Welcome to my review of the best saltwater spinning reels. If you are a serious saltwater angler then these reviews will come in handy as I provide you the best of the best spinning reels for saltwater fishing that you can find. \u200b Be it inshore or offshore saltwater fishing that you are into we have the right spinning reel for you! It makes it easier to find the right find the right spinning reel when you have all the best ones right in one place. These are the 10 of best so take your time reading through these reviews and I know you will come away with the perfect spinning reel for you. Once you find the perfect reel for you then you can go out and catch some monster fish on the ocean. Most of the spinning reels on the market are good for freshwater applications. There are few that can stand the rigors of rough saltwater fishing especially in the deep ocean where you are going to encounter some huge fish. You must have the right spinning reel that can stand up to the saltwater and saltwater air and spray that you get. The reel must be tough as nails as well when you are fighting those very large fish! I put together a buyers guide for you that is at the end of the article . You might want to jump down to the guide first if you would like some help in choosing the best spinning reel for you. Glad to have you here and I hope this article helps you find what you are looking for. So sit back, get a cup o' coffee, soda, beer, tea or whatever your drink of choice is and let's find the right reel for you! 10 Best Saltwater Spinning Reels 2020 Shimano Nasci If you\u2019re looking for a compact spinning reel for light freshwater and medium saltwater applications then the Shimano Nasci would be the one you want. The metal Hagane gear is cold-forged. This ensures that the gears move smoothly and it can also take a beating when you are fishing some crazy weather that the ocean can throw at you! Casting and distance are superb because the Nasci reel sports bearings that are located on each end of the pinion gear. This way the pinion is perfectly aligned with the drive gear of the reel. You will notice this when the gear and the spool shaft move frictionlessly with each other resulting in smooth and far distant casting! And that\u2019s what you need when fishing the ocean waters. With its Coreprotect technology, the Nasci has a water-resistant body, line roller and roller clutch. The Shimano Nasci comes in 5 different models for your fishing pleasure. Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... 1000 7-lbs 5 5.0:1 26" 2\/270 4\/140 6\/110 10\/95 15\/85 20\/65 2500 20-lbs 5 5.0:1 29" 6\/200, 8\/140, 10\/120 10\/150, 15\/145, 30\/100 3000HG 20-lbs 5 6.2:1 36" 6\/230, 8\/170, 10\/140 10\/200, 20\/140, 40\/105 4000XG 24-lbs 5 6.2:1 39" 8\/240, 10\/200, 12\/160 15\/230, 20\/205, 50\/120 5000XG 24-lbs 5 6.2:1 41" 10\/240, 12\/195, 14\/165 20\/220, 30\/200, 40\/160 Penn Fierce lll What can you say about the Penn Fierce III? Well quite a lot. This saltwater spinning reel is ready to take what you have to dish out! The fierce IIIs body is made out of all metal which keeps all the internal components aligned when you are fighting that big fish. You will be able to retrieve fish smoothly with its Techno-balanced rotor. You also have to respect the Superline spool, line capacity rings, aluminum bail wire, and HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers. The pinion ball bearing is now encased which is an upgrade for the 2019 models. \u200b The Penn company has been around for a long time and when it comes to spinning reels and saltwater they know their stuff! Penn is a name you can trust and can go back to time and time again for quality durable fishing reels and rods.\u00a0 \u200b You get to choose from 8 models which are FRCIII1000,2000,2500,3000,4000,5000,6000 and 8000. Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... 