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Best Spinning Reel – Reels To Get You Hooked On Fishing

  • Updated: November 17, 2019
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From beginners to experts, having the best spinning reel for your level, and budget, will make the difference between a nightmare, and a good day out!

Below we set out our top picks for spinning reels.

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Best Spinning Reels - (Comparison Table)

Best Overall
Penn 1481260 Spinfisher VI Spinning Saltwater Reel, 2500 Reel Size, 6.2: 1 Gear Ratio
Daiwa BG5000 BG Saltwater Spinning Reel, 5000, 5.7: 1 Gear Ratio, 6+1 Bearings, 47.40" Retrieve Rate, 22 lb Max Drag
Shimano Ultegra 2500FB XG; Freshwater Spinning Fishing Reel
Abu Garcia RVO-3SXHSL Revo Low-Profile Baitcast Fishing Reel, High Speed, Left Hand
Best Budget
Pflueger PRESXTSP30X President XT Spinning Reel, 30
Brand & Model
PENN Spinfisher V
Daiwa BG
Shimano Stradic FX
Abu Garcia Revo SX
Pflueger President XT
Weight
406 g (14.4 oz)
240 g (8.5 oz)
430 g (15.2 oz)
204 g (7.2 oz)
226 g (8 oz)
Line Capacity
Mono 390/4, 250/6, 210/8
Mono 4/155
Mono 200/6
Mono 110/6
Mono 200/2
Gear Ratio
6.2:1
6.0:1
6.0.1
9+1
10
Drag
9.07 / 10.14 kg (20 – 40 lbs)
2 - 14.96 kg (4.4 – 33 lbs)
10.9 kg (24 lbs)
4.53 – 10.88 kg (10 - 17 lbs)
3.1 - 10.88 kg (7 – 24 lbs)
Bearings
5+1
6+1
6 + 1
6.2:1
6.2:1
Best Overall
Penn 1481260 Spinfisher VI Spinning Saltwater Reel, 2500 Reel Size, 6.2: 1 Gear Ratio
Brand & Model
PENN Spinfisher V
Weight
406 g (14.4 oz)
Line Capacity
Mono 390/4, 250/6, 210/8
Gear Ratio
6.2:1
Drag
9.07 / 10.14 kg (20 – 40 lbs)
Bearings
5+1
Daiwa BG5000 BG Saltwater Spinning Reel, 5000, 5.7: 1 Gear Ratio, 6+1 Bearings, 47.40" Retrieve Rate, 22 lb Max Drag
Brand & Model
Daiwa BG
Weight
240 g (8.5 oz)
Line Capacity
Mono 4/155
Gear Ratio
6.0:1
Drag
2 - 14.96 kg (4.4 – 33 lbs)
Bearings
6+1
Shimano Ultegra 2500FB XG; Freshwater Spinning Fishing Reel
Brand & Model
Shimano Stradic FX
Weight
430 g (15.2 oz)
Line Capacity
Mono 200/6
Gear Ratio
6.0.1
Drag
10.9 kg (24 lbs)
Bearings
6 + 1
Abu Garcia RVO-3SXHSL Revo Low-Profile Baitcast Fishing Reel, High Speed, Left Hand
Brand & Model
Abu Garcia Revo SX
Weight
204 g (7.2 oz)
Line Capacity
Mono 110/6
Gear Ratio
9+1
Drag
4.53 – 10.88 kg (10 - 17 lbs)
Bearings
6.2:1
Best Budget
Pflueger PRESXTSP30X President XT Spinning Reel, 30
Brand & Model
Pflueger President XT
Weight
226 g (8 oz)
Line Capacity
Mono 200/2
Gear Ratio
10
Drag
3.1 - 10.88 kg (7 – 24 lbs)
Bearings
6.2:1

Top Spinning Reels

Best Spinning Reel Overall 

PENN Spinfisher V

This is a great spinning reel for those fishermen new to the sport, or those who are looking to upgrade their gear.

The anodised aluminium spool is long lasting and hard wearing. The sealed drag system is one of its best features and will prevent corrosion.

The 5 bearing system and techno balanced rotor make this unit retraction very smooth. 

  • Weight: 406 g (14.4 oz)
  • Line Capacity: Mono 390/4, 250/6, 210/8
  • Bearings: 5+1 shielded stainless steel
  • Drag: 9.07 / 10.14 kg (20 – 40 lbs)
  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1

What we like

  • Sealed drag system
  • Suitable for sea fishing
  • Stainless steel shaft for extra strength
  • 5 Bearing system with rubber seal
  • Super line Spool line capacity rings

What we don't like

  • Can suffer war after a seasons heavy use.

Best All round Spinning Reel

Daiwa BG

The anodized and stainless steel construction makes this reel durable and long lasting. This reel can stand up to the riggers of sea fishing as its seals will protect the unit from corrosion

The rotor system is 15% lighter than other reels of its size while still maintaining good balance.

