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The Abu Garcia Cardinal 302 RD Spinning Reel Review

The Abu Garcia Cardinal 302 RD Spinning Reel Review

Although I enjoy all types of fishing, coarse angling has always held a special appeal for me. I like the variety of species a fisherman can stalk as well as the specialised gear required. I’m particularly fond of fishing for pike. To me, this fish is a worthy opponent. For that reason, I want my coarse fishing tackle to be absolutely top shelf. One reel I’ve recently added to my tackle arsenal is the Abu Garcia Cardinal 302 RD spinning reel. Read on for a brief review of this reel, which helps me increase my chance of landing a wily pike.

About the Abu Garcia Cardinal 302 RD Reel

There’s nothing worse than a problem with your gear when you have a fish on the line. Well, I’ve found that this reel from Abu Garcia performs flawlessly, especially when you consider its reasonable price, just 44.99. Recently reworked, the 302 RD has a number of key features, some of which compare favourably with higher priced reels. The reel is sturdily built and quite good looking, with an attractive metallic green finish. The 302 RD features five bearings and a quality brass pinion gear for reliable performance under the most difficult angling conditions.

Features of the Abu Garcia Cardinal 302 RD Reel

With some reels, line twist can be a problem. Not so with the Cardinal 302’s oversized line roller. Line tangles also are a thing of the past, thanks to the spool’s aluminium skirt. A feature I demand on all my reels is instant anti-reverse for positive hook setting. Fewer fish get away when I’m using this the Cardinal 302 RD. Because I’m out for pike, I need a reliable reel that lets me change the drag tension on the fly, in the midst of a challenging fight. The click-type drag adjustment on the 302 RD’s is crisp and precise, even with a large fish on the line. The folding aluminium reel handle is reversible and has a soft-touch knob that’s extremely comfortable. With a graphite body, the reel is tough and built to last.

A Few Specifications

The gearing of the 302 RD is 5.1:1. With a line capacity of up to 200 metres of yards of 4 pound test mono filament line, the reel weighs just 10.2 ounces. If you’re using 6 pound test mono, the reel will hold 175 metres. It comes in a protective soft case and includes a spare graphite spool. The spool is perforated to help reduce the reel’s overall weight.

About Abu Garcia

For over three generations, Abu Garcia has been building high-quality fishing tackle. The company ensures that all gear is thoroughly tested and perfected under the most difficult angling conditions and venues. Abu Garcia has been named “Purveyor To The Royal Swedish Court,” an honour that few companies achieve.

If you’re looking for a great piece of coarse fishing tackle, I highly recommend the Abu Garcia Cardinal 302 RD reel.