1000 9-lbs 5 5.2:1 22" 275\/2 135\/4 105\/6 160\/6 130\/8 110\/10 2000 10-lbs 5 6.2:1 30" 240\/4 180\/6 125\/8 210\/8 180\/10 165\/15 2500 12-lbs 5 6.2:1 33" 255\/6 175\/8 140\/10 240\/10 220\/15 160\/20 3000 15-lbs 5 6.2:1 35" 200\/8 165\/10 120\/12 250\/15 180\/20 130\/30 4000 15-lbs 5 6.2:1 37" 270\/8 220\/10 165\/12 360\/15 260\/20 185\/30 5000 25-lbs 5 5.6:1 36" 225\/12 200\/15 135\/20 420\/20 300\/30 240\/40 6000 25-lbs 5 5.6:1 41" 335\/15 230\/20 210\/25 490\/30 390\/40 335\/50 8000 30-lbs 5 5.3:1 44" 340\/20 310\/25 230\/30 475\/50 390\/65 345\/80 Van Staal X Series If you\u2019re ready to fish hard-fighting tuna or marlin and want the gear to be able to wear them down and win the battle then it\u2019s worth taking a look at the Van Staal X-series bailed spinning reels. These reels are the first time Van Staal has used a titanium bail. Strength and smooth reeling are cornerstones of Van Staal reels. This reel comes in two anodized finishes being black and silver. Van Staal reels are high-end but if you are a serious saltwater angler then they are well worth the price. You get 30 lbs of lock-down drag which will give you the confidence when reeling in those tough fish. If you don\u2019t have a great anti-reverse drag when fishing the sea you are going to lose the game and that fish you have been battling. The drag system is sealed and waterproof so you don\u2019t have to worry about saltwater entering these reels and causing damage. If you haven\u2019t tried Van Staal reels before now is the time to grab yourself one and try out these precision reels for yourself.\u00a0 Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... VS100SX\/VS100BX 40-lbs 10 4.75:1 27" 300\/10 350\/20 VS150SX\/VS150BX 40-lbs 5 5.5:1 38" 360\/12 440\/30 VS200SX\/VS200BX 40-lbs 10 5.5:1 38" 400\/15 500\/40 VS250SX\/VS250BX 50-lbs 5 6.0:1 50" 350\/20 600\/50 VS275SX\/VS275BX 50-lbs 5 6.0:1 50" 425\/20 400\/80 Penn Torque II Spinning The second spinning reel from Penn in our list is the Torque II. This is a high-end spinning reel that has a full metal body, rotor, and side plate. Included in the Torque II is a 10, count them 10 stainless steel ball-bearing system for a very smooth reeling experience.\u00a0 It also boasts a sealed drag system with Dura-Drag. You will enjoy the anti-reverse on this reel with its silent back up ratchet. You have line capacity so you know exactly how much line you have to work with. The whole body and spool are IPX6 sealed. You also get CNC gear technology and a Superline spool comes on it. The price tag is high on this one but well worth the money if you\u2019re looking for a top of the line spinning reel that will stand the saltwater and the test of time. You will be able to fish heavy-duty inshore or offshore applications. The Penn Torque II is also proudly made in the USA! \u200b You have 8 models to choose from. 3 of them come in gold color and the other 5 come in silver. Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... 5500 40-lbs 10 5.5:1 38" 330\/12 \u00a0290\/15 \u00a0200\/20 540\/20 400\/30 280\/50 5500S 40-lbs 10 5.5:1 38" 330\/12 \u00a0290\/15 \u00a0200\/20 540\/20 400\/30 280\/50 5500BLS 40-lbs 10 5.5:1 38" 330\/12 \u00a0290\/15 \u00a0200\/20 540\/20 400\/30 280\/50 7500 50-lbs 10 6.0:1 50" 490\/15 340\/20 300\/25 470\/50 390\/65 340\/80 7500S 50-lbs 10 6.0:1 50" 490\/15 340\/20 300\/25 470\/50 390\/65 340\/80 7500BLS 50-lbs 10 6.0:1 50" 490\/15 340\/20 300\/25 470\/50 390\/65 340\/80 9500 60-lbs 10 5.1:1 50" 490\/20 440\/25 330\/30 575\/65 490\/80 425\/100 9500S 60-lbs 10 5.1:1 50" 490\/20 440\/25 330\/30 575\/65 490\/80 425\/100 Shimano Twin Power SWB If you\u2019re looking for an offshore saltwater spinning reel then you will want to take a look at the Twin Power SWB by Shimano. With this reel, you have the technology of Shimano that provides durability and power to battle the biggest fish the sea has to offer. The Twin Power incorporates\u00a0the Shimano Hagane design which makes for a very agile and like the name says powerful spinning reel. The interior components are well protected from the saltwater that can cause havoc with any fishing reel. Made of advanced cold-forged aluminum you can\u2019t ask for a more strong and durable reel. You will enjoy the super smooth spinning power with its 10 plus stainless steel ball bearings system. Just imagine reeling in that tuna or black marlin with as much ease as it takes to reel in a sea bass! You just can\u2019t go wrong with the amazing craftsmanship that goes into all of Shimano's reels. The metalwork is superb as well as being designed for smoothness when reeling. You\u2019re arms and hands will thank you for purchasing the Twin Power SWB after a long day battling the fish out on the open water! Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... 