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8 Different Types of Fishing Rods

8 Types of Fishing Rods. Three fishing rod and reels leaning against a ships railings. Blue Skies and calm sea in background.

Learning about the different types of fishing rods will help you decide which one is best for the kind of fish you want to catch. Fishing rods come in all different lengths and sizes. There are two questions you want to ask yourself before you choose a fishing rod.

  1. What kind of fishing are you going to be doing?

  2. What kinds of fish do you want to catch?

Once you can answer those two questions you will have an easier time choosing the right fishing rod for you. 

All fishing rods are obviously used for one thing to take the brunt of the force when you are fishing. But there are 8 different types of rods that function a little differently from one another and are meant for certain functions and fishing techniques.

The following are 8 main types of fishing rods and in this article, I will explain each one of them and the uses for each.

Rod Type

Function

Casting Rod

Accurate casting long distances

Spinning Rod

Most popular rod

Fly Rod

Used for fly fishing

Telescoping Rod

Extendable/collapsible rod. Saves on space and is convienient

Offshore Rod

Deepsea fishing on a boat or ship

Surf Rod

For inshore fishing

Ice Fishing Rod

Short rods used for ice fishing.

Trolling Rod

Used for trolling for fish.

8 Types of Fishing Rods


1. Casting Rods

Boy fishing with a casting rod and spin-cast reel.

A young angler waits for a fish to take his bait Saturday during Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany's 25th annual Buddy Fishing Tournament held at Covella Pond here.

Casting rods are meant to be used in conjunction with bait-casting reels or spin-cast reels. The eyelets on these types of rods face up and the line pushes against the rod when you are fighting with a fish. The great part about having the eyelets on top of the rod instead of hanging below the rod is that they have a lesser chance of breaking.

The proper way to hold a casting rod is hold it in your hand with your thumb at the top of the rod handle and the rest of your fingers wrapped around the rod handle. The reel should be facing up at you. The eyelets that go down the length of the rod should be sitting up on the rod.

Bait-casting rods and reels are a little harder to learn then spinning rods and reels because of the backlash you can get from bait-casting reels but once you get the hang of them and have experience fishing with them they are much more accurate then the spinning rod and reels are.

You can cast farther with a casting rod than with a spinning rod mainly because of the different reels. These rods come in many different lengths and strengths so you can fish for all types of fish species from bluegills to musky.

Here’s a fishing tip for ya. If you are a beginner angler you could use a casting rod with a spin-cast reel. Spin-cast reels are much easier to learn how to use than a bait-casting or for that matter a spinning reel. You need to use a casting rod with a spin-cast reel anyway.

The casting rod in itself is not hard to learn to cast with. It’s the bait-casting reel that’s the tough thing to learn here. 

2. Spinning Rods

Spinning rod

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Spinning rods usually come in sizes between 5 and 9 feet. They are similar to casting rods but have some main differences that I will explain here. Unlike casting rods spinning rods are just the opposite. The eyelets face down below the rod. The spinning reel also faces down below the rod.

With spinning rods, the eyelets take more of the force of the line pulling down on them. This makes them more likely to snap and break compared to casting rods that have the eyelets on the top. The eyelets are bigger on spinning rods which helps lessen the friction the line causes to the eyelets.

Spinning rods and reels are the most popular of all the rod and reels that you will find on the market. They are easy to learn how to maneuver and cast and they do a pretty darn good job for what they are made for.

An angler will usually hold the rod with his or her dominant hand and reel with their other hand. This is done  so the stronger hand can have a stronger grip of the rod when bringing the fish in.

I wouldn’t recommend fishing for musky using a spinning rod but anything smaller like pike to bass to sunfish is a good choice with a spinning rod. I don’t recommend the bigger fish with these types of rods mainly because they are lighter than casting rods. But I’m sure others might differ from my opinion.

The Best Spinning Reels Can Be Found Here.

3. Fly Rods

Man fly fishing in stream.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Bradley Wells, with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Fleet Week New York, casts out a line during a fly fishing event hosted by Project Healing Waters in Long Valley, New Jersey, May 26, 2018. The service members attended the fly fishing event as part of Fleet Week New York, which was hosted to give Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen the opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate capabilities, and teach the people of New York about America’s sea services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bethanie C. Sahms)

Next, we have fly rods. There are many sizes and lengths of fly rods. It all depends on what type of fish you are trying to catch. Fly rods are used for you guessed it fly fishing. This is where you use what is called a fly tied to the end of the line and cast out to the water. There is a big learning curve when it comes to casting a fly rod. It takes technique and timing to get it right.

Fly rods don’t extend below the reel. The eyelets on a fly rod are called snake eyes and they keep the line from tangling when casting. Fly rods can get rather expensive but you can find them in the cheaper range as well. The more expensive they are the better materials they are made of.

Most fly rods are made of composite fiber which is light but durable and the more expensive rods will have a corked reel mount. Fly rods usually come in sections and have a wheel looking reel. Although there is a type of fly fishing called Tenkara that has no reel to it. Tenkara is kind of new to America but has been around for a long time in Japan.

You can fly fish for a number of species such as small stream trout to large saltwater fish like black marlin. It all depends on the size of the fly rod that you use.

If you're interested in getting into fly fishing then check out my fly fishing beginners guide it shows you everything you need to know to get started with fly fishing

4. Telescoping Rods

Extendable rods or telescoping rods are a convenient way to transport your fishing rod. It’s also a big space saver.

All you have to do is collapse your rod when you are done and it will fit in your trunk or the backseat of a car without having to bend the rod which can cause damage if left that way for long periods of time. You can even put it in your backpack.

Most telescoping rods can extend between 6 and 10 feet long or more. Also, most of these types of rods are spinning rods so you will need a spinning reel to go with them. There are combos you can purchase these kinds of rods.

Telescoping rods open and close rather easily but there are a few steps that you will want to follow when opening and closing these rods.

Opening a Telescoping Rod

When opening the rod you want to be careful so you don’t put any side pressure on the rod. Pull each section out starting with the tip and going to the bottom. Making sure each section locks in place as you go. Go slow so sections don’t get stuck, twisted and damaged.

When you have the rod fully extended give it a shake. If you hear a clicking noise that means that one of the sections wasn’t fully extended and locked. Find the section that’s not fully extended and extend it.

Closing a Telescoping Rod

Closing the fishing rod you start at the bottom and work your way until the top is the bottom. Do this slowly holding each section at the joint. You loosen the joints by holding the two joints and pull them apart. Then you slide the sections into each other. 

Every rod will not be the same so make sure that you consult the instructions that come from the manufacturer.

5. Offshore Rods

Man fishing with an offshore fishing rod wearing a fighting belt.

These types of rods are used for fishing in a boat or ship in the ocean. Offshore rods are short extremely tough fishing rods. This allows the angler to have the leverage needed while sitting or standing on a boat to land those monster fish. Think shark or swordfish!

