QUANTUM CABO REEL REVIEW
Looking for a cost-effective spinning reel with guts? Then Dave Magner reckons the Quantum Cabo may be what you’re chasing.
As you may have seen from my previous reviews, I’ve owned a number of Quantum reels over the years and they have given me great service on a value-for-money basis. That’s why I’ve always been happy to recommend them to anyone looking for a quality reel at an affordable price.
OLD FAVOURITE QUANTUM REEL
One of my favourite Quantums was the old style Cabo 60, which I used as a heavy-duty jigging reel for many years. I remember buying it on special from the local tackle shop for a very reasonable price and that particular reel did a great job, landing stacks of Tuna, Mackerel, Trevally, Queenfish and even the odd Cobia.
That reel stood up to heaps of torrid jig sessions before I finally went a bit overboard and tried fishing 60-pound braid with a locked up drag. Of course, the reel was never designed for that sort of punishment but I was simply trying to find a way to stop some of the big whaler sharks that kept stealing hooked fish from me up at Hammond Rock in the Torres Strait. While trying, I managed to snap a couple of rods and in the end, I finally blew the gearbox on the Cabo. In all fairness to the reel, however, I pushed it way beyond what you can reasonably expect from that sort of spin reel.
NEW QUANTUM CABO CSP50 REEL
Anyway, the good people at DINGA Online recently sent me one of the new Cabo range to review. The new Cabos have been beefed up to make a good reel even better. The CSP50 which I received holds 225 yards of 12lb mono (which translates into almost 300m of good quality 15kg braid) and features an aluminum body and side cover, 8 ball bearings, a titanium bail with magnetic trip, continuous anti-reverse, a ceramic drag system and a new shaped spool lip for increased casting distance.
NEW VS OLD
While they clearly share a combined heritage, the two Cabos couldn’t look much more different. The new model has a skeletonized design with numerous cut-outs to reduce weight. The handle has been radically reshaped and even the titanium bail arm is much thinner and more angular. The whole reel just looks a lot more modern and dare I say ‘trendy’.
Despite all the cutouts though, the reel is still built to withstand the stress of offshore fishing. The bearings are sealed and the drag is waterproofed. All the tolerances are tight and it just feels light but strong in the hand.
Given my experience with the old model, the first thing that caught my eye was the upgraded body and side plate. When the gearbox went in my old reel, it was the graphite side plate which flexed and allowed the gears to blow out. I’m confident that won’t happen with this reel due to the stronger materials and construction. I’ve already given it a serious workout on some hard running tuna and it just feels rock solid under pressure.
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