It has a low profile design that’s also light thanks to its graphite side plate and one-piece frame. It also has reliable operation thanks to its four stainless steel ball bearings and its one roller bearing. This model also has very nice castability and nice drag thanks to its Power Disk drag system and its MagTrax brake system. Its bent handle and recessed reel foot also make it a very ergonomic choice for both the amateur and professional fisherman alike.
This bestselling baitcasting reel by KastKing is outstanding in every way: long lasting quality, power, silky smoothness, affordability, and versatility. KastKing has a reputation as a provider of high-quality and high-performance fishing equipment at a great value. The brand is all about making fishing fun. With its pocket-friendly price, durable quality and excellent performance, this reel is definitely fun to fish with.
Designed especially with inshore anglers in mind, the Daiwa Coastal-TWS 200 baitcasting reel is made to withstand exposure to saltwater with eight corrosion-resistant ball bearings. These last approximately 12 times longer than standard stainless steel ball bearings and combine with the reel’s high-strength gears to increase its overall longevity. The reel has a maximum drag of 15.4 pounds and a fast 7.3:1 gear ratio.
Reputation: KastKing stealth carbon review from users are actually good. With the score of 4.1 out of 5 stars, surely it marked a positive impression in the angling community. Since the reel consists of numerous features, a few of them may or may not malfunction. So in general, there is no inferior aspect of this reel in particular found in overall KastKing stealth review.
Here is the fastest reel out of these three for those primarily doing spot casting, then quickly reeling back in to re-cast, or those consistently using fast moving lures. It would also be the best reel for those pulling in quick running fish so they can never get ahead of you to get slack. It’s so fast because it has a 7.5:1 gear ratio, one of the quickest available, which is blazing fast.
To top it all, Piscifun NEW Torrent Baitcasting Reel spots an adjustable magnet brake. The brake can be adjusted from 0 to 10 ranges to allow maximum control when casting. Besides, the reel is equipped with double-line winding shafts that increase its stability and durability. So, even when there is wind drift, the reel promises to offer you incredible performance.
The Shimano Curado 200XG K is another high quality baitcasting reel with an oval frame and spool made from aluminum. The spool can take 110 yards of 14lb mono or 80 yards of 65lb PowerPro braid. Retrieve rate on the 200XG is 36 inches per crank and the line comes through a titanium line guide and lays up perfectly. The 200XG features 4 (+2) bearings, and a powerful 8.5:1 gear ratio. The Curado line also features reels with 7.2:1, 6.3:1, or slower 5.5:1 gearing to allow for fine-tuning to lure type and fishing style.
The mechanism of working of the gear ratio is simple and this just how easy it works. If the reel has a gear ratio of 5:0, it implies that the spool turns five times when you rotate the handle once. This means that the higher the first number of the ratio, the quicker the lure is pulled back to you. Different ratios are best suited for different types of lures. A gear ratio of 5:1 is generally regarded to be the average with 4:1 and 6:1 considered to be slow and very fast respectively. A slower gear ratio as low as 3:1 is recommended to be best suited for diving crankbaits and large spinnerbaits. An average speed gear ratio of 5:1 is recommended for Texas rigs, soft plastics and jigs while for other lures and some spinnerbaits, a pretty fast gear ratio of 6:1nto 7:1 should be considered.
If it's a small spool, you need to be sure you have adequate line for long casts. But consider this: are you casting 60 yards? That's 180 feet. That would be a long, healthy cast. So I've started spooling my reels with less line. Because of this, I don't use backing and now a 250-yard filler spool of line will fill 4 reels instead of 2 1/2. Which in turn, saves me money. 

To get this out of the way, Abu Garcia is easily one of the most popular and successful rod and reel manufacturers in the world. As a part of that success, you see more tournament fishermen and overall anglers using their reels on regular basis. This may seem like commercialism but their success has been well earned against a number of very good brands.


