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Best Baitcasting Reel of 2022 Reviewed (Buyer’s Guide)

Lance Wilkins
Lance Wilkins
Editor @ CallOutdoors. Outdoor gear-head and adventure addict. I fish, camp and enjoy to writing about my adventures.

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One of the hardest things for avid baitcaster anglers is being able to choose the best baitcasting reel for our needs.

There are so many different baitcasting reels on the market, all made by respected baitcaster reel brands like Shimano or Abu, so where or how do you start your search for the best baitcaster reel?

The best method would be to try and test all your front runners but this kind of service simply isn’t available.

Going back to a spinning reel isn’t an option either, as using a baitcaster gives you that extra casting distance, accuracy, and downright fishing efficiency you simply can’t get from spinning reels.

While finding the best baitcasting reel for you comes down to personal preference, we can make the list of choices a lot shorter so here are the best tried, tested, and renowned baitcasters on the market today…

The Best Baitcasting Reels From The Reviews

Here are the top baitcasting reels from our review…

Top Pick

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3

Tough, durable, easy to maintain, and as smooth as they come. The C3 baitcast fishing reel is made for everything from beach to bass fishing. 

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3

The all-around best baitcasting reel is the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 round baitcasting reel. I love the access it provides to a larger class of fish with its 15 lbs of drag power and high line capacity. 

It’s also incredibly robust without tossing out refinement. It casts beautifully, provides an excellent casting distance of 100ft plus, and has a very smooth crank. It’s not all grunt.

The power stack carbon matrix drag system is also very smooth throughout the range. I’m rough on gear and maintenance shy. I also have clubs for hands and, on balance, find myself working hard plastics deeper in the water column more often.

Best Budget Baitcasting Reel

Lew’s Tournament MP Baitcasting Reel

Super smooth to cast with an oversized handle and a great max drag all wrapped in a quality long-lasting build. It’s hard to find a better baitcasting reel for the money.

Lew’s Tournament MP Baitcasting Reel

The Lew’s baitcasting reel gets the budget prize. While the Spartacus is cheaper, I find there is ultimately better value in the Lew’s.

It’s a far classier reel, and despite all the bells and whistles on the Spartacus, I would have to go with build quality first.

The drag system is reliable, the gear ratio is high, the braking system is refined – it’s an affordable baitcasting reel you can rely on.

There’s an important place in the market for the Spartacus, but all things considered, the Lew’s gets the Best on a budget baitcasting reel. It’s great quality for less.

Best Baitcasting Reel Under 100

KastKing Spartacus II

A lightweight, easy-to-use, smooth, and high-quality baitcasting reel that is tough enough for any inshore species while being as affordable as they come. 

KastKing Spartacus II

The best baitcasting reel under 100 bucks has to be the Kastking Spartacus. The bearing count and maximum drag are off the charts, it’s easy to use, super smooth to crank thanks to the bearing system, and it’s an incredibly lightweight reel too. It even has a dual brake system.

It’s the ideal choice for beginners or anyone saltwater fishing on a tight budget. In case you need more options, find more beginner friendly baitcaster reels here.

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Best Baitcasting Reel For Under 100

KastKing Spartacus II

A lightweight, easy-to-use, smooth, and high-quality baitcasting reel that is tough enough for any inshore species while being as affordable as they come. 

KastKing Spartacus II

Quality

You’d be hard pushed to find a better baitcaster reel for the money. This fishing reel is super smooth to cast and retrieve thanks to the 7 + 1 corrosion-resistant shielded bearing system, and the gear ratio is off the charts too. Add in the drag system and 17.5 lbs of power and you have a baitcasting reel you can use anywhere – river, lake, or sea.

You’re likely to find the SPARTACUS low-profile baitcasting reels at a rock-bottom entry-level price point. I can only assume that it’s manufactured by little magic elves because it’s very difficult to see how it can offer all these inclusions at its rock bottom entry-level price point. KastKing is famous for it.

Let’s not debate it. If it only works at peak for a year or so, you’re still getting fantastic value. Word is, however, it will certainly last you longer than that. Sorry, can’t confirm the tales of longevity, but I’d take a punt on it.

Drag and Bearings

With 7 + 1 corrosion-resistant shielded bearings, it’s a beautifully smooth crank driven by tightly meshed brass gears. There’s a whopping 17.5 pounds of carbon fiber drag which, in my opinion, puts it in the heavy-duty category. Yet weighs in at only 6 ounces.