4000XG 24-lbs 10 6.2:1 39" 8\/240, 10\/200, 12\/160 15\/280,30\/170, 50\/150 3000XG 20-lbs 10 6.4:1 37" 6\/230, 8\/170, 10\/140 10\/200,20\/140, 40\/105 5000XG 24-lbs 10 6.2:1 41" 10\/240, 12\/195, 14\/165 20\/220,30\/200, 40\/160 Penn Slammer III Another spinning reel in my top 10 best saltwater spinning reels is the Penn Slammer III. This reel has a sexy look to it that comes in black and red. Penn makes some of the most durable and comfortable spinning reels around and this is definitely one of them. With this reel, you are getting an IP6 seal and spool design. The IP6 seal system protects all the internal gears and special components from spray and saltwater damage that you will most likely\u00a0find when fishing the sea. \u00a0 You get a sealed Slammer drag system with Dura-drag. The side plate, rotor, and body are all made of strong metal which is one of the main qualities you look for\u00a0in a spinning reel. None of that plastic crap that will break when it\u2019s banged around or up against a lot of force.\u00a0 Fighting any huge fish out on the ocean can cause major damage to a spinning reel but with the Penn Slammer III you don't need to worry. You will land that fish and then some without any problems. You get an 8 stainless steel bearing system with CNC technology. This reel comes in 10 models to choose from so there is an option that will fit any of your fishing needs and applications. It\u2019s an all-around great saltwater spinning reel that won\u2019t break the bank. Model Bearings Max drag Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... SLAIII3500 8 30-lbs 6.2:1 37" 480\/4 \u00a0360\/6 \u00a0285\/8 310\/10 \u00a0270\/15 \u00a0220\/20 SLAIII4500 8 30-lbs 6.2:1 40" 425\/8 \u00a0320\/10 \u00a0235\/12 390\/15 \u00a0320\/20 \u00a0250\/30 SLAIII5500 8 40-lbs 5.6:1 39" 430\/10 \u00a0330\/12 \u00a0230\/15 500\/20 \u00a0380\/30 \u00a0335\/40 SLAIII6500 8 40-lbs 5.6:1 42" 390\/12 \u00a0345\/15 \u00a0205\/20 485\/30 \u00a0410\/40 \u00a0355\/50 SLAIII6500HS 8 40-lbs 6.2:1 48" 500\/12 420\/15 255\/20 605\/30 500\/40 420\/50 SLAIII7500 8 50-lbs 4.7:1 38" 490\/15 \u00a0330\/20 \u00a0220\/30 530\/40 \u00a0440\/50 \u00a0400\/65 SLAIII8500 8 50-lbs 4.7:1 42" 455\/20 \u00a0310\/30 \u00a0260\/40 730\/40 \u00a0600\/50 \u00a0555\/65 SLAIII8500HS 8 50-lbs 5.3:1 50" 490\/25 330\/30 280\/40 955\/40 805\/50 760\/65 SLAIII9500 8 60-lbs 4.2:1 40" 350\/30 \u00a0300\/40 \u00a0240\/50 730\/50 \u00a0670\/65 \u00a0435\/80 SLAIII10500 8 60-lbs 4.2:1 43" 435\/30 \u00a0360\/40 \u00a0255\/50 845\/50 \u00a0780\/65 \u00a0540\/80 Penn Spinfisher VI Introducing another great saltwater spinning reel from Penn. The Spinfisher VI! This is one hell of a saltwater spinning reel thats fairly priced. It\u2019s in the medium range of price when it comes to Penn fishing reels. The Spinfisher VI comes with Ht-100 carbon fiber drag washers, CNC gear technology, Superline spool and a full metal body for added durability. You get their line capacity rings on the spool so you know exactly how much line you have left to work with. And 6 ball bearing system helps for a smooth reeling experience. The CNC gear systems allow for a precision alignment that can withstand heavyweight from the monster fish you would come across on the sea. The spool is fully sealed so no saltwater will get into and damage the internal components. \u200b 5500 models and below have a machined aluminum gear and the 6500 models and up have a machined brass gear. Well built strong and durable. Also the smoothest casting you will find.\u00a0 You get a whopping 11 models to choose from with the Spinfisher VI! They're available in standard, live liner, long cast, and bail-less models. That\u2019s 11 reasons to look into owning this spinning reel. If there isn\u2019t a reel to fit your fishing style out of these 11 then I don\u2019t know what to tell ya! Model Bearings Max drag Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... SSVI2500 6 15-lbs 6.2:1 33" 255\/6 175\/8 140\/10 240\/10 220\/15 160\/20 SSVI3500 6 15-lbs 6.2:1 37" 360\/6 285\/8 220\/10 310\/10 270\/15 220\/20 SSVI4500 6 20-lbs 6.2:1 40" 425\/8 320\/10 235\/12 390\/15 320\/20 250\/30 SSVI4500BLS 6 20-lbs 6.2:1 40" 425\/8 320\/10 235\/12 390\/15 320\/20 250\/30 SSVI5500 6 25-lbs 5.6:1 39" 430\/10 330\/12 230\/15 500\/20 380\/30 335\/40 SSVI6500 6 30-lbs 5.6:1 42" 390\/12 345\/15 205\/20 485\/30 410\/40 335\/50 SSVI6500BLS 6 30-lbs 5.6:1 42" 390\/12 345\/15 205\/20 485\/30 410\/40 335\/50 