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Spinning Reel Reviews

Daiwa Fuego LT Review

In this review of the Diawa Fuego LT, we will take a look at this new reel that was released at the 2017 ICAST event.  Based on the reels name, we would have to ask ourselves is this really a HOT, LIGHT & TOUGH reel -  let's dig in and see. As many of you who...

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Penn Clash Review

In this review of the Penn Clash Spinning Reel, we will take a look at the reel that was first debuted at the 2015 ICAST show. The Penn Clash is another in a long line of reels from Penn and fits in between the Penn Spinfisher V on the lower price point and the Penn...

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Shimano Thunnus Ci4 Review

Do you like lightweight reels and fishing with cut or live bait, but have a need for something larger than a 4000 series?  If you answered yes then this review of Shimano Thunnus Ci4 Saltwater Spinning reel might be just what you have been looking for. Shimano...

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Shimano Stella SW Reel Review

The Shimano Stella SW Spinning Reel has been called a lot of names including "The King of Saltwater Spinning Reels" and "The Premier Big Game Spinning Reel on the Market Today".  With names like that and a reputation that follows comes the high price tag.  In this...

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Shimano Spheros SW Review

The Shimano Spheros SW is the newest version of the Spheros model and was first released in 2014.  In this review of the Shimano Spheros SW, we will take a look at how it compares to other reels from Shimano such as the Shimano Stella SW and the Shimano Saragosa SW...

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Shimano Socorro SW Review

In the Shimano Socorro SW review, we will take a look at Shimano's offering for what I would classify as a no-frills saltwater fishing reel that falls in the "average" price range for a good reel.  While at first glance the Shimano Socorro SW spinning reel looks to be...

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Baitrunner Spinning Reels Explained

What is a Baitrunner Spinning Reel? So what is this reel they call a Baitrunner or Free Spool as some refer to it all about?  If you are not familiar with the Baitrunner reel, then let me explain. They are used when you want to fish with either live or cut...

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Shimano Sustain FI Spinning Reel Review

I just got back from ICAST and this year's Winner of the "Best of Category - New Saltwater Reel" was the Shimano Sustain FI.  The Shimano Sustain has been around for a time now but underwent its first modification in seven years this last year to kick this premium...

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Shimano Baitrunner D Review

If you have been considering the purchase of a Baitrunner reel then the Shimano Baitrunner D is a good place to get started.  If you are not familiar with the Baitrunner reel, then let me educate you on this reel. They are used when you want to fish with either live...

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5 Best Saltwater Spinning Reels Under $100 for 2018

I want to answer the question that I often get - "What is the best saltwater spinning reel under $100".  The first question that you have to answer for yourself, is what type of fish are you going to be targeting with this saltwater spinning reel. We have selected...

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Shimano Saragosa SW Review

The Shimano Saragosa has been on the market for a number of years with its last revision in 2013.  if you have been looking at Shimano's lineup of larger fishing reels for your offshore fishing, then the Saragosa is going to fall below the Twin Power SW and the Stella...

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Shimano Twin Power SW Reel Review

In this Shimano Twin Power SW review, we will look at a fishing reel has been available in the Japanese market for a number of years and was finally introduced to US marketing in the summer of 2015.   The Shimano Twin Power SW spinning reel fits nicely between the...

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Quantum Smoke Inshore PT Spinning Reel Review

Here is another Quantum reel that is designed specifically for inshore saltwater fishing.  In this review of the Quantum Smoke Inshore PT Spinning Reel, I will try and show you why some people have come to call this reel the "Speed Freak" and why I think that Quantum...

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Quantum Cabo PTSE Review

The Quantum Cabo PTSE was released in 2015 after being completely redesigned.  When Quantum redesigned the Cabo, they kept the name for marketing purposes, but effectively came out with an all new reel specifically designed for saltwater fishing.  In this review of...

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Daiwa BG SW Spinning Reel Review

In this review of the Daiwa BG SW Spinning Reel, we will take a look at what makes this Daiwa reel such a good bang for the buck.  The new Daiwa BG saltwater fishing reels were released in the spring of 2016 as the newest version of the extremely popular Daiwa Black...

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Pflueger Purist Spinning Reel Review

In this review, I will take a look at the Pflueger Purist Spinning Reel which is the next model up from the Pflueger President Spinning Reel.  One of the things that I like about this reel other than it is lightweight tackle is that it has a sealed carbon fiber drag...