You need to use heavy, thick line when fishing with these rods because of the sizes of fishing you will be going after. 

The tips on these rods are big and the eyelets are extremely large because of the thick line you will be using. Large bait and tackle are used when fishing with these rods

Offshore rods have long straight handles or bent handles. The straight handled rods are to use in conjunction with fighting harnesses when battling a sailfish or other huge deepsea fish.

The bent handled rods are to be put in rod holders that are on the boat. Many of these rods will have roller guides. Having these guides makes the line move smoothly and cause less friction along the rod.

6. Surf Rods

Surf fishing rods in holders on beach.

Surf rods are used for fishing saltwater fishing along the beaches and bays of the ocean. These are extremely long rods up to 15 feet in length. The length of the rods is for long casting that needs to be done because of the high waves that accompany fishing from the shore.

When using these rods you will be casting out heavy terminal tackle and you will be catching enormous fish that fight hard like shark or redfish.

The handles are long and strong which can be placed in a rod holder or you can use what they call a fighting belt with these rods. 

There are travel versions of surf rods which come in one, three, four and five-piece versions making for easy transport while on vacation or flying in an airplane.

You will want to make sure you have the right line and tackle depending on the surf conditions and what type of fishing you are going to fish for. Conditions change fast in the ocean so you might want to have a few different rigs set up when you surf fish.

These rods are paired with spinning reels. And as you would think the reel seats connect the reel to the rod very securely because you don’t want to lose a fish that’s on the end of your line by your reel falling off.

The price of these rods can get expensive as you could imagine. Some of them going as high as $600 for a St. Croix Legend rod. But there also are some more reasonably priced surf rods as well. You will want to shop around before purchasing these types of rods.

7. Ice Fishing Rods

Ice fishing rod on frozen lake.

Ice fishing rods are of course used for ice fishing. These are short rods between 18” to 48” in length. These rods can support a reel but some of them are just the rod with the fishing line wrapped at the bottom. They are compact and short so that you can fish with them in an ice house which usually there is limited space to fish.

If you are going to be hopping from hole to hole you will want the longer versions of these rods. The shorter ones are used for fishing in your ice shack.

When ice fishing you will want to bring a few rods with you so you can cover multiple holes. Many ice anglers will use tip-ups as well to cover multiple ice holes. Ice fishing rods are strong but light so as they can detect the slightest nibble at the end of your line.

The rods that have reel seats use spinning reels so the rod itself is of the spinning rod type. And of course, there are fewer eyelets then there longer spinning rod counterparts.

You can get ice fishing rods by either purchasing the rod individually or purchasing a combo rod reel together. One great thing about ice fishing rods is they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Which is good because you will be spending plenty of other equipment you will need for ice fishing like an ice house, warm clothes, and an ice auger.

Before you go purchasing a rod and reel combo take a look at my review on 7 of the best ice fishing rod reel combos. You will find some of the best combos on the market.

8. Trolling Rods

Trolling rods on back of a boat.

Trolling rods as the name suggests used for trolling on a boat. You can use these rods for fishing any type of fish fresh or saltwater. They fit in rod holders that you would place in the back of your boat. They are made of fiberglass and graphite with long corked handles that slip into the rod holders.

You can get these rods in one or two-piece and some of them are of the telescoping type for easy storage. Some of the rods you use with downriggers. These rods are more flexible than the other trolling rods because they pull up when the downrigger is triggered.

Trolling reels or baitcasting reels are usually used with trolling rods. These rods need to be strong to hold the terminal tackle that is used and for fighting big fish. Some rods of this type are meant for use with large spinning reels but that’s not the norm.

There are some trolling rods that are designed for certain types of fish species like musky, walleye and salmon.

Some of the trolling rods have roller guides and specialized tips. You would typically find these types of rods in use with wire trolling lines. If you are using braided or wireline you want the guides to be made of stainless steel because of the abrasiveness of the line.

The reel seats need to be secure so the reel stays in place while heavy forces from huge fish fight on the end of the line.

Usually, anglers who fish frequently use these types of reels because they can be expensive especially for the rods that are designed for a certain type of fish species.

Conclusion

There you have it. 8 different types of fishing rods. It’s important to understand the main types of fishing rods so that you can choose the right rod for the type of fishing you're going to be doing. To recap here are the main types of fishing rods.

  1. Casting Rods - Great for casting long distances with high accuracy.

  2. Spinning Rods - Easy to learn how to use and they are the most popular of all rods.

  3. Fly Rods - Used for fly fishing.

  4. Telescoping Rods - Extendable and collapsible rods.

  5. Offshore Rods - Used for fishing on the deepsea on a boat or ship.

  6. Surf Rods - Used for fishing inshore bays and from the beach on the ocean.

  7. Ice Fishing Rods - These are used for ice fishing.

  8. Trolling Rods - Used to troll fish behind a boat.

Many different types to choose from for many different uses. I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope you got some useful information about fishing rods. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below. 

Thank you and Happy Fishing!

Different Types of Fishing Reels – A Helpful Guide

Different types of fishing reels. Baitcasting, fly fishing, spinning and spincast reels.

What are the different types of fishing reels? That is the question. It is also a very good question to ask when you are just getting started in the world of fishing. It’s a good question because the reel is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will want to acquire in your fishing arsenal.

But first, you will want to choose which type of fishing rod you want to use and then choose the reel that is right for the rod. So assuming you have picked a rod I will explain the different types of fishing reels and their uses.

4 Different Types of Fishing Reels


There are four types of fishing reels that you can choose from before going out fishing. The four types of reels are:

  1. Bait-casting Reel
  2. Spinning Reel
  3. Spin-cast Reel
  4. Fly Reel

Bait-casting Reels

Baitcasting spinning reel

There are two main kinds of bait-casting reels. They are round style and low profile.

Round Style

The round style are the more traditional type of bait-casting reels. They hold more line than the low profile reels but your line can get tangled up easily with these reels. This is the style you want if you are fishing for the monsters of the sea because they can put up with the fight of a large fish.

Low Profile Style

Low profile bait-casting reels are lighter and smaller than the round style reels. They produce less backlash and don’t tangle as easily as the round ones do. This style is not quite as accurate as of the round style but still can get your line pretty close to where you want it to be. Low profile reels are best used for large species freshwater fishing like lake trout, musky or catfish.

Bait-casting reels are best for the more experienced angler. It takes quite a bit of practice to learn how to operate a bait-casting reel. You need to control the spool using your thumb which can be tricky to learn.

Once you do get the hang of how they work bait-casting can be one of the best reels to use fishing because they are extremely accurate casting reels. When you cast your line you can stop the line by pushing a button on the reel at the exact spot you want. This makes for excellent pinpoint accuracy that anglers love about the bait-casting reels. 

