Reel overview: Introducing another remarkable Baitcasting reel series from Abu Garcia. From price to perform point of view, the Revo x low profile series is one of the best Abu Garcia reels out there. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have a classic look. More like a laser cut state of the art manufacturing look. Ergonomic, compact, nicely polished color finishing will attract young blokes easily. But what’s happening within the good looking reel? Let’s find out.
I have several of these reels. One I feel is an outstanding choice is the Piscifun Phantom Carbon. It’s excellent and only $70 on Amazon. Carbon fiber frame, dual brakes, and carbon fiber disk 18# drag. If you’re going to give this company a try, in my opinion, this is the one. My Revo SX is my favorite. I put the Phantom over the Tatula. The disk braking send to be more forgiving.
If you are looking to get a reel which is light, and has a fast retrieve, the Ardent Apex Elite Fishing reel is just the one to go for. This reel is designed for superior performance on the water. Being built with a premium 12+1 ball bearing system, it provides a long casting ability with the mag brake system. It features a carbon fiber handle and also offer a firm grip and greater power when cranking hard.
This is a no-nonsense build quality from KastKing. The integrated hard forged aluminum gears, aircraft grade aluminum spool and carbon fiber handle with EVA knobs for smooth reel performance as well as greater convenience. The number of nifty features and special ability of these reels has truly placed it under the best baitcasting reels for the money.
The 13 Fishing Concept A wins most versatile due to its usability in both freshwater and saltwater environments. The Concept A is made out of a durable lightweight aluminum. Small and compact it palms in your hand perfectly. The reel weighs 6.7oz and has a matte-black finish. It has 7 ball bearings (3 anti-corrosion, 3 stainless steel, and a Dead Stop Anti-Reverse ball bearing) making it useable for light inshore applications. This reel is smooth as butter and  bombs lures far. The Concept A sits  low on your rod which reduces friction improving casting distance. 

Our thoughts: First if all, this is a super silent reel. It barely makes a noise. I also noticed how other anglers pointing out the durability and smooth performance. I had mine a year back and it hasn’t missed a bit. I landed bass, trout and even managed some heavy baits like big swimbaits, deep crankbaits, and large spinner baits. With this reel, your fishing season won’t have to end in the winter. Truly one of the best baitcasting reels in the market.
For such a tough reel, it is surprisingly light weight at just over 13 ounces, and the InfiniMax adjustment system and 7 stainless steel pinion bearings lets the reel cast smooth and far with any size bait. This reel impressed us as the best-built baitcasting reel in our selection. For big fish and abusive conditions from saltwater to muddy catfish holes, the Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast 60 is the top choice in a heavy-duty low-profile design and third overall in our review.
This eccentric braking system depends on discharging from a central force. When the rotation speed of the spool is higher, the pins expand out further. This system is responsible for controlling the spool speed at the beginning of the cast. One of the most budget-friendly and simple solution braking system on the market. You can easily master the braking technique but it lacks efficient adjustment.
Just start by incrementally increasing the power of your cast. You may start to feel as if the reel cannot cast any further, yet your casts are still falling short. Simply loosen the brake just a hair and attempt the same cast. You’ll find that you gain distance but you’re starting to get some tangles. After pulling the knots out, compose yourself, and recast with a little more thumb pressure applied. Try to be aware of the feel of the line under your thumb during the cast and try to stop the line with your thumb as the casting weight hits the ground. You will quickly gain a feel for the way your baitcaster behaves depending on how hard you cast and the size of the casting weight you are using.
With 11+1 MaxiDur shielded bearings that are corrosion resistant; this baitcasting reel claims to offer anglers the smoothest and powerful performance. Its drag system features 3-disc drag made from carbon fiber that makes the reel durable. According to the manufacturer, the drag system is capable of delivering up to 18 pounds stopping power. If the claims are true, then the reel can handle even the biggest and most vicious fish.
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.
More Control– Baitcasting reel combos provide a high degree of casting control compared to spinning gear because you can control the distance and speed of your lure by thumbing the spool during the cast. Once you become proficient in their use, you can achieve pinpoint accuracy with your casts, allowing you to place your lure exactly where the fish are.

