during the
field test that the bass dove down into weedy structure once hooked in an effort
to escape. Though the lures would become lodged in the vegetation it was never a
problem to pull out not only the fish from the structure, and they often came
out complete with a mouthful of salad as well.
The Winch's has a relatively deep
spool and can hold 175yds. of 12lb mono
During the field tests we got into a few stripers while targeting largemouth on
the Delta, and it was here that the Winch really showed off the exceptional
carbon-matrix drag. When it comes to sheer stopping power the Winch is an
absolute beast, but with that brawn also comes the beauty of the drag’s
consistently smooth performance. Even when fish try and play tug of war with the
Winch’s drag the carbon-matrix system has a very low startup friction so that
the drag never shudders or feels erratic.
The Revo Winch has a enlarged
gearbox that drops to the side to accommodate the Duragear brass master gearing
In the lab we were not
able to achieve the published 24lbs of counter pressure but we did measure a
close 21.8lbs of pressure which is already nearly double what other reels of
this size and class are able to put out! This drag also extends the usability of
this reel, making it a good choice for both freshwater and inshore hard running
JIP lands a nice bass with the