Most of the bait-casting reels come with an open face. They are best used with heavy test line and big heavy lures. You will be able to fight some monster fish with these reels because there are many gears in these reels. For every revolution of the handle, the spool turns three times giving you extreme power against the fish.

So naturally you probably guessed but baitcasting reels are popular with the saltwater anglers who go after the larger sized fish species like Marlin or swordfish. Saltwater anglers also love these reels because you can cast long distances with them. Which is important when casting into the ocean.

Spinning Reels

Spinning fishing reel.

Spinning reels are the most popular of all the reels. This is because they are easy to use and you can do most types of fishing using these reels. The reel itself hangs below the rod, unlike bait casting and spin casting reels that are located above the rod.

All you have to do with a spinning reel is hold the bail arm open when you are casting and let go when your lure or bait hit the spot on the water that you were aiming for. You also need to keep your fingers on the line before you cast and let go when you cast.

With spinning reels, you want to use light no heavier than 20 pounds test line. Line capacity is excellent on these reels and there's no backlash with spinners.

There are six main components on a spinning reel. They are:

Drag

This component is located in the front of the reel on top of the spool. With the drag you can adjust the tension of the fishing line on your reel. By tension I mean how much the fish is going to feel when its yanking on your line.

Bail Arm

The bail arm is the curved piece of metal lever that you flip when casting your line. Doing this lets your line loose so that it can be cast. You let it flip back when casting is complete.

Reel Handle

The handle that you use to retrieve the fishing line.

Line Spool

The spool holds the fishing line.

Line Roller

The line goes from the spool to the line roller to the rod.

Reel Foot

The reel foot holds the reel to the rod. It’s held to the rod by a screw or some type of tightening mechanism.

It can be a daunting challenge trying to decide on the right spinning reel to choose from. There are so many different kinds on the market.

 If you're in the market for a new spinning reel then do yourself a favor and check out my review of the best saltwater spinning reels here. These spinning reels are rated for saltwater fishing but can also be used for freshwater fishing as well.

Spin-casting Reels

Spincast Fishing Reel.

Spin-casting reels are good reels for beginning anglers to use. There’s not a lot that can go wrong with these reels. All the critical components are enclosed with a cover that screws or pops on and off for protection from line tangling and the elements getting in. You won’t have any backlash with this type of reel.

The fishing line comes out a hole in the cover. A button opposite of the cover lets the line release when you push it and it stops when you let go. Very easy to cast. But this type of reel is not as accurate as the spinning and bait-casting reels. And you won't be able to cast as far as you could with  the other reels.

Spin-casting reels are good reels for beginning anglers to use. There’s not a lot that can go wrong with these reels. All the critical components are enclosed with a cover that screws or pops on and off for protection from line tangling and the elements getting in. You won’t have any backlash with this type of reel.

The fishing line comes out a hole in the cover. A button opposite of the cover lets the line release when you push it and it stops when you let go. Very easy to cast. But this type of reel is not as accurate as the spinning and bait-casting reels.

Fly Reels

Fly fishing reel.

The last of the main types of fishing reels is the fly reel. What are the fly reels used for? You guessed it fly fishing. These reels are a lot different than all the other types of fishing reels.

I’m not sure why they even call these reels because you don’t even reel the fish in with them. They are only on the fly rod to hold the fishing line but they provide tension or drag which is important when fighting big fishing at the end of your line.

The main things you want to consider when choosing a fly reel is that you want one that won’t rust. When you are fly fishing your reel is going to get wet. You are probably going to get wet as well because you are usually in the water likely a river or a stream when you are fly fishing. So a rust-resistant fly reel is very important.

The other thing you want to know is the weight of the line you're typically going to be using and choose a fly reel that’s compatible with the weight for the line you are using. There are various sized fly reels and the prices can vary wildly so due your homework before choosing a fly reel for the first time.

If you're interested in getting started fly fishing then you will want to check out the guide I wrote about fly fishing for beginners. The fly fishing beginners' guide will show you what equipment you need to get started and some useful tips to get you catching those delicious trout that a lot of us crave.

Which Fishing Reel is Right For You?


Now that you have an idea of what different types of fishing reels are out there it is your turn. To recap there are four main types of fishing reels to choose from.

Bait-casting

There is the bait-casting reel used mainly by experienced anglers. They are the most accurate of all fishing reels. You use them when you are fishing large types of fish and for saltwater fishing. They handle heavier weight lines and large lures.

Spinning

Then we have the spinning reels. These are the most popular of all the reels. They are easy to cast for long distances. You can catch a variety of fish using spinning reels. They are ideal for intermediate experienced anglers.

Spin-casting

Next, we have the spin-casting reels. These are great reels to use as a beginner. They are easy to cast but they don’t cast as far as the other reels. These are the most inexpensive of all the reels but they won’t tangle or give you backlash and all the main components are protected by a cover.

Fly

Last, are the fly reels. These reels are used exclusively for fly fishing. There are many varieties and prices vary on these types of reels. You will want to choose a  fly reel that is rust-resistant and is rated for the right weight of line you will be fishing with.

I hope you got some useful information from this article. Thank you for reading and If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments section below. As always Happy Fishing!

How to Clean a Spinning Reel – Helpful Guide Shows You How

Person's hand holding a spinning fishing reel.

Knowing how to clean a spinning reel is crucial to the continued performance of your spinning reel. Spinning reels are one of the most important pieces of fishing equipment that you could own. So you will want to clean your reel properly by removing dirt, debris, and saltwater that can accumulate on and in your reel.

These little particles can get in your reel and cause damage and corrosion that could become irreversible. That’s the last thing we want. You have spent your hard-earned money on this equipment and you want to keep it as pristine as possible.

If you adhere to the following guidelines your spinning reel should last for years to come. Without further ado let’s jump right into the dirty little details. 🙂

How to Clean a Spinning Reel Properly

Saltwater Usage

Saltwater is one of the worse things that can happen to your spinning reel. If you are a saltwater angler you will want to clean your reel more often than a freshwater angler would. You will want to clean it after every fishing outing that you go on.

Freshwater Usage

If you are a freshwater angler you will probably want to clean your spinning reel about once or twice a year. I will usually clean my reel once in the middle of the fishing season and then when I’m done fishing for the season. That way you don’t put it away wet so to speak.

Items Needed For Cleaning a Spinning Reel

Items use for cleaning a spinning reel. Spinning fishing reel with spool detached. Toothbrush, phillips head screwdriver, toothpicks q-tips, 3 sticky notes 1,2,3 written on them, lubricant cleaner, towel.

You will need a few every day around the house type of items to clean your reel with.

Here’s what you need:

  • Phillips head screwdriver or screw gun with a Phillips insert.
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Q-tips
  • Toothpicks 
  • Toothbrush
  • WD-40 or a similar brand lubricant
  • Reel Grease
  • Ball Bearing Oil
  • Clean towel or rags that you can get dirty and stained

Once you have these items you are ready to clean.