Along with the Abu Garcia reels, the Shimano Curada has been producing reels for years starting with the 100 and 200 back in 1992 and has withstood the test of time. With a 7.2:1 high gear ratio and 5 S ARB bearings, this thing is as smooth as it can get. The ball bearings are corrosive resistant, so you will never have to worry about replacing them. Coming in at a lightweight 7.4 ounces, this thing is super light. Don't let that fool you though, it can cast like nobody's business, even in the highest of winds! All these features combined allows you to control this baitcaster on every aspect, minimizing the risk for a backlash. It also comes in the LH version for all you left handed baitcaster folks.
If you’ve read this site, you can tell we are fans of Shimano fishing reels. The Chronarch MGL 150 tops our list of all baitcasting reels. The Chronarch MGL is at the top of medium price-range. It costs more than a budget reel, but still nowhere near the cost of magnesium framed reels. What leaves you with is a high quality, high performance baitcasting reel you can count on.
When you begin learning how to use a baitcaster, everything centers around your thumb. Whether you’re right or left handed doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you keep your thumb on the spool of the baitcaster. Get a feel for it because your thumb will be on the spool quite often. In fact, the only times your thumb won’t be on the spool is when you’re retrieving line or battling a fish.
So, the question on your mind is probably what handed reel is best for me? That really comes down to what you have got used to when you first started angling and what feels more natural to you. Most anglers will tell you that it’s not the most fluid and easy things to do, switching casting methods from left to right or right to left after you become experienced with either one.
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.
Fishermen should appreciate the little touches incorporated into the Pro G. There is the SpeedKeeper near the seat of the reel that allows storing a Texas rig without pulling the hook form your plastic bait. Then there is ingenious Speed Dial built into the tension control knob. Just point the clicker to the size of your line and you’ll never have to play the line size guessing game again.
The aircraft grade aluminum spool provides 35 percent more line capacity than the brand’s freshwater equivalent so that you can use a heavier line to target more powerful saltwater species. Other highlights include Daiwa’s Magforce Cast Control and wide T-Wing aperture (which helps to reduce line angles and friction). Available in right and left-handed models, the reel weighs in at 8.1 ounces and features a 100mm swept handle with non-slip EVA knobs. 
Weight is an important consideration when choosing a baitcasting reel as it affects a reel’s usability. A lightweight reel that weighs under 7 ounces is comfortable to handle and you can use it all day without discomfort. If you’re casting and retrieving using a heavy reel, the arm and wrist fatigue you will experience will have you ending your excursion earlier than planned.
Unique feature: Shimano has their own flagships. Their technology is top-notch and nearly unbeatable. With the micromodule gear, X-SHIP system which efficiently transmits the input power, enabling powerful reeling and SHIMANO’s newest innovation in brake system technology, SVS Infinity provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control, and brake force the Shimano Chronarch is one unique baitcasting reel.
If you are looking to get a reel which is light, and has a fast retrieve, the Ardent Apex Elite Fishing reel is just the one to go for. This reel is designed for superior performance on the water. Being built with a premium 12+1 ball bearing system, it provides a long casting ability with the mag brake system. It features a carbon fiber handle and also offer a firm grip and greater power when cranking hard.

Fishing with baitcasters definitely has advantages. More line capacity. Using heavier, thicker lines. Casting distance, as well, should be one of them. Many anglers, however, are not optimizing their reels and their technique to get the most casting distance when bass fishing with casting reels. More distance often equates to more time presenting a lure to fish. 

   When learning how to throw a baitcaster, stay off the water because you will have the urge to start fishing.  “You definitely need to practice,” says Ponds. “You will have a frustrating day out on the lake if you have not practiced because you are going to spend all of your time picking out backlashes. I strongly advise to go in the backyard with a test weight or a practice lure and make casts.”
I have several of these reels. One I feel is an outstanding choice is the Piscifun Phantom Carbon. It’s excellent and only $70 on Amazon. Carbon fiber frame, dual brakes, and carbon fiber disk 18# drag. If you’re going to give this company a try, in my opinion, this is the one. My Revo SX is my favorite. I put the Phantom over the Tatula. The disk braking send to be more forgiving.
Round reels generally hold more line and are suitable for carrying a more massive line. They are also regularly used for battles that require long runs or throw larger traps. It is useful for salmon, muskies, and steelhead in most cases. Low profile reels are more economical and superior to a superior "wrist" line. It is also one of the most prominent reels used today. This type of reel is mostly used for crappie and bass.