The Daiwa BG features an oversized digger system this reduces the stress on the mechanism and provides a smoother action.

This reel is able to cope with inshore or boat fishing. Its size and weight make this reel suitable for kayak fishing too.

  • Weight:  240 g (8.5 oz)
  • Line Capacity: Mono 4/155
  • Bearings: 6+1 shielded stainless steel
  • Drag: 2 - 14.96 kg (4.4 – 33 lbs)
  • Gear Ratio: 6.0:1

What we like

  • Infinite Anti-Reverse System to prevent back play
  • Oversized Digigear
  • Air Rotor
  • Stainless steel and anodized construction

What we don't like

  • Flipping between casting and reeling can begin to stick if nto maintained.

Best Saltwater Spinning Reel

Shimano Stradic FK

Shimano is a name synonymous with quality and this reel is no exception.  It offers a great retrieval rate of 78.74 cm (31 in) to 104.17cm (41 in)

Many users have commented on the improvement in balance making this model elegant and a pleasure to use.

The Stradio FX features a Hagane Body giving this unit a strong durability.  Despite this though if you wish to use this reel while fishing in saltwater, you will need to maintain it carefully.

There is a steel ball which gives a satisfying snap to indicate its transition.  The combination of both felt and steel washers provide quality drag.

  • Weight:  240 g (8.5 oz)
  • Line Capacity: Mono 4/155
  • Bearings: 6+1 shielded stainless steel
  • Drag: 2 - 14.96 kg (4.4 – 33 lbs)
  • Gear Ratio: 6.0:1

What we like

  • Easy to handle
  • Good speed of retrieval
  • Quality components that can stand the harsh rigours of the sea
  • Strong, light and durable design

What we don't like

  • Heavier than other models of Shimano Stradio

Best Value For Money Spinning Reel

Abu Garcia Revo SX

The Abu Garcia Revo SX comprises of a one piece, carbon body with aluminum mechanism. This means the unit is not only light but strong and durable too.

With a combination of the everlast bail and rocket lip system. This enables the line management of the unit to be one of its best features.

A graphite rotor completes this unit, making it extra light whilst still keeping its strength

  • Weight:  204 g (7.2 oz)
  • Line Capacity: Mono 110/6
  • Bearings: 9+1
  • Drag: 4.53 – 10.88 kg (10 - 17 lbs)
  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1

What we like

  • Stainless steel bearings
  • C6 Carbon body
  • Has an ergonomic design
  • Graphite rotor reduces the weight.

What we don't like

  • Its attempts to be different may have gone a bit too far and be hard to get used to in the beginning.

  • Less experienced users may find the reel difficult to use at first.

This is a great entry level spinning real. It has an aluminum shaft that’s 30% lighter than other shafts.

It has a sealed unit but is not totally water tight. If you use this unit to do salt water fishing you need to make especially sure to clean it or the unit will corrode.

A carbon fibre handle and rubber cork finishes off the sleek design

  • Weight:  226 g (8 oz)
  • Line Capacity: Mono 200/2
  • Bearings: 10
  • Drag: 3.1 - 10.88 kg (7 – 24 lbs)
  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1

What we like

  • Affordable for the angler on a budget
  • The unit has a decent amount of drag
  • Ten bearing system making the action very smooth
  • 30% lighter than steel shafts 

What we don't like

  • Not suited to saltwater fishing.
  • Unsealed components that require thorough cleaning after each use.

Buyer's Guide for Spinning Reels

When choosing a spinning reel, it's best to remember that not all reels are created equal.
Different reels are suited to different types of fishing, trout, bass, sea dwelling species etc.

Using a small reel suited for trout fishing will not withstand the rigours or sea fishing. The type of fishing you want to do will determine the types of reels you can choose from.

Gear Ratio

The gears on a reel are similar to that of a bicycle. Choosing different gears will alter the rate at which the ball rotates around the spool.

Smaller gear ratios (Less than 6) are best for larger or more stubborn fish. Larger gear ratios are better for smaller types.

Drag

No I am not talking about you reel being dressed up in sparkly clothes and singing “It’s raining fish”. Drag is the amount of “give” a fish can receive when it pulls against your line.

The reason for this is to protect your reel, line and rod from sharp shocks that can cause damage or even break the line, or the rod itself.

To better illustrate this point, think of your line being connected to a static poll. If you pull consistently against the line, the line will hold However if you jerk the line suddenly and violently, there is a good chance it will snap.

Setting a reels drag will prevent this from happening.

Reel Size

Different reel sizes are suited for different gauges of fishing lines. The thinner the line, the smaller the reel size should be.

Bearings

The quality of a reels bearings can make a significant difference to your fishing experience. Poor quality bearings will make the line retraction stiff, jerky and unpleasant.

The poorer the quality of the bearings, the more susceptible to corrosion the reel will be.  

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