First Clean the Outside of the Spinning Reel

Cleaning the outside of your reel is the easiest and doesn’t take long at all. You can do this after every fishing outing that you go on if you like. You can use a hose with a light mist of water to clean the salt and dirt off the outside of the reel. Next whip it off with a clean, dry towel or rag.

Whatever you do don’t dunk it in a bucket of water even though bearings and components are sealed it is not good practice to put your reel in water if you absolutely can help it.

Next, take the spool off and then you will want to lower the axle of the reel so that it is in a downward position. You can do this by turning the handle. After that, spray the body of the reel with WD-40 making sure to have the rotor and spool axle away from you while you are spraying.

Now take the towel and whip down the body of the reel. This will clean the dirt and grime from the outside of the reel. Pretty easy right?

Cleaning the Internal Components of the Spinning Reel

Now that the outside is nice and clean you will want to start disassembling your spinning reel so that you can clean the internal parts of the reel.

I recommend taking your reel apart piece by piece taking special note of the parts that come off so that you can reassemble them in reverse order from the way you disassembled them. A good way to keep track of the parts is to get a pad of posted notes and put the part on the posted note with a number that corresponds with the part 1, 2, 3, etc. Then you would assemble the parts in reverse order after cleaning.

Take out little parts like springs with the tweezer. This ensures that you won’t lose any parts while you are disassembling them. The tweezers also make it a lot easier putting the small parts back as well.

Grease the Gears and Oil the Bearings

Grease and oil can.

Once you have everything disassembled, check the gears in the reel make sure that grease doesn’t look black or have dirt and grime in it. The only reason the gear grease would be dirty is if you dropped it in mud or dirty water. If the gears have dirt in the grease then you will need to take the gears out and clean them with the Q-tips. Make sure that you align them right when you put them back in. If the gears are misaligned you are going to damage the reel and or it won’t work.

If the grease seems clean then all you have to do is dab a little grease using a toothpick onto the bottom and top of the gear teeth. The block that holds the gears should be greased as well on the top and bottom.

Clean the ball bearings with a biodegradable cleaner and then oil them using only one drop of oil per ball bearing.

Cleaning of Parts

Now you will want to clean all the parts with a biodegradable cleaner. There are special rod and reel cleaners that you can buy but you can also just use Simple Green or WD-40. Clean the parts scrubbing with a toothbrush and toothpicks to get into the small crevasses. This is the most important part of the cleaning process. Make sure all sand, grit, and dirt are out of the component parts before reassembling.

When All is Said and Done

Once you have sufficiently cleaned all the internal parts of the reel, greased and oiled everything that needs it then you can start reassembling all the parts. As long as you numbered the parts as I mentioned earlier you should have no problem reassembling them in reverse order from how you disassembled them.

Once the reel is put back together spin the reel and make sure it works the way it’s supposed to. The good thing is that it’s not that difficult as long as you have everything laid out and individually numbered. You only need to do this once or twice a year if your fishing freshwater but if your saltwater fishing you might want to do this after every fishing excursion.

At the very least for saltwater fishing clean the outside of the reel every time. Now that you know how to clean a spinning reel you will be able to keep your reel corrosion and damage-free for years to come.

I hope I have provided you with useful information on how to take care of your spinning reel. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer each and every one of them. As always Happy Fishing!

 

7 Best Ice Fishing Rod Reel Combos – Catch More Fish with These Combos!

7 best ice fishing rod reel combos. Man ice fishing with rod and reel.

It’s once again that time of year to start thinking ice fishing. In this article, I have included 7 of the best ice fishing rod reel combos that can all be found on Amazon. It’s important to have a quality rod and reel that’s comfortable for you to handle while out in the cold tundra of ice fishing.

There are a variety of rod and reels that work well for ice fishing. So sit back relax and let’s find you the perfect ice fishing rod and reel combo so you can catch some monster fish with this ice fishing season.

7 Best Ice Fishing Rod Reel Combos


1. Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2

shakespear ugly stic GX2

The Ugly Stik GX2 is Shakespeare's next-generation rod reel combo. This is a  modern-looking rod reel combo. They are built for a light feel that helps you detect any little tug you get on your lure or bait while you are jigging.

The guides are made of stainless steel and are one piece. You get a ported aluminum spool. You will appreciate the twist-lock reel seat with the EVA handle.

You get three size choices with the GX2 they are

  • 26” - Light
  • 28” - Medium
  • 30” Medium-Heavy

Some of the features that come with the GX2 combo are:

  • Ugly Tuff Guides
  • Ugly Tech Construction
  • Ugly Stik Clear Tip Design

This is a lightweight but strong rod reel combo. You will definitely get some solid ice fishing done with this combo. You can purchase the GX2 spinning rod reel combo on Amazon.


2. Berkley Cherrywood Ice Fishing Spinning Combo

berkley cherrywood ice fishing spinning combo

Berkley is a big name in fishing line but did you know they also make rods and reels? Well, they do and they made my list of one of the best ice fishing rod reel combos. Introducing the Berkley Cherrywood ice fishing spinning combo.

With the Cherrywood you get your choice of three combos:

  • 24” - Ultra Light
  • 27” - Light
  • 30” - Medium

The frame of the rod is made of lightweight graphite with a full corked handle. You get 4 + 1 stainless steel ball bearings for a smooth retrieve. Instant anti-reverse is included and you can interchange the reeling handle from left to right or visa Versa.

The spool is made of ported aluminum and it comes pre-spooled with Berkley Trilene XL fishing line. 

This is a very affordable ice fishing rod reel combo from a brand that you can trust. Check them out on Amazon today.


3. Frabill Telescoping Jiggler Long Rod Ice Fishing Combo

frabill telescoping jiggler long rod ice fishing combo

If your big into jigging which most of us ice anglers are you will want to check out the Frabill telescoping Jiggler long rod ice fishing combo. You get a choice of two different length rods which are 54” and 64”.

Longer ice fishing rods are great for hole hopping but can be a challenge in enclosed portable ice houses because of the length. But if you prefer standing and going from hole to hole these longer poles seem to help hook set easier then the shorter rods.

The Jiggler collapses to a 36” length so you can easily put it in a standard rod case making it easy to transport.

You get one ball bearing in the reel. The drag is smooth with a 1:1 reel ratio and the line feeds straight off of the spool so you won’t get any line tangling and tackle spin which can be a huge problem when you are out on the ice and it’s a pain trying to untangle line and tackle when the temps are dipping down below zero.

So if you are a long rod ice angler and you want an affordable long ice fishing rod for your specific angling technique. Do yourself a favor and check out the Jiggler by Frabill. For sale on Amazon now.


