Maxel HY25-BG Hybrid Star Drag Reel - Black/Gunsmoke

Maxel HY25-BG Hybrid Star Drag Reel - Black/Gunsmoke

Price: $299.00

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Model
TD Code
DescriptionMax DragWeight (oz.)RatioRetrieve (Inch)BBBraid Cap
yd/lb
ColorPrice
HY25-BG
MXL-0044
Single Speed, Star Drag, Size 252813.75:1317 + 1400 - 30Black / Gunsmoke$299.00 USD
The Maxel HY25-BG Hybrid Star Drag Reel - Black/Gunsmoke features a compact 1-piece aluminium frame, cold forged aluminium spool, and deliver smooth Star Drag performance, even when wet.
  • Precisely Adjustable Star Drag Max 28 lb.Force
  • High Speed 5:1 Retrieve
  • Light, Small, and Powerful
  • Positive Thumb Bar Free Spool with Auto Engagement
  • Click Detent Ergonomic Drag Star Won't Drift
  • Super Strong, Cold Forged Aluminum Spool
  • Powerful Carbon Drag Delivers Wide Range and Smooth Performance, Even When Wet
  • Powerful, High Precision, Heat Treated Stainless Steel Gears
  • Precision Machined, Rigid, One Piece Tempered Aluminum Frame
  • Clutch Bearing Instant Anti-Reverse
  • Seven Super Precise Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Recessed Stainless Steel Reel Seat Sits Low on Rod
  • Five Year Limited Warranty
4 Stars based on 12 reviews
By Michael
Taunton, MA
Gears stripped
July 10, 2019
I was honestly really excited about this reel when I bought it. It was small, lightweight, held a good amount of line, but then on my second trip out using this reel the gears started to grind and the reel stopped working. I was only catching Black Sea Bass off the coast of Cape Cod so there is no reason this reel shouldn’t have been able to handle it as they’re marketed for larger species of fish. Extremely disappointed. I was going to contact the manufacturer direct, however, they’re in China so no luck. I will be contacting TakleDirect tomorrow.
By Eugene
Centereach, NY
Hybrid 25 anti reverse malfunction
November 12, 2018
After 6 uses the antireverse has developed an intermittent malfunction. While using for bottom fishing, when adjusting your line after initial drop the handle will spin in reverse between 1/2 and 3 revolutions.



ProsSize, feel, weight
ConsMechanical unreliable
By John
Conshohocken, PA
Nice and light
October 29, 2018
The reel is exceptionaly light. Has a huge amount of drag. That is where the glamour starts to fade. For a few dollars more you could get into a higher end reel that is smoother than silk. When winding this reel its a bit grainy.Haven't put this reel to through the rigors of fall fishing yet. To be continued ....
ProsSuper light Tons of drag
ConsGrainy
By Michael
Pelham, NY
Fantastic Striper/Blackfish Reel
October 16, 2018
Have had this reel for the better part of a full season now and have nothing but good remarks for it - the drag is smooth and it holds up to rigorous saltwater fishing for Bass and Tog. Would highly recommend!
By Billy
Mesquite, TX
Maxel Hybrid Star Drag 20 Left Hand Retrieve
March 13, 2018
I fell in love with this little reel as soon as I laid eyes on it. The fit and finish is nothing short of perfection. This is the first star drag reel I have ever bought for vertical jigging for small tuna and it is a joy to use. After using nothing but lever drag reels it certainly feels different in use but it performs very well. It has more drag available that you should ever need for this size reel. It's a very light reel as well which is a big plus. It also has a silent retrieve which is a MUST for me personally. It feels as smooth as it looks. I would buy another one without a second thought unless I have a failure which I have had none so far.
ProsMaxel takes the time to remove all machining marks before anodizing the reel so it has a stellar finish. There is no tranquility ruining clicking sounds on retrieve. It is very quite unless you have a fish pulling drag and you expect some sound from this. With a little practice it is easy to cast should you have a need to cast. Needing to cast this reel is rare for me since I use it mostly for vertical jigging but it's nice to know it casts quite well if I see fish busting the surface.
ConsIf I could think of a con I would list it but I see no cons with this reel. It looks great and does exactly what it was designed to do.
By dave
ny
trying not to be too harsh on this reel
March 3, 2018
Alright, let me get this out of the way, I put a beating on my reels, so my problems might not happen to everyone. I got two of these, the 25 and the 20 for blackfish and sea bass. For the short time that I had these reels, they were some of the best reels I have owned, but that title for me quickly ended. The 20 started having engaging problems after just 3 blackfish trips eventually ending in the drag failing and the handle spinning backwards. Then the 25's handle broke off while togging. Honestly, I really wish I could recommend this reel, it has an amazing design and fishes really well. Maybe I just pushed the reels too hard, but I feel like any sort of reel shouldn't start having major problems that soon. The accurate bv-300 is an amazing reel if you're willing to spend a little extra money and convert over to a lever drag. I have never had any problems with mine for the past two years despite using it for nearly everything in our Northeast waters.
Proslight, high drag, decent line capacity,
Consdrag problems, engaging problems, broken handle
By HKJonathan
New York, NY
Excellent reel
January 9, 2018
This is a tiny reel with lots of power. Very smooth drag. Also, has a nice design feature.... you just press the thumb bar to free spool.
By THE K.
Middletown NJ
Great Reel
August 29, 2017
Used only for fluke and seabass so far, worked great. I expect it will work as well for blackfish.
By taigue
HUNTINGTON, NY
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME
August 3, 2017
great light heavy duty hardcore machine. winch up giant togs
Proslightweight heavy drag very nice looking
Consnone
By KAD
NJ
Excelent
July 14, 2017
Compact, smooth reel with a lot of guts!
By George
East Elmhurst, NY
Nice little reel
January 9, 2017
I love reels and practically collect them. And I have them all. But this reel is one Im really excited about and looking forward to breaking in. Just the size and weight is amazing. Feels good in the hand and I love the push clutch. Very ergonomic and if it works half as good as it looks and feels, its a winner
By Jonathan W.
NY METRO AREA
Nice reel
May 11, 2016
excellent combination of light weight
and strength. Can handle fairly large
fish.
ConsThis reel is so small and light and so strong that matching it with a rod that is light enough and still able to tandem its ability to handle big fish is a challenge........ still looking
1 Question & 1 Answer
Grwg
from NJ asked:
December 28, 2017
Would this reel work on a maxel ocean max gold 6'6" rod rated for 15 - 40 lb line, lure at 1 - 6 oz med action... Left handed?
1 Answers
The Maxel HY25-BG Hybrid Star Drag Reel - Black/Gunsmoke can be matched with the Maxel Ocean Max Gold. The right handed model is the only model available.
Donald
on December 29, 2017

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