This is a user-friendly baitcasting reel that reveals an exquisite manufacturing process in both the design and material quality. Lew’s Fishing Tournament MB Baitcast Reel is a casting reel that belongs to the MB series with new Lew’s smaller profile and reduced weight design. A few out of the outstanding features this baitcasting reel possesses include;
I resort to spinning reels mainly in the spring when bass are in the shallows and finesse tactics seem to work best. I also switch to spinning reels on windy winter days for casting suspending stickbaits because baitcasters tend to backlash too much when throwing those lightweight plugs into the wind. Some of my favorite finesse tactics I use with spinning tackle are wacky-rigging Senkos, shaking a finesse worm with a shaky head jig, skipping tube jigs and drop-shotting.
Once I had it setup, though, it was good and I didn’t have to touch it again after that. So, it wasn’t exasperating by any means. And it didn’t give me a headache due to having to adjust it and tweak it over and over again. Once I set it, I could forget it. But I wanted to mention this so anyone buying it will know in advance to set the brakes a bit tighter than you normally would. In fact, max the brakes out and tighten the spool tension knob more than normal, and then back them off slowly. If you do this, you’ll be more than fine.
This reduction in weight should allow you to cast lighter lures farther. It uses a mag4 system, a magnetic braking system which is adjusted via an external dial with adjustments from 1 - 10. You never have to open the side plate there is no chance of anything getting in or you dropping the side plate quick adjustments made easy. Swept handle - a 90mm handle which is….(moves paddles closer to the reel’s center of balance) resulting in a more powerful retrieve.
To my new eager anglers, I would like to share you something that years of angling hours made me realize. It’s not all equipment and how many modern features you can get your hands on. To be a skillful angler, you need to connect with your every cast, analyze your surroundings, understand the water. I know I might sound a bit corny but these insights will feed into your every reflex and become your muscle memories.
Designed for all levels of baitcasters, this reel claims to offer everything that you need in a baitcast and at a very low price without compromising its performance. For starters, it features 5+1 stainless steel bearings that provide the reel with superior smoothness when casting. The bearing’s stainless steel construction gives them increased resistant to corrosion to lengthen their life.

To finish off this list, we're going to go with another popular reel called the Shimano Citica. This reel has been in production for years and has withstood the test of time. With a 7.2:1 high gear ratio and only 7.4 ounces, this is a really I would really like to recommend. It has a very nice line crank of 30 inches and 5 + 1 bearings. It is also available in 6.3:1 as well as right and left hand models. The price point is a bit higher, but also worth it.
Shimano is a brand that deserves to be on lists like this. This reel, much like many Shimano products, pays attention to detail. Above that, it wants you to have a reel that lasts. So the main points for the Calcutta are durability and design. Let’s start with that word, design, the Calcutta B is a beautiful reel. Now sometimes that might not look like much – definitely not on paper – but in person, this reel is gorgeous.
To get started with learning to use your baitcasting reel, mount the reel to the rod and string the line through guides. Heavier lines are easier to learn with so use a line with a breaking strength in the upper end of the line range that is recommended for the reel. On the end of your line, tie on a 1/2oz casting weight to practice with instead of a lure. The easiest thing to use as a casting weight would be a lead sinker. Have a few of them in various sizes handy.
This is yet another super light-weight baitcasting reel from KastKing. It comes at only 6 ounces featuring durable carbon fiber construction. As such, you can use it for long hours without getting fatigued thereby making casting fun and exciting. Also, it includes hard-forged aluminum gears that claim to offer 7.0:1 gear ratio thereby allowing fast retrieves without sacrificing on the reel’s strength. 
The braking system is magnetic and gives some great control to the line. This is a system that was designed for braided line and big catches and even bigger water, around 300 yards much. The drag is 25-30 pounds – bound to stand strong against some of the big waters mightier foes. Okuma has proven recently that their products are nothing to scoff at and this one is no different, ensuring that this reel will take you to open waters and keep you satisfied.
If you’re on the market for a stylish reel, look no further. This beauty comes finished in midnight black with electric blue accents. It comes equipped with more high-end features than most luxury cars. It’s aero grade aluminum spool, 6.3:1 ratio gears which are precision matched, instant stop anti-reverse, 11+1 corrosion resistant completely shielded MaxiDur ball bearings are just a few of the features this reel comes equipped with. But that’s not all, this reel comes with some serious stopping power. It’s 16.5 pound drag will stop even the largest of fish in their tracks. Just because this reel is stronger than a cows hide doesn’t mean it weighs a ton. This is one of the lightest baitcasting reels currently on the market coming in at only 5.7 ounces. This guarantees you’ll be able to fish all day without finding yourself even the slightest bit fatigued.
The next thing to take note of when making a purchase is the spool size of the reel. If you are interested in going for a bigger or stronger fish during your fishing adventure, you will definitely need to get a heavier line. For such heavier lines, you would agree that they would take more space on the spool and hence, you may have to consider buying a reel which has a deeper spool and has enough space to hold the line of your choice completely. Impliedly, the bigger the size of the fish you are aiming at, the larger the size of the spool you will need.
Daiwa has 3 low profile reels under the Tatula series (Type-HD, Type-R & Tatula base). For this guide, I’m breaking down the Tatula base reel, which funny enough is also broken down into 3 models (100P, 100H & 100HS), I know confusing right? No worries, just know that the 3 reels have similar components but do have additional features with the most expensive models. But let’s talk about the Tatula because it’s #1 on this guide for good reasons!