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Penn Slammer III Spinning Reel Review

In this review, I will take a look at the newest of the Penn Slammer saltwater spinning series of reels. The Penn Slammer III was released in 2016 and was a winner for best new product at iCast 2016 in the category of "Best Saltwater Reel". So what is it that has made...

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Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

Maybe you are familiar with the Shimano Stradic line of fishing reels and their different variations. What makes the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ different and worth the extra few dollars when compared to the Shimano Stradic FK?  Let us find out in this review. The Shimano...

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Okuma Azores Review

In this review of the Okuma Azores, you will begin to hopefully understand why I think that this reel is one of the best deals going for a larger spinner that is designed for offshore use.  If you don't have a big budget or don't fish offshore on a regular basis and...

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Okuma Inspira Review

If you are looking for a great spinning reel without breaking the bank then you really have to look no further.  Okuma Fishing is a brand that has been around for just over 30 years manufacturing both fishing reel as well as fishing rods and seems to be bringing a...

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Okuma Helios SX Review

In this review of the Okuma Helios SX spinning reel, we will look at the new features that were released in the summer of 2016 that make the Helios SX an even lighter and tougher reel.  Okuma has leveraged new technologies and materials to make the Helios SX a very...

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Pflueger Patriarch Spinning Review

The Pflueger Patriarch spinning reel is a high-quality reel that I would place at the high end of what I refer to as the Deluxe category of reels between $101 - $250.  In this review, we will take a look at what makes the Pflueger Patriarch a solid choice for the...

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Daiwa Saltist Spinning Reel Review

The Daiwa Saltist spinning reel is as the name implies, a reel designed specifically for saltwater fishing.  The Daiwa Saltist fishing reel comes in 7 models ranging from a SALTIST2500 all the way up to a SALTIST8000 to cover a wide spectrum of different lures and...

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Penn Pursuit II Spinning Review

The Penn Pursuit II or Penn Pursuit 2 is the entry level reel in the Penn series of spinning reels and is an affordable reel that features a very lightweight and corrosion resistant graphite body, metal side plate and a graphite rotor.  If you are looking for your...

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Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel Review

The Penn Fierce II or Penn Fierce 2 is a quality reel from a great manufacturer that has been around for decades which is why I have decided to do a review on it.  The Penn Fierce II was first released in the fall of 2015.  Penn has been producing a large number of...

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Penn Spinfisher V Review

The Penn Spinfisher V spinning reel is just as the name would suggest, the 5th generation of the Spinfisher reel. It was first released at ICAST in 2012, where it won Best New Saltwater Reel of 2012.  The first of the Penn Spinfisher line, the 700 reel, began...

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Penn Conflict Reel Review

The Penn Conflict was introduced in the fall of 2013 and is positioned just above the Penn Battle II and below the Penn Conquer. The Penn Conflict is designed and is typically most popular in the 1000 - 3000 size range - for the nearshore or inshore fisherman that is...

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Okuma Makaira Spinning Reel Review

In this review of the Okuma Makaira reel, we will explore that amazing technology and quality that has been built into this big game spinning reel.  Okuma talks about how this reel is derived from their 4D concept which focuses on the core performance elements which...

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Okuma Avenger Reel Review

In this review of the Okuma Avenger reel, we will look at the two different models in this series.  First, there is the Okuma Avenger B and then there is the Okuma Avenger ABF "B" series.  I did not do a separate review on the two different models as the primary...

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Shimano NASCI Reel Review

The Shimano NASCI spinning reel is a high quality fishing reel at an affordable price point that is suitable for both freshwater as well as light to medium saltwater fishing applications.  In the Shimano NASCI reel review, we will look at how Shimano incorporates...

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Pflueger President Review

The Pflueger President reel was completely redesigned and re-released in the fall of 2011. This reel although inexpensive still provides a lot of quality features at a price point that is very affordable starting at around $59.  While the Pflueger President would not...

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Pflueger Supreme XT Spinning Reel Review

In this Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reel review, I will tell you why it is one of the lightest spinning reels in its class and why I would consider it to be a solid choice in a mid-priced spinning reel.  The Supreme XT is equally good for both freshwater and...

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Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reel Review

Well, Shimano has done it again with the release of the new Stradic FK reel. For those of you familiar with the legendary Shimano quality, it will be no surprise that this reel is quite, durable and beautiful while providing an extremely smooth retrieve rate of...

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Penn Battle II Saltwater Spinning Reel Review

In this Penn Battle II review, I will show you why it is one of the best all-around reels you can buy for your hard earned money.  One of the things I love is that Penn has been able to keep their price point affordable for the average angler, while still producing a...

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