4. Berkley Lighting Rod & Reel

Berkley lighting rod reel combo

Here we have Berkley again on our list. This is the Berkley Lighting rod & reel. With this reel you get your choice of three sizes:

  • 24” - Ultralight
  • 28” Medium-light
  • 32” Medium-heavy

The reel is size 20 and it has an aluminum ported spool. Your fingers will thank you because of the corked handle that’s ergonomically made. The reel is made of ultralight graphite. You get an interchangeable retrieve left/right.

You will appreciate the guides which are 20x stronger and 55% lighter than the widely used aluminum oxide guides. Making the lighting rod reel combo live up to its name.

The rod is made of solid fiberglass for durability and is lightweight. Now that’s a combination you will want when you are out on the ice. You will really love the oversized guides that won’t freeze shut on you. It’s never fun when your line gets frozen in the guides. It’s even worse when you finally get a hook on a fish and the line is frozen there.

Grab your Lighting rod reel combo on Amazon today!


5. Shakespeare Glacier

Shakespear glacier ice fishing rod and reel combo.

Next up on our list is the Glacier spinning rod reel combo by Shakespeare. Shakespeare is the maker of Ugly Stik. They produce some quality rod and reels. Their ice fishing gear is no different.

The Glacier comes in six different styles:

  • 24” Ultralight
  • 26” Light
  • 26” Medium light (lady)
  • 28” Medium (lady)
  • 28” Medium light
  • 30” Medium

The stem is extended for more clearance. Made of solid fiberglass and 15-degree tilt for better line flow. The handle is EVA with graphite sliding rings. The guides and inserts are made of stainless steel so they won’t rust.

Nice little ice fishing combo that won’t break the bank. You can check them out on Amazon.


6. 13 Fishing Whiteout

13 fishing whiteout ice fishing rod reel combo.

13 Fishing is a company that has been around for a while now and they produce quality fishing gear. We have two ice fishing combos from 13 Fishing in our list. The first one is called Whiteout.

The Whiteout is a 23.5” Ultralight rod that’s made out of Toray Carbon. You get Evolve performance guides and Evolve carbon divide reel seat with this combo. A five ball bearing system comes in the reel. You will love the instant anti-reverse that the reel offers for a smooth retrieve.

The handle is made of aluminum with an aluminum spool and EVA handle. Line capacity is 4/160 6/160 8/70.

You can buy the Whiteout on Amazon.


7. 13 Fishing White Noise Light

13 fishing white noise light ice fishing rod and reel combo

The last combo in our list is the White Noise light by 13 Fishing. The rod blank is made out of Toray graphite. You get Evolve electric blue guides and a hidden Evolve reel seat. The handle is made of aluminum with a soft-touch knob. You also get anti-reverse for a smooth retrieve.

The length of the rod is 25” and the reel handle is interchangeable for left or right-handed folks. The line capacity for the White Noise Light is 4/160 6/160 8/70. You can find the White Noise Light on Amazon.


Conclusion

There you have it 7 of the best ice fishing rod reel combos reviewed for you. Ice fishing can be a fun sport as long as you have the right quality gear. I hope I have helped you make an informed decision on the right combo for you.

Once again here are the 7 ice fishing rod reel combos that I recommend:

  1. Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2
  2. Berkley Cherrywood
  3. Frabill Telescoping Jiggler Long Rod Ice Fishing Combo
  4. Berkely Lighting Rod & Reel
  5. Shakespeare Glacier
  6. 13 Fishing Whiteout
  7. 13 Fishing White Noise

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below. And as always Happy Fishing!

Best Saltwater Spinning Reels 2019

 

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. 


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 2019

Shimano Nasci

If you’re 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’s what you need when fishing the ocean waters.


With its Coreprotect technology the Nasci has a water-resistent body, line roller and roller clutch.


The Shimano Nasci comes in 5 different models for your fishing pleasure.

Shimano Nasci Spinning Reel


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.


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. 


You get to choose from 8 models which are FRCIII1000,2000,2500,3000,4000,5000,6000 and 8000.

Penn Fierce III Spinning Reel

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’re 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’s 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’t 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’t have to worry about saltwater entering these reels and causing damage. If you haven’t tried Van Staal reels before now is the time to grab yourself one and try out these precision reels for yourself. 

Van Staal X Series Spinning Reel

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. 


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’re 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!


You have 8 models to choose from. 3 of them come in gold color and the other 5 come in silver.

Penn Torque II

Model

Max drag

Bearings

Gear rATIO

rETRIEVE

MONO

BRAID...

5500

40-lbs

10

5.5:1

38"

330/12  290/15  200/20

540/20 400/30 280/50

5500S

40-lbs

10

5.5:1

38"

330/12  290/15  200/20

540/20 400/30 280/50

5500BLS

40-lbs

10

5.5:1

38"

330/12  290/15  200/20

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’re 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 the 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’t 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’t 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’re arms and hands will thank you for purchasing the Twin Power SWB after a long day battling the fish out on the open water!

Shimano Twin Power SWB Spinning Reel

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 find when fishing the sea.

 

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 in a spinning reel. None of that plastic crap that will break when it’s banged around or up against a lot of force. 


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’s an all-around great saltwater spinning reel that won’t break the bank.

Penn Slammer III Spinning Reel

Model

Bearings

Max drag

Gear rATIO

rETRIEVE

MONO

BRAID...

SLAIII3500

8

30-lbs

6.2:1

37"

480/4  360/6  285/8

310/10  270/15  220/20

SLAIII4500

8

30-lbs

6.2:1

40"

425/8  320/10  235/12

390/15  320/20  250/30

SLAIII5500

8

40-lbs

5.6:1

39"

430/10  330/12  230/15

500/20  380/30  335/40

SLAIII6500

8

40-lbs

5.6:1

42"

390/12  345/15  205/20

485/30  410/40  355/50

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  330/20  220/30

530/40  440/50  400/65

SLAIII8500

8

50-lbs

4.7:1

42"

455/20  310/30  260/40

730/40  600/50  555/65

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  300/40  240/50

730/50  670/65  435/80

SLAIII10500

8

60-lbs

4.2:1

43"

435/30  360/40  255/50

845/50  780/65  540/80


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’s 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.


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. 


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’s 11 reasons to look into owning this spinning reel. If there isn’t a reel to fit your fishing style out of these 11 then I don’t know what to tell ya!

Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Reel

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’re 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’t 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’t rust. We all know rust is a huge problem when fishing on the ocean so with this spinning reel you won’t 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.

Shimano Thunnus Spinning 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’s high speed and durable and it’s 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  Japanese 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’t 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.

Okuma Cedros Spinning Reel

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’re 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


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.

  • 14 Class-5 ABEC Stainless Steel Bearings
  • Patented Twin Drag System
  • Accudrags
  • Stainless Steel Spring and Clips
  • Drag Pre-set knob on the end of the spool
  • Ergonomically Designed
  • Stainless 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!

Accurate Twin Drag SR 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.


  • Light 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!


  • Rivets 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’t 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.


  • Corrosion 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’t clearly state what kind of protection that is used to reduce corrosion then you need to look for a different reel.