The 7.2:1 gear ratio is perfect and it puts this baitcasting reel in the all-rounder category so you can cast a very broad range of lures and lure sizes, and you can target anything from bass to stripers and snook.

Value for Money

Really, for the money, that’s enough. But it doesn’t stop there. You also get two braking systems, a micro-cast dual centrifugal and magnetic braking system. In my opinion, they could have channeled the budget elsewhere instead of having a dual brake system.

The standard centrifugal braking system would have been enough. Too much dialing, particularly for the average angler. I took a little while to get the casting right, and I don’t believe I was ever completely happy. Other reels without two braking systems cast much better.

It actually feels reasonable enough in your hand. Aside from the braking systems, I’m yet to find ‘the catch’ with this budget reel. Believe me, I’ve checked feedback from anglers, and the overwhelming majority are in raptures…and have a lot more change in their pockets too.

TIP

This is the sort of reel the casual angler can buy 2 or 3 straight up. You rig them differently for a day on the water. Don’t re-rig, simply change rods. For inshore anglers, you’ll be catching anything from anywhere with the Spartacus – for a lot less money.

Specs

  • Mono capacity LB/YD: 10/140, 12/110, 15/90
  • Braid capacity LB/YD: 20/270, 30/140, 40/115
  • Max Drag: 17.64 lbs
  • Gear Ratio: 7.2:1
  • Ball bearings: 7+1
  • Reel Weight: 6.0 oz
  • Retrieve rate, per crank: 28 inches
  • Retrieve Side: Left or right

Pros

  • Ideal for both saltwater and bass fishing
  • Lightweight reel for tireless casting
  • The dual braking system for the perfect spool tension
  • Exceptional value for all its features
  • Easy to use low profile baitcasting reel for beginners
  • High gear ratio for a quick retrieve
  • Great line capacity, especially with braided line

Cons

  • Pros will find this baitcasting reel a bit sluggish
  • The longevity of the reel is doubtful with so many features at such a low price
  • Having a magnetic brake and centrifugal brake system is overkill for most anglers

Best Budget Baitcasting Reel

Lew’s Tournament MP Baitcasting Reel

Super smooth to cast with an oversized handle and a great max drag all wrapped in a quality long-lasting build. It’s hard to find a better baitcasting reel for the money.

Lew’s Tournament MP Baitcasting Reel

The Lews MB baitcasting reel delivers class and performance at an accessible price point. This is the sort of reel that will be appreciated by the noob and pro alike, and it’s built to last making it one of the best baitcasting reels when it comes to value over time.

The high-strength brass gearing on this low-profile baitcasting reel is beautifully supported by 9 shielded stainless steel ball bearings.

The crank is immaculate, feeling far more expensive than its pricing might suggest.

The Zero-reverse one-way stainless steel clutch bearing delivers a strong hook set come strike time. Zero slack or slop puts all the power to the hook point.

Multi Setting Brake

Casting manners are excellent. The Multi-Setting Brake (MSB) dual cast control braking system feels more accurate and predictable than similar configurations in other brands. 

Dialing in for weight and weather may take some time.

Casting distance is definitely enhanced with the addition of the Zirconia line guide. 

But many anglers will have to experiment a lot to get the settings on the magnetic brake system right. This will frustrate the more impatient anglers who aren’t used to the ‘plug and play’ modern baitcasting reels where adjusting the dual cast control system is key to success.

Casting

If you’re new to a baitcasting reel or not a great caster, I might suggest other baitcasting reel models are easier from the outset. Those who prefer a silent running fishing reel may be put off a little by the noise. It’s not a problem for me, but it’s a deterrent for some.

20 pounds of carbon composite drag allows you to turn big fish fast. Yet the reel weighs an astonishing 6.7 ounces and feels like a part of your hand.

Frame

I’m a big fan of long handles on baitcasting reels, it should be compulsory in my opinion. It makes using a baitcaster so much easier when under pressure from a fish. This one is 95mm and an absolute joy to crank, especially under load. 

The one-piece die-cast aluminum frame and aluminum spool keep things light yet rigid. Even under extreme loads, the gears hold their mesh, and the power is delivered to the fish. Plus with a 7.5:1 gear ratio, you can get your line in quickly and put pressure on fish. 

Durability 

The shielded stainless steel ball bearings, alloy frame and handle, combined with the graphite side plates build a baitcaster designed for serious longevity. Especially when you consider cleaning and maintenance. 