SSVI7500 6 35-lbs 4.7:1 38" 490\/15 330\/20 220\/30 530\/40 440\/50 400\/65 SSVI8500 6 40-lbs 4.7:1 42" 455\/20 310\/30 260\/40 730\/40 600\/50 555\/65 SSVI9500 6 45-lbs 4.2:1 45" 350\/30 300\/40 240\/50 730\/50 670\/65 435\/80 SSVI10500 6 50-lbs 4.2:1 43" 435\/30 360\/40 255\/50 845\/50 780\/65 540\/80 Shimano Thunnus C14 If you\u2019re talking offshore fishing then you want to check out the Shimano Thunnus C14. When it comes to heavy-duty offshore saltwater fishing you want to stick with a brand you can trust and that brand is Shimano. This company has stood the test of time and proven themselves year in and year out when it comes to fishing rods and reels. You won\u2019t be running into any wind knots with the propulsion line management system that this reel has on it. Just smooth long-distance casting is what you are going to find. The C14 is the carbon fiber that Thunnus is made out of which is 20% stronger than graphite! Now we are talking strong!! This fiber is also lightweight and it won\u2019t rust. We all know rust is a huge problem when fishing on the ocean so with this spinning reel you won\u2019t have to worry about that. The spool speeds stay consistent with its built-in Varispeed technology. Your retrieve will be smooth and sensitive with the Dyna-balance which counterbalances the rotor. With this reel, you will be able to fish any bait in any condition you can think of. Lightweight smooth retrieve. The Thunnus C14 is a spinning reel you will want to have with you when you are out of the open sea. You have four models to choose from with this reel. Model Bearings Max drag Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO BRAID... TU120000C14 7 25-lbs 4.4:1 37" 12\/550,16\/350,20\/265 50\/505,65\/310,80\/230 TU4000C14 7 15-lbs 4.8:1 30" 8\/240,10\/200,12\/160 15\/270,20\/190,40\/145 TU6000C14 7 20-lbs 4.8:1 35" 10\/300,12\/265,16\/170,20\/120 30\/245,50\/210,65\/130 TU8000C14 7 20-lbs 4.8:1 36" 14\/295,17\/250,20\/195 14\/295,16\/350,20\/265 Okuma Cedros It\u2019s high speed and durable and it\u2019s called the Okuma Cedros saltwater spinning reel. This reel might be small but it packs a big punch and the price is something to smile about! The Cedros was built especially for deep water vertical jigging. It will stop the toughest of fish with the Okuma Dual Force Drag system. The drag washers are \u00a0Japanese made multi-disc felt washers. This creates a smooth drag. The side plate and frame are made out of diecast aluminum. The spool is two-toned anodized ported. It comes with a blue anodized machined handle. And everything is treated with a corrosive resistant coating. The kind of coating you want to protect it from the saltwater. It has a pinion gear that is machined precisely out of brass. There are 4 HPB corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings and one anti-reverse roller ball bearing. You also have an Elliptical Oscillation System and a hydro-block watertight drag seal so you don\u2019t get any of that nasty saltwater in your drag system which eventually ruins a spinning reel. What you have here is an excellent deep sea spinning reel made by the Japanese that know saltwater fishing and they know their reels. The Okuma Cedros comes in four models to choose from. Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE MONO CJ- 40S 20-lbs 5 6.2:1 35" 270 yds.\/8 lb.,190 yds.\/10 lb.,170 yds.\/12 lb. CJ-55S 24-lbs 5 6.2:1 41" 240 yds.\/15 lb.,380 yds.\/10 lb.,340 yds.\/12 lb. CJ-65S 31-lbs 5 5.8:1 42" 310 yds.\/15 lb.,430 yds.\/12 lb.,260 yds.\/20 lb. CJ-80S 33-lbs 5 5.7:1 46" 260 yds.\/25 lb.,350 yds.\/20 lb.,420 yds.\/15 lb. Accurate Twin Drag SR If you\u2019re fishing the deep blue for gamefish that are hard pulling like the tuna or billfish then you will want to get your hands on the Twin Drag spinning reel by Accurate.