With its 7.0:1 gear ratio, 11+1 noise free Maximus bearing which is corrosion resistant, ceramic line guide (monofilament line and braided fishing line compatible), this reel delivers high-performance results that are unmatched. This gives you more cranking power and the ability to perform different forms of rigs, jigs, and baits and enjoy a lifetime of fishing the big games with this reel.
This reel can be summed up in one word, amazing. The KastKing brand is known for their amazing craftsmanship and long lasting durability. The Royale Legend baitcasting fishing reel is unmatched in almost every category. It’s fitted with an extremely silent 7.0:1 high speed line retrieve that just about every angler can appreciate. This reel comes fitted with state of the art dual brakes. These brakes can be quickly and easily tuned to every anglers specific needs not to mention the amazing casting control this provides. It features a brass structure that is precision cut accompanied with a carbon fiber drag system that delivers an astounding 17.5 pounds of drag. It helps you land even the hardest fighting fish. The 11+1 stainless steel ball bearings are corrosion resistant and allow for smooth casting and lifelong reliability. This baitcasting reel is perfect for any style of fishing, from flipping to pitching and anything in between. You’ll appreciate this flipping reel for years to come.
Generally, you can launch a lure further with a baitcaster, because  the line flows directly straight off the spool and not in a circular motion as with a spinning reel. However, baitcasters do take some time to master and practice is needed to dial one in to your comfort zone. Someone proficient in casting a baitcaster will have mastery over accuracy and distance in the long run after plenty of practice and are preferred when fishing locations that demand such, while a spinning reel can be used in virtually every situation possible.
Baitcasting reels are my favorite fishing reels. They take a little more practice to master than a spinning reel but once you put your time in they’ll provide unique features to make you a better angler. In this guide, I want to outline those unique features, detail the key components in a great reel, differentiate between the several types of baitcasters (low profile vs. round profile) and recommend my favorite reels in each of these categories. If you already have a good understanding of these reels you may want to skip the initial educational details and jump to the reel reviews toward the bottom of the page.
​Of course, you can learn to fish professionally without ever using such a fishing reel, but you may want to remember that: many professional anglers and deep-sea anglers use such equipment because they provide more control when it comes to bigger play. Very often, you will see this type of fishing reel when anglers go out to catch tuna, sailfish, and marlin in rough water. Of course, if you are after such a game, you would need a huge and sturdy overhead reel that can handle the heavy line, bulky bait and consequent drag that both lines and baits provide when they are dragging in the water.

Fishing requires great accuracy, and that is what baitcasters will offer you. If you do any slight error, you may go back home empty handed or too little fish worth your time and effort. You need a reel that will help you place bait at the perfect place or avoid hitting a snag with your lure. Baitcasters are typically more durable than spinning reels.


On the other end of the spectrum, baitcasting reels allow for casting lures like jigs, spinner baits and crankbaits with pinpoint accuracy, but there is a dialed in drag resistance and require a higher skill set to be able to thumb the spool as line flows off. If you can’t find that sweet spot of thumb pressure, you’ll experience a backlash bird’s nest of tangled line.
In this section, I’ll outline the key features (components) you should be looking for in quality baitcasting reel. Baitcasting components are similar to spinning reels; drag system, gear ratios, bearings, etc, but the baitcaster has larger variations of these components. For example, they have a higher gear ratio than the spinning reel. Lastly, based on this research and personal testing I’ll outline my best baitcasting reels for the year (both low profile and round reels).
Made with durability on saltwater in mind, the Revo Toro has a corrosion-proof X-Craftic alloy reel frame, a heavy-duty gear set engineered for long life, and a high-capacity aircraft aluminum spool that can hold 250 yards of 14lb mono or 285 yards of 30lb braided line. The reel comes with a selection of three handles, including an extended bent power handle, and large ergonomic grips let you use the low 4.9:1 gear ratio to put maximum pressure on strong big game fish. When they run, the carbon disc star drag system can crank in 25lbs of braking power that will protect the line and wear out heavy, hard-fighting fish.

