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Best Spinning Reel Ever Made

Shimano Stella Sw

Highlights:

  • Infinity Drive – lessening of the up and down motion of the shaft
  • Heatsink Drag – allows the drag to work up to 50 percent better when under extreme pressure

  • X-Protect – outstanding protection against the effects of the salt spray

  • X-Rigid Rotor – creating balance that is ideal across the board

Best Saltwater Spinning Reels

Best for Big Game Fishing

Daiwa BG8000 BG

Highlights:

  • A great reel for catching some of the biggest species at sea.
  • Perfect for use by both beginners and experienced fishing enthusiasts.
  • An aesthetically pleasing design.
  • Can cope with strong drags and is durable.
  • Gear ratio: 5.3:1.
  • fishing line capacity: 30oz (850g) Mono Line Capacity (lb/yds): 20/550, 25/440, 30/370

Best Left-hand Reel

Slow Pitch Jigging Reels 66lbs

Slow Pitch Jigging Reel

Highlights:

  • Left-handed reel, an uncommon feature.
  • Durable materials, help you to fish with this reel for years to come.
  • Smooth operations for a better fishing experience.
  • Can be used to catch some of the largest fish.
  • Gear ratio: 6.3:1.


Best Off Shore Reel

Penn Fathom Lever Drag

Penn Fathom Lever Drag

Highlights:

  • You can catch some of the largest fish available with this reel.
  • Protected from the damaging impact of seawater for long life.
  • Has a quick switch to ensure you’re pulling in the catch with the right settings.
  • Is perfect for beginners and experienced fishing enthusiasts.

 

Best Value Saltwater Reel

KastKing Kapstan Elite

KastKing Kapstan Elite

Highlights:

  • Available in different sizes so you can choose the reel that is best for your fishing location.
  • Strong, robust design.
  • Perfect for beginners and experienced fishing enthusiasts.
  • Affordable pricing at each size.
  • 5.7.1 gear ratio
  • fishing line capacity: 10/130, 12/110, 14/90

Best Inshore Fishing Reel

Penn Clash II

Highlights:

  • Available in several different sizes, so you can get the reel you need.
  • Made with sea water-resistant materials.
  • Cost-effective reel that is suitable for all skill levels.
  • Strong, robust construction.
  • 5.2.1 gear ratio for the 1000
  • fishing line capacity: 275/2 135/4 105/6 for the 1000

Most Versatile Reel

Most Versatile Seawater Reel

Penn Pursuit III

Highlights:

  • Versatile, available in many different sizes.
  • Great materials protect the reel from damage from seawater.
  • Perfect for experienced and beginners.
  • A large potential range of fish can be caught with this reel.
  • 6.2.1 gear ratio for the 2500
  • fishing line capacity: 255/6 175/8 140/10 for the 2500

Best Freshwater Spinning Reels

Best Spinning Reel Ever

Shimano Stella Sw

Highlights:

  • Infinity Drive – lessening of the up and down motion of the shaft
  • Heatsink Drag – allows the drag to work up to 50 percent better when under extreme pressure

  • X-Protect – outstanding protection against the effects of the salt spray

Best reel for the money

Shimano Stradic FL

Highlights:

  • Variety of sizes from light to heavy
  • An 87 percent five start rating on Amazon
  • A price that will not break the bank




Best Spinning Reel For Bass

Shimano Stradic Ci4+

Shimano Stradic Ci4+

Highlights:

  • Designed for the freshwater angler in mind – hands down
  • Smooth drag
  • Precision casting ability
  • Water resistant drag


Best Spinning Reel For Trout

Abu Garcia® Silver Max

Highlights:

  • One of our favorite mid-range spinning reels
  • Smooth retrieves
  • Best with braided lines
  • Titanium coated line guide reduces friction

Best Ultralight Reel

Shimano Spirex FG

Highlights:

  • The smallest of the Shimano line if not the majority of ultralight reels on the market
  • QuickFire II casting system
  • Five ball bearings, 6.2:1 gear ratio and a spool that fires line better than most

Best Steelhead Spinning Reel

Okuma Avenger ABF

Highlights:

  • Extreme smoothness & durability during retrieves
  • Excellent balance
  • Infinite cast control drag knob
  • Several anti-reverse options