Maintenance on the run is encouraged with the external lube port. A regular drop of lube can add years to the life of any fishing reel.

Ergonomic

The Lew’s baitcaster is a joy to use. The ergonomics are intuitive and well-balanced; it’s light yet strong. This is a light reel that you can cast all day without fatigue.

Lew’s LFS (Lighter, Faster, Stronger) technology has a lot to do with it. It signals a trend in fishing reels and is not unlike Daiwa’s LT Concept that you find in the Daiwa Tatula baitcaster. 

This is what modern reels are about, catching bigger with smaller.

Specs

  • Mono capacity LB/YD: 12/120
  • Braid capacity LB/YD: 50/120
  • Max Drag: 20 lbs
  • Gear Ratio: 7.5:1
  • Ball bearings: 9+1
  • Reel Weight: 6.9 oz
  • Retrieve rate, per crank: 31 inches
  • Retrieve Side: Left or right

Pros

  • Solid, predictable, and reliable
  • Light for easy all-day casting
  • A huge 20 lbs of drag pressure
  • Great all-around reel for bass and inshore
  • Excellent build quality that will last for years
  • Super smooth crank with an excellent gear ratio

Cons

  • Quite a low line capacity, even with braided line
  • Takes a while to get used to the braking system
  • The fishing reel might be a little noisy for some
  • Those with big hands and fingers might find the reel hard to operate

Top Pick

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Baitcast Reel

Tough, durable, easy to maintain, and as smooth as they come. The C3 baitcast fishing reel is made for everything from beach to bass fishing.

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Baitcast Reel

The Swedish-made Abu C3 has restored faith in many a wandering Abu fan. The build quality and simplicity of this baitcaster have created a baitcasting option that screams longevity, reliability, and ease of use. 

In my opinion, the C3 baitcasting reel is a prime example of the perfect marriage of design, quality components, and quality of construction (workmanship).

Compared to the other bait casting reels mentioned, the C3 has only 3 (+1) bearings. The 5.3:1 gear ratio might seem low, however, it’s so smooth, you’d swear there were more, plus they are quality stainless steel ball bearings.

Built to Last

This is a master reel for big hands chasing big cats and bass. This Abu Garcia reel is one heck of a robust reel, designed for those that aren’t so gentle on their fishing equipment thanks to the aluminum spool, aluminum alloy frame, and side plate.

You can be assured that it will stand the test of time under pretty harsh treatment. Even better, the C3 is very easy to service.

Casting

Casting has been improved out-a-sight for the new model. It’s thanks in part to lightening the speed spool and level wind plus the easy-to-use centrifugal brake. 

Importantly, the synced level wind delivers a far more consistent and even line lay onto the spool. This, in my opinion, is the real improvement in casting as the line comes off the spool with minimal resistance. Casting long and accurately is easy with these fishing reels. 

It’s an ideal choice for those anglers that find compact, low-profile reels a little bit of an ergonomic challenge.

Big Catch

You’re chasing a larger class of fish with the C3. The 5500 holds 235 yards of 30-pound on the spool which is a huge line capacity, and you’re well supported with 15-pounds of Abu’s Carbon Matrix drag system. That’s plenty of stopping power for anything inshore species.

The bowed handle and star drag offer a huge improvement in ergonomics. It works beautifully with the thumb bar spool release, for fluid efficient fishing.

For those that fish larger lures such as swimbaits, this is an ideal baitcaster reel. I would also recommend this for fishing live baits, it’s that robust. It handles the heavy stuff beautifully and the anti-reverse makes for an easy feed and hook up. 

While a little brutish relative to its low-profile cousins, don’t be fooled. This is one refined bit of kit – it’s muscle and class. The best of Mustang and Ferrari in one vehicle.

Its Own Appeal

It is a beautifully crafted fishing reel, with a focus on the round reel profile’s traditional simplicity. I predict the new C3 will return any wandering Abu Garcia fans back into the fold.

While a great reel, it is not the reel I’d choose for chasing a smaller class of fish. In that regard, it lacks a little versatility and the reel is a little on the heavier side at 10.5 ounces. 

It’s not a great choice for the one-reel angler looking to cover smaller panfish to larger fish…

While it’s certainly a smooth crank, it seems ABU missed an opportunity to add a few more stainless steel ball bearings to enhance the feel, crank, and strength, while providing greater support to the pinion and gears.

Whatever the case, It’s a workhorse with class that’ll be sure to outlast you.