\u00a0 The spool has two large friction washers on either side of it. This provides for a smooth consistent drag every time. All your fishing applications are covered with the six model types that the Accurate Twin Drag comes in. Here are some of the main features that this spinning reel has to offer. \t14 Class-5 ABEC Stainless Steel Bearings \tPatented Twin Drag System \tAccudrags \tStainless Steel Spring and Clips \tDrag Pre-set knob on the end of the spool \tErgonomically Designed \tStainless Steel Gears This reel is made from the best of everything that you would want in a high-end saltwater spinning reel. If quality and performance are what matter to you when you are out battling the fish of the deep sea then you will want to be battling those fish with an Accurate Twin Drag spinning reel! Model Max drag Bearings Gear rATIO rETRIEVE BRAID... SR-6 15-lbs 14 5.1:1 26" 200yds\/20lb SR-12 28-lbs 14 5.1:1 33" 425yds\/30lb SR-20 32-lbs 14 5.1:1 39" 425yds\/50lb SR-30 35-lbs 14 6.1:1 54" 375yds\/80lb SR-30L 35-lbs 14 4.1:1 36" 375yds\/80lb SR-50 40-lbs 14 4.1:1 40" 450yds\/130lb What to Look For When Buying a Saltwater Spinning Reel There are a few things you want to keep in mind when purchasing a saltwater spinning reel and in this guide, I will explain those things. \tLight is Best First and foremost in order to keep your wrists from hating you the next day, you will want to choose a reel that is light. A light reel can be used for both inshore and offshore saltwater fishing. A heavy reel can take a toll on your arms after a long day of fishing. So picking a light reel will ensure that you can go out on the water day in and day out with as little fatigue as possible! \tRivets Matter Make sure there are strong rivets that hold the knob to the handle. If you have weak, thin-looking rivets chances are the handle of the reel won\u2019t be able to stand the riggers of saltwater fishing. The last thing you want while battling with that monster fish is to have the knob fall off! That would be the end of the battle and the fish would win. \tCorrosion Resistant You will want to make sure that the bearings of the reel are sealed and protected from the damage that saltwater will cause. If the information provided from the manufacturer doesn\u2019t clearly state what kind of protection that is used to reduce corrosion then you need to look for a different reel. \tHandle Ergonomics The handle should be designed so that it is comfortable in your hand. There is nothing worse than a handle that is uncomfortable especially when trying to reel in a massive fish. \tMax Drag Not That Important The maximum drag is not as important when considering a saltwater spinning reel. The average person can only handle about 15-20 pounds of drag. So purchasing a reel with high max drag makes no sense because you wouldn\u2019t be able to handle it anyway. \tLine Capacity Matters Depending on how you will be fishing you will want to make sure you have enough line capacity for your reel. You don\u2019t want to run out of line when fishing the ocean. Capacity is key especially with narrow reels and long rods. \tCan the Reel Handle Braid You will want a spinning reel to be able to handle braided line. Check the specifications to ensure that the reel will work well with braided line. So check to make sure there are no open spots on the ends of the bail roller in which thin braided line can get caught. \tThe Material of The Spool A quality spinning fishing reel will have a spool that is made of metal. If it is plastic it is more likely going to break on you. So invest in a reel that has a solid metal spool which will end up saving you money in the long run. \tAnti-reverse Lastly, you want to pick a spinning reel that has an automatic instant anti-reverse feature on it. You want to make sure that handle locks when you lock it. You don\u2019t want any play in it because that will cause wearing and grinding on the gears which are not good things. Now that you have an idea of some of the things to look for when purchasing a saltwater spinning reel you can pick the best one that will get you that monster fish you have been waiting to catch. Conclusion So there you have it from my perspective. 10 of the best saltwater spinning reels that are on the market. A few are best for inshore fishing and a few are great for offshore fishing. And some of them are great for both. Anyone of these reels will work great for saltwater fishing. To recap here are the 10 reels that I have reviewed in this article. \tShimano Nasci \tPenn Fierce III \tVan Staal X Series \tPenn Torque II \tShimano Twinpower SWB \tPenn Slammer III \tPenn Spinfisher VI \tShimano Thunnus C14 \tOkuma Cedros \tAccurate Twin Drag SR I hope you got some useful information from these reviews so that you can make an informed decision on the right saltwater spinning reel for you. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below. Until next time Happy Fishing!