Over the weeks I’ve had it I have used it for Channel Cats (all I fish for) and each day seemed like it’s casting distance would be less and less.Tonight I was at the water again and it wouldn’t cast over 20yds.I reeled it in after the last time of trying to set the tensioners with no luck and propped it against the tree and fished with my other 2 reels (Abu and Shimano).A little while later I remembered I had a small travel can of WD40 in the truck so I went and retrieved it.I sat there tearing this reel apart and adding lube to everything but the drag.
The gear ratios and subsequent retrieval speeds on these reels are phenomenal. If you want a reel for fast and aggressive fishing, we can’t think of a better option. The gear ratios for the various models range from 6.3:1 up to an incredible 8.1:1! And as we mentioned earlier, what is impressive is that these reels can still dish out some cranking power.

Being made with high-quality aluminum, the body and side plate is quite capable of providing high-quality performance. With the brass gears, your fishing is much powerful. For a powerful drag system, this baitcasting reel has carbon fiber drag system. Besides, it has EVA handle to provide a great grip. The maximum drag force of this Kastking baitcasting reel is 20 lbs.

The Abu Garcia REVO Winch Low Profile Reel combines an extended bent handle with a low 5.4:1 gear ratio to provide unparalleled cranking power. It’s the ideal choice for fishing with diving crankbaits, large spinnerbaits and any other high resistance lure. Reviewers love that it makes it easy to reel in large baits without getting fatigued. The Carbon Matrix Drag System is built to withstand extreme drag pressures, while the Infini™ brake system offers almost unlimited adjustability.
This ultra-lightweight baitcasting reel from KastKing weighs just 5.7 ounces and is made from carbon, a material that is naturally resistant to corrosion and so tough that it can practically withstand anything. The 11+1 ball bearings are made from shielded and corrosion resistant MaxiDur, while the spool boasts hardy construction from aero-grade aluminum.
When you loosen the brake on the reel, more thumb pressure must be maintained during the cast to prevent the spool from over running. Essentially, the less internal braking you use, the more thumb pressure braking you must maintain while casting. Less internal braking will allow for longer casts but the spool must be controlled more with your thumb. 

Designed for all levels of baitcasters, this reel claims to offer everything that you need in a baitcast and at a very low price without compromising its performance. For starters, it features 5+1 stainless steel bearings that provide the reel with superior smoothness when casting. The bearing’s stainless steel construction gives them increased resistant to corrosion to lengthen their life.

From the moment you let your line fly to the second it hits the water, your thumb must control the speed of the spool. Some baitcasters offer cast control systems. These claim to allow casting with no need for thumb to line control. Most baitcasters require at least some bit of thumb work while casting, even if it’s only to slow the spool on its initial burst of speed.
Lightweight drilled aluminum spool offers phenomenal line grip and Magforce magnetic system provide backlash-free control. The reel has the ability to fight resistant fish with its twin-system endless anti-reverse. For further smoother operation, Daiwa installed 5 stainless steel ball bearings and a single roller bearing. It just offers enough feature to perform optimally.
This reduction in weight should allow you to cast lighter lures farther. It uses a mag4 system, a magnetic braking system which is adjusted via an external dial with adjustments from 1 - 10. You never have to open the side plate there is no chance of anything getting in or you dropping the side plate quick adjustments made easy. Swept handle - a 90mm handle which is….(moves paddles closer to the reel’s center of balance) resulting in a more powerful retrieve.
Another tip for helping you to learn to cast and minimize the frustration level of dealing with backlashes is to limit the amount of available line on your reel. This can be accomplished by filling your spool to around half the spool capacity and then wrapping electrical tape around the line to create a stopping point in the spool. Then, continue to fill the spool, allowing the line to wrap over the electrical tape. Now, when you cast, the amount of line that can knot up during a backlash is minimized so you free the knot more easily or you’ll waste less line when respooling. 

The spool tension is always located right next to the reel handle. It’s a small knob that can be turned clockwise (to tighten) and counterclockwise (to loosen). The purpose of the spool tension is to apply brakes all the way through the cast. The most important job of the spool tension is, however, to stop the spool from spinning as soon your bait hits the water. If your tension release is too loose, the spool will not stop releasing line immediately after your bait hits the water, which will ultimately result in a backlash (also referred to as a birds nest). Mastering the adjustment of the spool tension is a vital skill to acquire when learning how to use a baitcaster. I’ll show you exactly how to do it further below!
Penn did not disappoint us with their latest version, the Penn Battle II because it features an improved paint quality for further reel protection, increased drag pressure (about 20% increase), sealed ball bearings (they are now 5 stainless steel ball bearings), and upgraded spool. I also like the front drag HT 100 drag systems which make use of carbon washers. This helps make the reel's lifespan longer.
Some of the features built into the Abu Garcia Revo SX include an efficient D2 gear design, a power knob that gives you greater torque when hand-pulling fish, a smooth drag thanks to its Carbon Matrix drag system and Magtrax brake system to help cast heavy loads more accurately. All packaged together with a titanium-coated line guide that increases this reel’s durability.

