REVIEW: Mitchell Avocast Black Edition reels

REVIEW: Mitchell Avocast Black Edition reels

Mitchell Avocast Black Editions cover all the bases when it comes to big-pit carp reels

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Mitchell Avocast Black Edition 7000/8000

RRP: £89.99 and £99.99 | www.mitchellfishing.com

Mitchell has a reputation for reels that out-dates almost any other competitor on the market. The French company created the first modern spinning reel and created an icon with its famed 300 coarse reel.

It’s safe, therefore, to assume that Mitchell knows what it’s doing when it comes to reels, and these big-pit carp reels certainly demonstrate that.

The Avocast Black front-drag reel, available in either 7000 or 8000 size, has a lovely look to it. The one-touch folding handle is very neatly executed and the all-black finish is very modern.  Even the wooden handle has a dark colouration in keeping with the overall aesthetic.

 This is a very good-looking reel

This is a very good-looking reel

The 4.3:1 ratio cranks in 83cm of line per handle turn on the smaller model and 98cm on the larger one, and there are four ball bearings in the reel plus one in the bail-arm roller.

 The line lay is decent

The line lay is decent

The slow oscillation of the spool delivers decent line lay and the greased-felt multi-disc drag system appears very smooth.

 The Avocast Blacks follow in a long tradition of Mitchell reels

The Avocast Blacks follow in a long tradition of Mitchell reels

The line capacity on the 7000 is a monstrous 415m of 0.35mm line, while the 8000 is quoted as able to take 375m of 0.40mm line.

Shop around for very competitive deals well below the stated RRP.

Mitchell Avocast FS Black Edition 7000/8000

RRP: £89.99 and £99.99 | www.mitchellfishing.com

 The FS has a freespool function

The FS has a freespool function

Much like the Avocasts above but with the addition of a freespool function, the FS reels are ideal if you prefer the foolproof nature of a Baitrunner-type big pit.

The innards of this reel are basically the same as on the front-drag versions, but the spools are slightly smaller. The 7000 model can hold 230m of 0.35m line.