Best Baitcasting Reel Reviews For 2021
When asking what the best baitcasting reel is, you first have to determine where you are going to be fishing, freshwater or saltwater. The next thing to consider is what is your anticipated budget.
I say anticipated because once you start to understand the difference between the lower priced reels especially for saltwater applications and a more expensive reel that offers say sealed bearings and a sealed body you might change your mind.
When we do a baitcasting reel review, it is unbiased as we purchase or borrow these reels, they are not provided by the manufacturer so there is no expectation of getting a “good review” in trade for equipment.
It is very important to us that you know we will point out the bad as well as the good and we will do our best to steer you in the right direction for the type of fishing you want to do.
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When doing our reviews we look at things such as:
- Material Used For Construction
- Types of Bearings
- Manufacturing Process
- Gear Ratios
- Retrieval Rates
- How it Performs On The Water
- Pros and Cons
- Suggested Alternatives
Our objective is to provide you with all the information you need to make the most informed purchase you can from the comfort of your home.
Below are the manufacturers we have completed reviews for. Click thru to the individual manufacturer’s page and you will see a list of all the reels we have reviewed.
If there is a particular baitcasting reel that you would like to see a review for, please shoot us an email and let know.
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Best 13 Fishing Baitcasting Reels
13 Fishing is one of the younger companies in the market these days, but don’t let that make you think they don’t have a good product.
13 Fishing has proven to deliver quality reels especially in the baitcasting segment of the market and they are quickly getting known for their innovation. When we were at ICAST 2017, 13 Fishing unveiled their new Concept Z low profile baitcasting reel that has no ball bearings which has proven to be a great reel.
Read all the 13 Fishing Baitcasting Reel Reviews HERE.
Best Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels
Abu Garcia has been building tournament winning baitcasting reels for decades and offers a full lineup of reels from entry-level thru mid-level alll the way up to the top of the line Revo MGX. Probably one of the best know in the lineup is the Revo STX which is now on its 4th Generation.
These are excellent reels for the money and should be looked at closely if you are considering a low-profile baitcasting reel.
Read all the Abu Garcia Reel Reviews HERE.
Best Daiwa Baitcasting Reels
Daiwa is one of our favorite brands due to how smooth and well engineered their reels are.
When you think of baitcasting reels one name that you will hear over and over again is Tatula and one of the features you will hear about is the T Wing System or TWS.
Daiwa offers a wide range of baitcasting reels for everything from pitching and flipping for small species up to the larger Lexa 300 and Lexa 400 for larger gamefish.
Read all the Daiwa Baitcasting Reel Reviews HERE.
Best Quantum Baitcasting Reels
Quantum is one of a handful of Zebco brands of reels and has been in business since 1984. They are primarily known for producing excellent baitcasting reels for bass fishing, however, they have several spinning reels that consistently are praised for their quality.
The Quantum Smoke S3 PT baitcaster is an excellent quality saltwater focused low profile baitcasting reel that is in its 3rd generation.
Read all the Quantum Baitcasting Reel Reviews HERE.
Best Shimano Baitcasting Reels
Shimano is well known for both spinning reels and baitcasting reels and has a full lineup that has got you covered from the lighter weight Curado K and Curado 70 to the larger Tranx 300/400 and the monster Tranx 500 for your large gamefish.
As you probably already know, Shimano has a reputation for building quality reels that are smooth and durable. When it comes to baitcasting reels there are a number of professional anglers that choose to have nothing but Shimano reels on their boats.
Read all the Shimano Baitcasting Reel Reviews HERE.