The Calcutta offers 6 models so there is a reel for the ultra-light to heavier gear applications. I’m a big fan of having multiple model options, as I’ll often buy a smaller or larger version of the same reel once I’ve put it to the test. I’ve pounded Calcutta’s on the rivers and I love them. These reels are long term investments to me as they’ll last a lifetime when properly taken care of.


I would prefer to fish a baitcaster all the time because I can cast it more accurately by controlling the spool with my thumb. The reels feature higher gear ratios than spinning models which I need for high-speed presentations such as waking a spinnerbait, buzzing a buzz bait across the surface or burning square-bill crankbaits in shallow cover. I also prefer a baitcaster for all of the power fishing techniques with heavy line such as pitching and flipping, Carolina rigging and slow-rolling spinnerbaits.
When it comes to choosing a reel to use for your fishing needs there are a many choices to consider. One of those choices is whether you should invest in a spinning reel, a conventional reel or a baitcasting reel. All three choices can be used in various fishing situations and conditions but some of these reels perform certain tasks better than the others. For our purposes, we will be focusing on the baitcasting reel and how it used in various situations and how to use them properly.

To set your brake properly for the 1/2oz casting weight you tied on, start by raising your rod tip in front of you so the casting weight is hanging seven or eight feet above the ground. Depress the thumb bar on your reel to let the spool go into free spool and watch the line on the spool as the casting weight drops and hits the ground. Ideally, when the casting weight hits the ground the spool should stop spinning and paying out line. If the spool continues to spin when the casting weight hits the ground, you need to tighten the brake a bit. If the casting weight fails to drop to the ground then the brake is too tight and must be loosened. Make the necessary adjustment and repeat the process until the spool stops moving when the casting weight hits the ground.
For casting precision, the baitcaster reels dominate this space. It accomplishes this by being able to slow or stop the spool with your thumb when casting. This gives the angler complete control of how much line is being released off the spool. For example, if you’re looking to cast or skip a lure/bait into a small section while trying to avoiding branches, logs, docks, etc. the baitcaster reel rises above the spinning reel.
A great spool is lightweight for speed but can handle the elements as well. Typical material for spools is aluminum because it’s so light. A forged aluminum spool is best as it’s a tougher metal and doesn’t get damaged or scratched as easily. Manufacturers are drilling holes into their spools for that lighter weight and quicker spin (air dynamics & weight).

At some point in your fishing career, you’ll run across the great question for anglers who are looking to improve their performance – spinning reel or baitcasting reel. While spinning reels are great to learn on, sooner or later, you’ll need a reel that can consistently keep up with your evolving skillset – which is where the baitcasting reel comes in.

This reel is for all you ‘lefties’ out there! Don’t you worry, we didn’t forget about you. This reel is made just for you (of course there is a right handed version as well). This reel has a solid one piece graphite frame accompanied by graphite side plates making it lightweight, sleek but most importantly stylish. It has a MagTrax brake system that allow you to fully customize your casting which allows the angler to use a larger variety of lures. Inside you’ll find 4 stainless steel bearings accompanied by 1 roller bearing which make this reel one of the most reliable and dependable reels on the market today. Sometimes simplicity is key. The power disk system ensure the angler will be able to feel and adjust the drag throughout the duration of the fight and will be able to feel the smoothness throughout the entire drag range. This reel made our list not only due to its left handed feature, but due to the fact that this reel can be used as a serious fishing weapon by both seasoned and rookie fisherman and fisherwoman.


To set your brake properly for the 1/2oz casting weight you tied on, start by raising your rod tip in front of you so the casting weight is hanging seven or eight feet above the ground. Depress the thumb bar on your reel to let the spool go into free spool and watch the line on the spool as the casting weight drops and hits the ground. Ideally, when the casting weight hits the ground the spool should stop spinning and paying out line. If the spool continues to spin when the casting weight hits the ground, you need to tighten the brake a bit. If the casting weight fails to drop to the ground then the brake is too tight and must be loosened. Make the necessary adjustment and repeat the process until the spool stops moving when the casting weight hits the ground.
You can pick from many gear ratios ranging from 2.0:1 to 7.9:1 to tailor your reel to the kind of fishing you do. The slower retrieve and higher torque of the lower ratios make them appropriate for bigger fish and soaking baits, while the speedier retrieves are perfect for species where you want to attract strikes by moving a lure fast through or on top of the water. If you want a baitcaster for all-purpose fishing, choose one with a gear ratio in the middle.
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