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Reel Review


Mike Iaconelli's Signature Spinning Reel from Abu Garcia


Date: 11/17/19
Tackle Type: Reel
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.0 - GREAT

By now, you're probably aware of Abu Garcia's refreshed suite of Mike Iaconnelli signature rods and reels that are easily identifiable with their unique paint finishes and purple highlights. Today, we're here to tell you about a product to complete Abu Garcia's IKE lineup - the Revo4 IKE spinning reel.


Abu Garcia Revo4 IKE SP30 Spinning Reel Specifications

Line Capacity - Rated SP30 = 6/225 : SP20 = 6/170
Line Capacity - Spool Volume 12.5 cm3
Retrieve Ratio
Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
25 - 34.5
Weight 7.2 oz
Handle Length 55 mm
Bearings 9HPCR +1RB
Bearings per Knob 2 bushings
Line Roller Bearings 2 bearings
Origin Made in China
MSRP $229.99

Introducing Abu Garcia's Mike Iaconelli Signature Spinning Reel

Impressions: Abu Garcia offers their IKE spinning reel in two sizes, a 20 and 30. The 20 is rated with a capacity of 170 yards of 6lb test while the 30 is specified as being able to hold 225 yards. I fished the 30 size for these tests. Like the casting reel and fishing rods in the IKE signature series suite the spinning reel's body is finished with an iridescent metallic purple paint. The spool, on the other hand is anodized black aluminum with purple accents. It comes equipped with a carbon fiber handle similar to that found on the MGXtreme spinning reel. The handle is capped with a round, EVA foam knob.


This reel is outfitted with a carbon handle...


Just like the casting reel, the IKE spinning reel is an eye catcher though I was a little disappointed that it comes with a standard depth spool. However another interesting touch is the use of a drop shot weight clip on the opposite side of the handle to cap the handle port.

...a round EVA Foam knob...

Real World Tests: I spooled the reel with 6lb YGK G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon and paired it with an IKE Finesse Series 7'4" ML spinning rod (MIKES74-4) and had in mind primarily drop shot applications to see how the reel performs

... and this drop shot weight keeper on the non-handle side of the reel.

Retrieve: Casting, naturally, is a no brainer with spinning reels and turning the handle of the IKE spinning reel, I was pleasantly surprised by a very smooth mesh of gears. In fact, before even mounting the reel on a rod, I spun the handle very quickly, let go, and just held the reel to test the balance of the rotor and other moving components. My IKE30 handled that little test perfectly. The reel did not pull to one side or the other and the operation of the rotor was smooth as it oscillated up and down.

The 30 size comes with a 6.2:1 gear ratio.

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