Product Reviews on Fishing Reels
Top Three Ultralight Spinning Reels
Ultralights are usually reels that handle six pound test line or less. Some reels are actually designed for 2 pound test line. Prices vary for these little guys, as does quality and saltwater resistance.
Top Seven Light Tackle Spinning Reels
Light tackle spinning reels are reels that are ideal for inshore angling. Line capacity and strength in the 8 to 15 pound test range make them good for a variety of fish.
Top Three Heavy Tackle Spinning Reels
Heavy spinning reels are used in a variety of fishing situations, from surf fishing to trolling blue water. They are made tough and will stand up to a reasonable amount of abuse.
Product Summary - Penn GT 320 Reel
An excellent reel for king mackerel trolling when matched with the proper rod, and still has the guts to double as a light bottom fishing reel.
Product Summary - Daiwa BG-15 Spinning Reels
This is a rugged workhorse that has both saltwater and freshwater fishing capacities - built for rough use. If I were looking for a reel that I could use, abuse, and use again, this would be the one.
Product Summary - Penn Slammer 460 Spinning Reel
This is one of Penn's top spinning reels with six ball bearings and an all metal housing. With as good a drag system as any spinning reel I have fished, this reel will haul in some big fish.
Product Summary - Mitchell 300X Spinning Reel
This new light spinner from Mitchell is a remake of the famous 300. It's a good economical reel that performs well.
Product Summary - Shakespeare Catera Spinning Reels
This is a relatively low priced reel that really works as well its higher priced cousins. The rear drag takes some practice to use effectively.
Product Summary - Shimano Symetre Spinning Reels
I purchased four Symetres after fishing with another guide who used them almost exclusively. They stood up to daily pressure, often by anglers who were not very proficient. That was enough proof for me to give them a try.