  • Handle 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.


  • Max 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’t be able to handle it anyway.


  • Line 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’t want to run out of line when fishing the ocean. Capacity is key especially with narrow reels and long rods.


  • Can 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.


  • The 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.


  • Anti-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’t 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.

  • Shimano Nasci
  • Penn Fierce III
  • Van Staal X Series
  • Penn Torque II
  • Shimano Twinpower SWB
  • Penn Slammer III
  • Penn Spinfisher VI
  • Shimano Thunnus C14
  • Okuma Cedros
  • Accurate 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!


Penn Battle II Spinning Fishing Reel – Don’t Leave Port Without It!

Penn Battle II Spinning Fishing ReelToday I’m doing a review on the popular Penn Battle II spinning fishing reel. This reel is loaded with new updated features that make it one of the best saltwater reels around.

The battle II comes in eight different sized models they are 1000, 2000, 2500, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 8000.

This reel works wonders for catching those elusive saltwater gamefish with its durability and high range spinning capabilities. Nothing beats Penn with its durability and speed. To start off I will list some of the pros and cons of this spinning reel.

Pros

  • Five Sealed Stainless Ball Bearings
  • Instant Anti-Reverse Bearings
  • Durable
  • Super-line Spooling
  • No Backing NeededPenn Battle II Model 1000
  • Eight Versions
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • HT-100 Carbon Fiber Drag Washers
  • The body is All Metal
  • Heavy-duty Aluminum Bail Wire

Cons

  • Heavier Than The Original
  • Over Greased

This reel also won best saltwater reel at iCast in 2014. If that doesn’t tell you it’s a saltwater reel sensation I don’t know what will! OK, I explained some of the pros and cons of the Penn Battle II spinning fishing reel now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the details.

There Are Eight Models of The Penn Battle II to Choose From!

The Penn Battle II has eight different models to choose from they are 1000 to 8000. All 8 models come in the same colors Black/Gold/Smoke. The Specifications and Prices for each model size are as follows:

Model Size 1000

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 275/2 135/4 105/6
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 160/6 130/8 110/10
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 9 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 5.2:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 22″
  • Weight = 8.1 lbs
Penn Battle II 1000 - $76.90

Model Size 2000

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 240/4 180/6 125/8
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 210/8 180/10 165/15
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 10 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 6.2:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 30″
  • Weight = 9.8 lbs
Penn Battle II 2000 - $72.90

Model Size 2500

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 255/6 175/8 140/10
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 240/10 220/15 160/20
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 12 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 6.2:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 33″
  • Weight = 10.3 lbs
Penn Battle II 2500 - $74.33

Model Size 3000

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 200/8 165/10 120/12
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 250/15 180/20 130/30
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 15 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 6.2:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 35″
  • Weight = 12.3″
Penn Battle II 3000 - $73.57

Model Size 4000

  • Best Saltwater ReelMono Capacity YD/LB = 270/8 220/10 165/12
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 360/15 260/20 185/30
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 15 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 6.2:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 37″
  • Weight = 12.8 lbs
Penn Battle II 4000 - $84.50

Model Size 5000

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 225/12 200/15 135/20
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 420/20 300/30 240/40
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 25lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 5.6:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 36″
  • Weight = 19.8 lbs
Penn Battle II 5000 - $112.22

Model Size 6000

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 335/15 230/20 210/25
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 490/30 390/40 335/50
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 25 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 5.6:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 41″
  • Weight = 22.1 lbs
Penn Battle II 6000 - $89.90

Model Size 8000

  • Mono Capacity YD/LB = 340/20 310/25 230/30
  • Braid Capacity YD/LB = 475/50 390/65 345/80
  • Number Of Bearings = 6
  • Maximum Drag = 30 lbs
  • Gear Ratio = 5.3:1
  • Retrieve Rate = 44″
  • Weight = 30.2 lbs
Penn Battle II 8000 - $128.71

The number of model sizes are amazing! You can get the smaller sizes for inshore saltwater fishing of fish species like the striped bass and bluefish. The smaller versions would work for freshwater fishing as well.

The bigger models like the  4000, 5000, 6000 and 8000 you would go after your bigger saltwater fish like your sailfish, swordfish and your occasional shark. Yes, I said shark I read that someone pulled in a 125-pound shark with the 6000 model with no problems! Now, that’s what I call a strong reel. With all these model’s it will be hard to decide which one to get.

To Recap

This reel has it all with its full metal body including the side-plates, rotor, and aluminum bail wire this is as durable as it gets in a saltwater reel. Encased stainless steel ball bearings no saltwater is going to penetrate these bearings!

Smooth powerful drag with its trademarked HT-100 carbon fiber drag system. This reel cranks smoothly with its 5 ball bearings and 1 anti-reverse bearing. No backing needed on its superline spool. The spool is braid ready and has three line capacity rings at 1/3, 2/3 and full so you can glance over at your reel quickly and know how many lines you have left.

All models come in black/Gold/Smoke colors. They all come with front drag and right or left reel position. I recommend you pick up one of these Penn Battle II spinning fishing reels. I know you won’t regret it.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. You can also reach me directly cory@tackleboxtalk.com. Thanks for reading and Happy Fishing!

KastKing Speed Demon Pro | Let Your Demon Loose!

Product: KastKing Speed Demon Pro Baitcasting ReelKastKing Speed Demon Pro
Price: $89.98
Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
Shipping Weight: 13.9 Ounces
Warranty: 1-year Warranty
My Rating: 9.7 out of 10

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Today I’m doing a review on the KastKing Speed Demon Pro reel.
This baitcasting reel has it all and at the right price to boot!

The Speed Demon is one of the fastest baitcasting reels with a 9.3:1 gear ratio.
Hard to find this type of gear ratio for this price on the market today.

With its steel ball bearings, golf like grips and a magnetic brake this reel is great for freshwater and or saltwater fishing at a price that won’t put a hole in your budget.

Let’s take a look at some of the features that you get with the  Speed Demon Pro baitcasting reel.

Loaded With Upgraded Features

  • 9.3:1 Gear Ratio
  • 6 Ounce
  • Carbon BodyCarbon Body
  • Double Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Triple Carbon Disc Drag
  • Trilateral Magnetic Brake System
  • Split Main Shaft
  • CNC Aluminum Spool
  • Left Or Right Casting

The Lightweight Carbon Body

The new KastKing Speed Demon Pro has a lightweight body, only 6.5 ounces, and is made of carbon fiber. Although the frame is light, the carbon fiber allows for a durable, sturdy product. The side plates, handle and star drag are all designed to lower the weight of the frame and the comfortability of use that lasts for hours. The design of the structure helps it to perform well for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

The spool on the Speed Demon Pro is made out of a beautiful looking aluminum that is perfectly machined. The anodized aluminum helps with keeping the spool rust-free for a smoother cast.