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.
Hey Steve, thanks for the comment and glad it helped, I love Abu Garcia reels! As for your question, you’re likely just fine with the 5601 model vs. 6601. The big difference is line capacity holding monofilament 240 yards of 12# (5601) vs. 320 yards of 12# (6601). What type of fishing are you looking to use this reel for? E.g. River drift fishing, Ocean fishing, etc. If you’re looking for a salt water reel the bigger reel capacity is more important, but if you’re drift fishing rivers the 5601 should be more than fine for those big runs. Let me know!
The Abu Garcia Revo SX Low Profile Fishing Reel has an X2-craftic alloy frame which increased corrosion resistance and C6 carbon side plate provides significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and durability. This Baitcast fishing reel is a very effective reel that offers a better enjoyable fishing experience. Some of the features it possesses includes;
We already have a ‘cheapest reel’ on this list but the Piscifun is a different category of cheap reel. You can look at the difference between both reels as being generally cheap yet still worthy, and another that provides high value for low cost. The Piscifun is exactly the latter. The weight and build both point to high quality and still the cost remains low. The line retrieval is excellent for a reel so inexpensive and in general compared to its peers.
You will not sweat when you try to cast with spinning reels as much as you would with baitcasters but you still need to exercise patience. You can use it to cast nearly anything you bring along. However, you will find this reel only suitable for light tackling and bait due to its light construction. If you use it to catch heavier fish, such as over 10 pounds, you might cause the rod to snap with the weight because it is only the fishing line that is pulled in. Moreover, they are not as precise as baitcast reels are.

Just like the other KastKing fishing reel, this reel is also very versatile as its usefulness extends to both freshwater and saltwater fishing. This is because it is corrosion resistant. It is suitable for virtually every fishing technique including flipping, casting, pitching and more. It can also be used for bass fishing, ice fishing, kayak fishing, trout fishing, and lots more.
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Otherwise, you could take the entire day trying to make a perfect cast since the line will continuously roll out and tangle itself up. In addition, you cannot use any other thing besides heavier lures, a characteristic that makes spinning reels preferable. Beginners may not find it appropriate using a baitcaster because it is vital to know how to use the thumb to control the line speed. If you fail to do this, a backlash could happen, causing the line to tangle if it moves too fast or with an awkward cast.
The Dartanium II drag washers provide one of the smoothest drag systems around. You can simply adjust it with a flick of your finger while fighting a fish. The SVS Infinity breaking system is one of the best out there. There is an external dial as well as 4 internal brakes that are adjusted by opening the side plate and engaging 1 to 4 of the brakes.
Depending on the model, you get around 6 to 7 to 1 gear ratios which works well on a variety of fish with a lot of different techniques. At the heart of the gearing is heavy duty steel drive shaft with sealed stainless bearings and a corrosion resistant drive with anti-reverse. Not only does this keep things smooth but provides excellent casting with little chance of backlash.

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.
The most important part of casting a baitcaster is developing a smart thumb. Your thumb rides on the spool of line and controls it, so you must educate your thumb. You can do this while watching television. Tie on a fairly heavy weight, like a nut or 1-ounce sinker, and sit down. Loosen up the freespool control until the weight drops freely, and use your thumb to stop it just before it hits the floor. Do this over and over until you get a feel for feathering the spool with your thumb and stopping the weight just before it reaches the floor.
The SX models have excessive max drags at 20lbs. For applications, this reel is intended to be used in,you’re never going to need the full drag to land a fish. We think the fine tuning of the drag could be a bit better, especially at the upper end of the drag range. You will be pleased with the low start up inertia, as this drag is incredibly smooth.
The stainless-steel ball bearings in the base model are average, but again in looking at the price point of this reel they’re certainly on par for me. The gear ratio for the models are all different 100P = 5.4:1, 100H = 6.3:1, 100HS = 7.3:1. For a baitcaster I always recommend a minimum of 6:0:1 gear ratio, so I’d certainly recommend the 100H or 100HS in this case.
   When learning how to throw a baitcaster, stay off the water because you will have the urge to start fishing.  “You definitely need to practice,” says Ponds. “You will have a frustrating day out on the lake if you have not practiced because you are going to spend all of your time picking out backlashes. I strongly advise to go in the backyard with a test weight or a practice lure and make casts.”
Round reels generally hold more line and are capable of holding a heavier line. They are often also used for fights which require long runs or for tossing bigger baits. It’s generally good for salmon, muskies, and steelhead. Low-profile reels are more ergonomic and allow for a better ‘wristing’ of the line. It’s also one of the more popular reels used today. This type of reel is generally used for crappie and bass.
All Tatula reel models have a drag maxing out at 13.2lbs so you shouldn’t ever be in a situation why you don’t think you can stop a run. Diawa reels use a “UTD” drag system that uses oversized carbon washers which provide one of the most constant drags of the reels on this list. You also have full control of drag adjustments throughout the drag range.