Specs

  • Mono capacity LB/YD: 12/320
  • Braid capacity LB/YD: 30/310
  • Max Drag: 15 lbs
  • Gear Ratio: 5.3:1
  • Ball bearings: 4
  • Weight: 10.70 oz
  • Retrieve rate, per crank: 26 inches
  • Retrieve Side: Left or right

Pros

  • Built as solid as they come with an aluminum frame
  • Huge line capacity and drag pressure for saltwater fishing
  • Designed for fishing for large inshore species
  • Simplicity is a key feature of the C3
  • Requires minimal maintenance to keep fishing
  • Easy to use braking system makes casting simple
  • Ideal for crankbaits and live baiting with the anti-reverse

Cons

  • A bit heavier than other casting reels
  • 5.3:1 gear ratio is pretty slow compared to other gear ratios
  • Quite a low bearing count
  • A bit simpler compared to other casting reels

SHIMANO Curado K Baitcaster Reel

The low profile K series baitcaster delivers across a huge range of environments from salt to fresh. Its versatility is outstanding and when combined with immensely smooth operation in the casting and cranking department, it’s hard to see a single fault with this low

SHIMANO Curado K Baitcaster Reel

The inclusion of the Shimano Curado K baitcast reel is so predictable it’s nigh on boring. No critic in their right mind can leave it out.

Firstly, relative to my performance criteria it ticks every box and then some. Secondly, Shimano added Micro Module, X-Ship High-efficiency gearing to the K.

This gearing technology was originally reserved for the top-end reels but found its way into the likes of the Shimano Curado DC and K series.

Having made its way into the Shimano Curado K baitcast reel series, anglers now have a fishing reel that performs every bit as well as reels from a much higher price point.

Combined with 6 double sealed stainless bearings made from stainless steel ball bearings, the crank has to be felt to be believed. Smooth casting is an understatement. The small gear teeth deliver a perfect mesh, so locked and so synced you can’t really feel it’s working.

Design

The Shimano Curado K has beautiful lines that are highlighted by the swept star drag. It looks as good as it performs. It’s a classy-looking reel. Shimano hasn’t treated it with the garish neon that’s starting to make its way into some baitcaster designs.

Importantly, there are few inshore applications it won’t handle.

The SVS Infinity magnetic brake system and speed spool lfs adds refinement to the cast that, when mastered, delivers unrivaled length and accuracy. The SVS Infinity braking system is brilliant for casting light lures when the wind’s up and it out-casts the Shimano Curado DC series.

Can Bigger Fish

Fishing light with the K series is way covered. But tackling a larger class of fish is also child’s play thanks to the pinion gear being supported by bearings at each end. 

While this too enhances casting, it comes into its own under heavy battle loads, as gears remain perfectly aligned. All force goes to the fight. The feel of the reel imparts confidence in the toughest of fights. 

NOTE

The icing on the low profile K series cake is the different speed options and it’s available in formats for lefties and righties. Dollar for dollar, it doesn’t get better than the Curado K series.

Price Point

It’s hard to find fault with the reel. However, one can point a questioning finger at Shimano here. Other manufacturers are managing to include more features to their baitcasting gear for less.

There are other comparable reels, and they’re more affordable. I tend to think Shimano can add a little more bling for the price, or reduce the price.

Personally, the latter is probably a good idea. I’d like to see this pedigree of reel a little more accessible to your average angler.

Also, when it comes to saltwater fishing and battling larger inshore species, the gear ratio, line capacity, and the maximum drag come together to give you an unsporting chance. Species like snook and reds are no worries but a big tarpon from the beach is going to school you.

Specs

  • Mono capacity LB/YD: 30/190, 50/120, 65/80
  • Braid capacity LB/YD: 8/180, 10/155, 14/110
  • Max Drag: 11 lbs
  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
  • Ball bearings: 6+1
  • Weight: 7.6 oz
  • Retrieve rate, per crank: 26 inches
  • Retrieve Side: Left or right

Pros

  • Boat, kayak, or land-based; this is a highly versatile reel
  • The speed options enhance an already versatile reel
  • It’s fast AND powerful
  • Ideal for saltwater and freshwater applications
  • Basic cleaning and maintenance will see you hand your Curado onto the kids
  • Guaranteed pedigree reel
  • Super speed spool lfs for great casting distances
  • SVS brake system makes casting easy

Cons

  • Line capacity, drag pressure, and gear ratio don’t stack up for larger fish
  • If features for dollars are your thing, there are better options

Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast X

The low profile Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast is a big fish reel with all the finesse for lighter fishing built-in. The versatility of the Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast is unparalleled when compared with other reels. You can turn up the drag to 30 lbs and hold a 25lb bull red or adjust the excellent brakes to throw lighter lures for bass.

Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast X

The Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast X low profile reel is the big brother of the Abu Garcia Revo SX and the key is in the name. This is  truly a beast of a baitcaster that can handle any inshore species but its burly build doesn’t mean you can also go fishing for freshwater fish like bass, it’s amazingly versatile.

Build Quality 

This is an example of a high quality reel. Every part of the Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast X baitcasting reels is made to ensure they survive for years of fishing in the salt. The aluminum frame, spool, and side plate brush off corrosion, as do the ball bearings, and the carbon fiber drag system isn’t going to suffer in the salt either.

With 5+1 bearings and beautifully aligned gears, the Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast is super smooth when it comes to cranking and under pressure, the gears stay solid. This gives the reel some serious lifting power and makes the chances of a trophy fish snagging you in the mangroves or around cover almost obsolete. 

Carbon Drag

The carbon fiber drag system provides an amazing 30 lbs of pressure and when you can load up to 235 yards of 30 lb line onto the spool, the chances of a fish ever undoing your baitcasting rod and reel setup is almost impossible – unless you hook a marlin but let’s face it, you’re not going to be fishing for them.

Magnetic Brakes

The magnetic brakes are simple to adjust and work like a charm. When combined with the high-speed spool and even line lay, casting becomes about as efficient as possible. Pushing a line 100ft isn’t unrealistic and it’ll be accurate too if you have the baitcasting skills. 

Pricing & Value 

The Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast X baitcasting reels are by no means cheap and are some of the most expensive baitcasting reels on the market. But, as you will know, price is a good reflection of the quality in the world of fishing and you do get what you pay for with these baitcasting reels.

If you’re looking for a fishing reel that can handle some seriously large cats or inshore species that also have the ability to work when fishing for bass, then it’s hard to beat this incredible reel.

But it might not suit everyone, it’s pricier than most baitcasting reels does put it out of range for a lot of anglers and a lot of you won’t need this kind of drag pressure and line capacity.

That being said, if you can afford it, it’s nice to have the option to open up the number of different species and environments you can go fishing for and in with just one reel.

Specs

  • Mono capacity LB/YD: 12/240 14/205 17/170
  • Braid capacity LB/YD: 20/310 30/235 50/165
  • Max Drag: 30 lbs
  • Gear Ratio: 5.8:1
  • Ball bearings: 5+1
  • Weight: 9.5 oz
  • Retrieve rate, per crank: 27 inches
  • Retrieve Side: Left or right

Pros

  • Super-versatile in fresh and saltwater
  • A huge amount of drag power and high line capacity
  • Made for handling big fish like tarpon
  • Aluminum frame and stainless steel ball bearings for corrosion resistance
  • Crank and drag are as smooth as they come
  • The excellent magnetic braking system is easy to use
  • Cast long distances of 100ft plus accurately

Cons

  • An expensive reel by anyone’s standards
  • Gear ratio could be a touch higher

Things To Know When Looking For Your Ideal Baitcaster

What’s the best baitcasting reel?

Finding the best baitcasting reel for you isn’t a matter of just looking at the specs. It’s far more personal than that…

The best baitcasting reel for you will compliment your style of fishing, handle the species you intend on targeting, and provide you with all the right features to accomplish it in the most enjoyable and easy way. 

Always pick baitcasting reels that match your chosen species and environment first. If you love chasing snook and reds, then make sure the reel can handle the salt plus has the right line capacity and max drag to land them. 

Who makes the best baitcasting reel?

In my mind, there are 4 manufacturers of baitcasting reels that are the best when it comes to longevity, reliability, and performance, and 3 of them are featured above. 

The only brand missing from the featured reels above is Daiwa. They are also a solid bet and the Daiwa Tatula would have made the cut if there were 6 reels featured in the review, it was next on my list of best reels.

NOTE

Abu, Shimano, and Lews are all stellar brands and by being loyal to any of them, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great set of reels in your arsenal. 

What kind of fishing line is best for a baitcasting reel?

Baitcast Reel Line Closeup
Baitcast Reel Line Closeup

There are two main types of fishing line that you can put onto a baitcasting reel – mono or braid.