Left or Right

 

High Speed

The fast speed of the KastKing Speed Demon Pro is impressive because of it’s 9.3:1 gear ratio. The gears are made of Manganese Brass that is cut using a Japanese Hamai machine for a quicker line pick up and recovery.

The faster you can bait cast, the more opportunity you have to catch that trophy fish you have been trying to find for years. It’s not called Speed Demon Pro because it’s slow.

Comfy Handles

Golf Like Grip HandlesThe handle grips on this reel are so comfortable you won’t believe it. The awesome feeling of the gulf style grips enhances the overall feel of the Speed Demon Pro. These grips are a cool looking reddish-orange color and comfortable enough to cast all day long and into the night if you’re a night angler.

The Kastking Speed Demon reel has a left-hand or a right-handed that are interchangeable. If you’re right-handed, then you want to buy the right-handed reel, and if you are left-handed, then you want to purchase the left-handed reel.

Excellent Brake System

The Speed Demon reel comes with a trilateral magnetic brake system. And has a total of 9 magnets that are adjustable for whatever condition you find yourself in or whatever bait you’re using at the time. The braking system eliminates backlashes and overruns when aligned properly. The settings will not change until you change lures and adjust the level of braking that is put to the spool.

Trilateral Magnetic Brake SystemMake sure to read the owner’s manual about the adjustment of the braking system. Because if you don’t adjust the brake right for the type of bait you have on you are going to run into backlash problems. But if you know how to make the proper adjustments on the braking system, you will have no problems.

Stainless Steel Ball Bearings And Disc Drag

The KastKing Speed Demon Pro comes with 13 stainless steel ball bearings. These are double shielded delivering smooth retrieves and easy casting. Even at accelerated speeds, they are quiet and smooth. The state of the art triple carbon disc drag offers 13.2 pounds of drag for the most powerful of fish.

Now I don’t know about you, but the ball bearing system is one of the first things I look for when buying a fishing reel. If the ball bearing system sucks then your casting and retrieving of fish is going to suffer. You don’t want a reel that has a bad ball bearing system.

Split Main Shaft

Split Main ShaftThe main shaft is split allowing for faster speed. The split shaft also lets you cast farther with reduced noise and holds the spool lightly in its grips.

This is an upgrade from the solid main shafts which are heavier which makes it harder to cast long distances. The solid shaft design is much louder as well so not to spook the fish when you are casting.

Pros

  • Lightweight at only 6.5 ounces
  • Triple Carbon Disc Drag helps bring in the biggest of fish
  • Split Main Shaft for a smooth long distant cast
  • Double Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings for a steady retrieve.
  • CNC Machined Aluminum Spool
  • Fast Casting Speed
  • Golf Like Grips

Cons

  • Backlash if you don’t adjust the brake system properly
  • A small learning curve on the brake adjustment

Kastking Speed Demon Pro Spinning Reel

Product: KastKing Speed Demon Pro Spinning ReelKastking speed demon pro spinning reel
Price: $99.99
Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
Shipping Weight: 1.09 Pounds
Warranty: 1-year Warranty
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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Besides having one of the best baitcasting reels Kastking also has a Speed Demon Pro spinning reel. Touted as the world’s fastest 7.2:1 gear ratio will help you catch more fish because you will be retrieving catches fast than before!

The price is right for this reel costing you under $100. Kastking makes available quality fishing products at affordable prices and this spinning reel is no less.

Top Features:

  • 11 Double Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Super polymer Grips
  • Carbon Fiber Handle
  • 25lbs Drag

Kastking Speed Demon Rods

Red and black Speed Demon Pro rod split into 3 sections.KastKing also makes speed demon rods in various designs and applications. So if you are looking for a speed demon reel you might want to consider pairing it with one of the speed demon rods. For example, if you’re looking for a good bass fishing rod then the Speed Demon Bass Series fishing rod you might want to consider.

Included in the bass series rods are:

  • Fuji Guides, REEL seats and WINN grips
  • Elite Carbon Blanks and NANO Resin Technology
  • Lightweight Composite S-Class Crankbait Rods
  • 15 Technique Specific Actions and Lengths
  • True Tournament Performance Rod

KastKing makes some of the best rods and reels that you can find. Set yourself up for a successful bass fishing experience with a Kastking speed demon rod and reel combo set. As for affordable price and a quality fishing rod nothing beats a Kastking fishing rod. Nothing!

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Where Is Kastking Made?

Kastking products are becoming a popular brand amongst anglers as of late. One reason for the popularity of Kastking is because they make high-end fishing products but at an affordable price. The question has been asked many times in forums around the internet “where is Kastking made?” and “who makes Kastking?”. So I decided to answer this question within this review.

Kastking is made by a company named Eposeidon. This company was started in 2011 by a few college buddies from Syracuse, New York. Their goal was to make fishing affordable and fun. That goal was achieved with the formation of the company Eposeidon and Kastking was born. So I’m happy to say that Kastking is made in the good old USA!

In Conclusion

I recommend you pick one of these KastKing Speed Demon Pro reels up. I love the look of this reel, and all the upgraded features that have been added are terrific. The price is affordable at only $20 more than the previous version but keeping it under $100. Works great for fishing freshwater and saltwater.

I would recommend learning a little about baitcasting before you go out and use it. Baitcasting reels can be entirely different than spinning reels. I also like the split main shaft that they added to this reel provides for a better casting experience compared to the old version of the Speed Demon.

Which Kastking Speed Demon is Right for You?

If you are looking for an affordable fishing rod or reel then the Kastking Speed Demon Pro series are the products you are looking for. Here is what Kastking has to offer.

  • Baitcasting reel – a baitcasting reel that is made of lightweight carbon body at under 7 oz. It has double-shielded stainless steel ball bearings to ensure the smoothest casting and retrieving. You get an excellent brake system and a split main shaft. The handles are ergonomically comfortable which is important to have on a reel when you are out on the lake for a full day of fishing. Talk about speed. You get a 9.3:1 gear ratio from the brass that the gears are made of making this baitcasting reel live up to its name as a speed demon!
  • Spinning reel – You can choose the spinning reel which is one of the fastest spinning reels around because of the 7.2:1 gear ratio. With the 11 stainless steel ball-bearing that are in this reel, you have the smoothest of smooth retrieves. You get 25-lbs of drag on this spinning reel. You will enjoy the lightweight body that is made of aluminum. This is an all-around well built affordably priced spinning reel.
  • Speed Demon Rod – With Kastkings rods you get a rod that is made out of elite carbon with NANO resin technology. It’s a true tournament performance rod which is a composite S-class crankbait rod. You get Fuji guides, reel seats and WINN grips for comfort. You can also choose from 15 technique-specific actions and lengths. It’s one of the best pro rods that you find for such low price but quality built on the market today.

When you pair Kastking reels with the Speed Demon Pro rods you get an unstoppable fishing combo system that any professional angler would be proud of! So if the pros would use Kastking then why not you?