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.
I still remember hooking a 4.5-pound bass and barely felt any torque. As I was turning the handle, the grip felt firm. Didn’t have a single slip till this day. I gotta say, the smoothness isn’t all there as Abu Garcia claimed with this one. But nonetheless, those 4-stainless ball bearings and 1 roller bearing performed flawlessly without any grinding for longer usage.
This guide will help you understand how to choose the best baitcasting reel for the money, one that helps you fish your favorite techniques as efficiently as possible, as well as coming in under your budget. For those new to baitcasters, we’ll cover the most important specifications to look for so that you make the right choice for your own personal best baitcasting reel. If you are familiar with these things already, then jump right down to our Top 5 baitcasting reels.
The reel's components include a one-piece die-cast aluminum frame, an easy to remove palming graphite side plate, double anodized aluminum U style spool, double anodized aluminum spool tension adjustment with audible click, Lew's dual-braking system, solid brass gearing, double-shielded stainless steel bearings, carbon fiber star drag system, Zirconia line guide, an external lube port for maintenance and a bowed, lightweight, aluminum handle featuring the brand's custom paddle handle knobs.
This often overlooked aspect of your set-up is vital for a reel meant for the long, hard fights you might encounter. Pick a reel that’s guaranteed to be comfortable in your hands and you’ll have a much more pleasant fishing experience, some modern reels have put a lot of time into creating a great handle for your reel but everyone’s hands are different.
With its 7.0:1 gear ratio, 11+1 noise free Maximus bearing which is corrosion resistant, ceramic line guide (monofilament line and braided fishing line compatible), this reel delivers high-performance results that are unmatched. This gives you more cranking power and the ability to perform different forms of rigs, jigs, and baits and enjoy a lifetime of fishing the big games with this reel.
Choose a baitcasting reel. Newer models have several features, like the cast control brake and friction cast control, that might be lacking in older models.[8][9] But the most important thing when choosing a baitcasting reel is to pick one that feels good in your hand and fits your fishing needs. Go to a store that sells baitcasting reels and hold a few. Or, if you prefer the older models, try finding one at an antique shop.[10]
Having a fishing rod is merely half the battle. You need to have a reel to go at that rod. Of course you could go primitive and simple use a long stick, some line, a hook and a worm but last time I checked this is the 21st century and we’ve come quite a ways, I mean, we have street signs and ipods! For those of you who are slightly more advanced you may be interested in buying a good baitcasting reel. The reason I say this is largely due to the fact that a baitcaster reel is slightly more technically difficult to use in comparison to a spinning reel. On the backside of the reel you will find a small lever or button that needs to be pressed down prior to casting the reel. You need to make sure that you let go of this button prior to your line and lure hitting the water. If you fail to do so your spool will continue to release braided line causing what we call, a rats nest. This is when your line releases within the spool but it still contained within the area in which the spool is found. In order to undo or correct a rats nest you need to continuously pull the line out of the spool until you have completely released all of the line that was let loose. This could become a serious nightmare and often times it leads to you simply just removing all of the line by cutting it out of your spool and re-spooling your entire reel. This is the reasoning behind us saying that using the best baitcasting reel is slightly more technical than a spinning reel. Below you will find the top 5 baitcasting reels for the money in 2019.
We looked at ten beautiful reels here, and of the whole bunch, there is no question that the Shimano Calcutta stands out as an amazing machine. However, it belongs in a glass showcase and the price does reflect that. We have turned up plenty of more cost-effective options for you, and every reel on this list will provide solid fishing fun. Shortlist your favorites then try to get your hands on some for a few test-casts before zeroing in on your own best baitcasting reel.
The reel uses Daiwa’s Ultimate tournament drag (UTD) - which gives you 13.2lbs of smooth drag. It has the Twing System - which is Daiwa’s new levelwind system that works in two different ways during casting and retrieve. The "T" aperture allows line to flow freely from the spool through the wide top section on casts, reducing line noise, friction and wear. This improves casting accuracy and minimizes backlashes.
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