Which of the two types of line is best for you comes down to how experienced you are at casting with a baitcaster and here is why.

Braid

Braid is by far the best line to use if you can handle it, the benefits of braid line are undeniable when compared to a mono line. Braid has a much lower diameter to breaking strain ratio when compared to mono and therefore you can put way more line on your spool using braid.

It also has a lot less stretch and thus has excellent power transfer for increased casting distances and better accuracy. The lack of stretch also translates to fish fighting ability and you can put a lot more pressure on a fish with braid than mono too. 

But, braid backlashes and tangles much more easily than a mono line ever will. If you’re just getting used to casting with a baitcaster, then start with mono and progress to a braided line once you have mastered it.

What do strength, power, and versatility look like in a baitcaster? 

I want a baitcaster that will allow me to cast the lightest of soft plastics at a smaller class of fish. But I also want the reel to punch well above its weight. I want to know that should I hook a mega bass on a swimbait, that I have every chance of playing it out and landing it.

TIP

Look for reels that hold a good amount of light line but with higher gear ratio and a solid drag pressure and you end up with a reel that can do it all.

Casting capabilities are almost more important than anything

Man Using a Baitcast Reel
Man Using a Baitcast Reel

It nearly goes without saying; casting length and accuracy are important. After all, this is why you have chosen a baitcaster in the first place. Or else you’d still be using a spinning reel. Find out more on baitcaster vs spinning reels here.

The whole reason for using baitcasting reels over spinning reels is the increased distance and accuracy they provide and this all comes down to the brake system. Make sure it’s easily adjustable but doesn’t need too much fine-tuning.

Backlashes are the enemy, they take up valuable fishing time to fix and can ruin your day on the water. 

NOTE

Keep in mind that backslashes and your fault 90% of the time and it comes down to your thumbing skills, so don’t always blame the reel. 

You want a reel that lasts – period

Going through all the effort of finding the right reel for you to have it break or not last a season isn’t an option…

Look for quality reels made from quality materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and make sure the bearings are shielded and can handle corrosion, especially if you’re fishing in the ocean.

If it’s smooth, you’ll love it 

You are going to want the drag system and the crank to be as smooth as possible. It makes fishing more enjoyable and you can work your baits in the most effective way.

Plus when you hook up, you’re going to want every ounce of pressure the reel can deliver. 

Enough bearings are essential but too many is overkill and can increase the price point unnecessarily, around 5 is ideal. Carbon drags are the way forward when it comes to smoothness and reliability. 

What does value mean for you? 

Anglers place different values on particular inclusions and technologies. That which might be value for money for one angler may differ from another. 

For example, some anglers might not find any great value in having 8 bearings over 6, considering the extra cost for 2 more bearings but another may want the additional smoothness on the crank. 

See how one of the top baitcasting reels from our list perform with this video

New Baitcasting Reel for 2021 – Lew’s Tournament MP Speed Spool LFS Review

Spool capacities are not a big consideration here either. While important, I’ll not bang on about it. Most of these reels will be deployed in close quarters where stronger drag is of higher value than how much line you have available – but not when it comes to beach fishing. 

With modern braided fishing lines, most compact baitcasters can hold more than enough line but always think about your intended species and their pulling power. 

Baiting Away 

It’s always a task to choose the best baitcasting reel for your needs and I hope the lineup above has whittled your options down to a far more manageable amount of reel options to make your final choice from. 

If you need a little more help deciding, here are the three I’d select from.

Top Pick

For the best casting reel in the list, my top pick would be the Abu C3. The simplicity, long-lasting functionality, quality build, and ease of use makes it a casting reel that you’ll have for years and come to love. It’s super smooth, has the line capacity and drag force for bigger fish, and comes with minimal maintenance.

Best on a Budget

The best budget baitcasting reel is the Lews. This casting reel screams value for money with a superior build quality compared to any others in its price category. You can rely on this reel to perform for years and you’re going to love the smooth crank, drag, and awesome casting abilities it brings to the table.

Best Baitcasting Reel Under 100

The best baitcasting reel for under 100 can only be the KastKing Spartacus. Feature-rich with all the bells and whistles from a high drag and bearing count to solid gear ratios, it’s hard to understand how it’s so affordable. But, there isn’t much to fault about it, so if you’re on a budget, this is the budget reel to go for.

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Lance Wilkins
Lance Wilkins
Editor @ CallOutdoors. Outdoor gear-head and adventure addict. I fish, camp and enjoy to writing about my adventures.
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