You can purchase all of Kastkings Speed Demon products right on Amazon where you get free shipping if you are a Prime member. Check them out today!

KastKing is an exceptional company with a load of great products. It’s kind of a no-brainer to pick up this reel for your next fishing outing. I know you will love it.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Thanks for reading and Happy Fishing!

KastKing Speed Demon Pro

St.Croix Legend Ice Fishing Rods – Sensitivity Is The Name Of The Game

st.croix legend ice fishing rodsIt’s that time of the year again, Winter… And when winter creeps up on our doorstep, so does the ice on the lakes. Ice anglers from all over get the urge to get out and do some ice fishing. You will want to make sure you have a sturdy, sensitive, quality rod like the St.Croix Legend ice fishing rods.

These fishing rods will help you catch your limit. Legend ice fishing rods have excellent sensitivity because of the black anodized spring coiled strike indicator system. This provides above par bobber versatility and performance of these ice fishing rods. You will see that a fish is on the end of your line before you even feel it! That’s the kind of ice fishing rod every angler dreams about having.

The spring coil system is fully adjustable and also interchangeable, which is useful in the customization of the rods. When you get the rod customized to suit you just right, don’t be surprised if you catch your limit time and time again. You’ll be hooking the fish before the fish even knows what hit’em!

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St.Croix Legends Ice Fishing Rods Series

There are three lineups in the legend ice fishing rod series that we will be discussing throughout this article. The legend gold came out for ice fishing season 2013/2014. The Silver edition came out that same season, and the Black edition came out in the 2017/2018 season.

The whole legend series is built on a graphite blank. This is as solid as it gets in an ice fishing rod. The St.Croix Legend ice fishing rods are very strong rods that will take the abuse, and you can keep on fishing!

Gold Series

St. Croix Legend Super Finesse Spring Bobber

This series is made of 24k gold plate. The gold color helps if you are fishing on a cloudy day or if you’re night fishing with a lousy light source. This series also has a Fuji SK2 reel seat.

The handle is made of neoprene-skin. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that can maintain its flexibility over a wide temperature range. This makes it ideal for ice fishing.

The gold series comes in only one length, which is 24″. That is what the length of the original St.Croix Legend ice fishing rods.

Silver Series

The silver series comes in an original stainless-steel finish. They have a cork trim around a secure lock reel seat. The silver series legend rods come in 10 tension supports and four different lengths…

  • 17” Model – comes only in Light tension support
  • 24″ Model – comes in Ultra Light, Light, Medium Light, Medium and Medium-Heavy
  • 30″ Model – comes in Light, Medium Light, and Medium
  • 48″ Model – only comes in MediumSt. Croix Legend Black Ice Fishing Rods

Black Series

The black series legend rod is the top of the top in the Legend series of ice fishing rods. This series is one of the best freshwater ice fishing rods on the market. Black features a stainless-steel strike indicator. It’s super-finesse and high-tension, so you know when those fish are biting before you even feel it.

It has the adjustability with the interchangeable spring indicator system. That is what makes this rod more sensitive than others on the market. This lets ice anglers notice the smallest nibbles and catch that fish before you even feel it.

The fully adjustable and interchangeable spring indicator system is much more sensitive than any other type of indicator, allowing ice anglers to see the most subtle bump or strike before it can be felt. The St.Croix Legend Black ice fishing rods come in many models with different lengths and tension supports.

  • 17” Model – comes only in Light tension support
  • 24″ Model – comes in Ultra Light, Light, Medium Light,
  • Medium and Medium-Heavy
  • 30″ Model – comes in Light, Medium Light, and Medium
  • 48″ Model – only comes in Medium

 

The Spring Coil Bobber System

All 3 of these editions of the Legends series have a stainless steel strike indicating spring bobber. But for added tension support, you can purchase the coil spring bobber system  (sold separately), which makes them extremely sensitive.

With the coil spring system, you will get that little extra that can make all the difference in how many fish you catch.

Greg “The Prowler” Wilczynski came up with the St. Croix super finesse spring bobber system. It’s a stainless steel metal coil with the last loop extending out to a little bobber on the end. With this bit of system on the end of your ice rod, you will be able to see the fish nibbling on the end of your rod before you can even feel it. This is one thing that makes St. Croix Legend ice rods legends in the ice fishing industry.

If you haven’t experienced fishing with the St. Croix spring coil bobber system, then do yourself a favor this ice fishing season and pick yourself one up. You can get them on Amazon. Believe me, you will be catching more fish with this one little add on!

Once you see that little bead that is on the end of the spring move, it’s time to set the hook. If you wait to feel the fish biting, it’s too late. You have to set that hook when you see it before you feel it. That’s because a fish’s metabolism slows in the cold season, and if you don’t hook them at the first sign of a strike, you will many times lose them.

At The End Of The Day

The St.Croix Legend ice fishing rods are a perfect choice if you are looking for durability and sensitivity while fishing for those low biting fish. These Legend rods can withstand the torture of ice fishing as if it falls on the hard ice or bending almost in half. 

These rods will bounce right back because of their graphite blank that there made of their sensitivity derives from the stainless steel strike indicator system that they are all equipped with. You are really going to appreciate the spring coil bobber system that you can purchase as an add on for these ice rods. That system alone is going to help you catch more fish. And that’s something all of us ice anglers want!

If a strong, durable, lightweight, and sensitive ice rod is what you’re looking for well, then you have found it in the St. Croix Legend ice rod series! You will never want to fish with another ice rod again.

3 Types of The St.Croix Legend Ice Rod Series

Let’s recap; there are three ice rods in the St. Croix Legend series.

Gold – The Gold series is made of 24 karat gold plate. This series only comes in one length, which is 24”. It is ideal for fishing on a cloudy day or at night because you can better see the gold color.

Silver – The Silver series is made of stainless steel. It has ten different tensions and four different sizes to choose from. The four lengths are:

  • 17”
  • 24”
  • 30”
  • 48”

Black – The Black series is the top of the line in ice fishing rods. The blank is made of graphite. It has a stainless steel indicator that is super finessed for superb sensitivity for fussy fish. It comes in four length models.

  • 17”
  • 24”
  • 30”
  • 48”

And varies tension strengths to choose from.

Which One Will You Choose?

Most anglers get the lighter versions of the rods. The length of the rod is a personal preference. But if you’re going to be fishing in a portable ice house, you will want to opt for the shorter version of rods because of space issues. A shorter ice rod will also give you more room in an ice house for setting the hook.

I would recommend this rod series to those fishermen and women who love to go pan, crappie, and perch fishing. And also to those anglers who love to catch their limits day in and day out. Now, that’s good eating!

Now, check out what’s available in the Legend Rods Series by clicking below. Thank you for reading, and if you have questions or comments, please send them my way. Remember, you can Catch Your Fish and Eat’em 2!