The Abu Garcia Black Max is one of the best-selling budget baitcasting reels, due to its great built quality and design. However, a great reel can still lead to a horrible fishing experience if you are not using the right line. I have made this buyer’s guide for those of you that are looking for the best line for the Black Max reel.
Go for a monofilament line if the Black Max is your first baitcasting reel
If you are only starting out as a baitcaster, I strongly recommend that you start with a monofilament line. Here is why:
- It is the most cost-effective line type, which will make backlashes and bird’s nests less frustrating.
- A mono-line is the most elastic of the three line types, which makes untying bird’s nests a lot easier. A bird’s nest is basically one big knot.
The Berkley Trilene Big Game is a great pick for the Abu Garcia Black Max. For the price, it is super strong and quite shock resistant. The latter is important for beginners because backlashes are unavoidable when starting out, and backlashes usually put a lot of pressure on the line.
The Trilene Big Game is a known and proven line (look at the number of positive reviews on Amazon!). I have linked to the 900-yard spool, which is far more than the max capacity of the Black Max. Here are the three reasons why you should buy a lot of mono-line, to begin with.
#1: You will waste a lot of line at the beginning of your baitcasting journey because of backlashes. Even though the Black Max is among one of the best beginner’s reels, you will still get some backlashes. From personal experience, having a lot of mono-line available will make the backlashes less frustrating, because you know you have plenty of line to re-spool your reel.
#2: Mono-line is a great backing-line for anglers on all levels. As you get more experience with the Black Max, you probably want to try out the more expensive line-types, while using the Trilene Big game as a backing line to save some money.
#3: Mono-line should be a part of every angler’s inventory. Period. It is useful in so many situations that it is not even worth thinking about whether you should bring a backup mono-line next time you are going fishing.
I do not recommend using a mono-line below 12 pounds. Thinner lines tend to dig into itself, leading to some very unwanted knots.
Best Black Max line for non-beginners
If you have some experience fishing with a baitcasting reel, then I recommend you spool the Black Max with a fluorocarbon line. Fluorocarbon lines are a great fit for the Black Max (and many other baitcasting reels), because of the stiffness and abrasion resistance of the material. Here are the four reasons why you should use fluorocarbon for the Black Max.
#1: Fluorocarbon-lines are less elastic than mono-lines. You will feel the subtle movements of your bait, and you will be able to react faster when a fish strikes your bait.
#2: The stiffness of fluorocarbon lines makes it almost as easy untying knots as with monofilament lines while being a lot less elastic.
#3: Fluorocarbon lines are almost invisible underwater, reducing the risk of scaring the fish. This is especially useful when fishing in clear water, where fish are more likely to notice the line.
#4: All fluorocarbon lines are more abrasion resistant than the other two line-types, which is a huge upside if your usual fishing-waters contains rocks or roots.
I recommend going for the Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon 12 Pound Test.
It is among the best-selling fluorocarbon lines in the U.S. When used with the Black Max, the Berkley Vanish enables a very smooth cast. This also makes the Vanish excellent for long distance casts, because of the low friction during the cast. Furthermore, it is literally invisible in the water.
If the above-mentioned lines does not fit your needs, check out my complete buyer’s guide for finding the best baitcasting line