Fish like the pros with these 10 baitcasting reels.
Baitcasters are a staple of just about every pro bass angler out there.
Why? Well, baitcasting reels can handle heavier fishing line and lures, and they give the angler more control their casts. Baitcasters are are designed to fit in the palm of your hand, which means you have more control over the motion of your lures than would with a spinning reel.
Not to mention, most modern baitcasting reels have features that allow you to dial in your optimal performance settings.
These 10 baitcasting reels are some of the most popular baitcasting reels on the market. We’ve included selections for anglers who are just starting with baitcasting reels, as well as picks for intermediate, advanced and pro anglers who know their way around a baitcaster.
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned angler, these 10 baitcasting reels are great tools to help you catch some monster fish like the pros.
Bass Pro Shops® Tourney Special is a highly customizable reel that’s packed with technology to give you greater control over your casts. The reel’s Smart Cast dual centrifugal brake system automatically applies the right amount of brake force to each one of your casts. That means you’ll have more control and less backlash. The reel’s external cast control dial allows you to dial in your perfect cast to your specifications. And if you really want to tinker with the reel, you can open the side panel and adjust or remove the reel’s braking pins. Additional features include a 5 bearing system with instant anti reverse and a titanium nitride coated line guide.
If you’re just getting into baitcasting reels, the Pinnacle® Platinum Plus™ 6 BB Baitcast Reel is a good one to start with. This is an affordable entry-level reel that will help you make longer casts at higher speeds using less effort. Mastering baitcasting reels can be tricky, but the Pinnacle Platinum Plus makes both casting and retrieving smooth fairly easy. Standout features of this reel include an unlimited anti-reverse system, an audible click drag star, a fully-adjustable magnetic cast control system with 8 magnets and a high-speed 6.2:1 gear ratio.
Bass Pro designed their Qualifier® Baitcast Reel with tournament pros in mind. That’s why it’s been a favorite of Bassmaster Elite Pro Edwin Evers. This reel is a high-performing workhorse, whether you’re on the tournament circuit, or just fishing with your friends on the weekend. It’s sleek and lightweight one-piece machined-aluminum frame house the reel’s 7-bearing system and Bass Pro’s trademark Dual Braking System. Additional features include a powerlock instant anti-reverse system, pin-release side plate and built in-lube port.
The Okuma® Citrix CI-254V Baitcasting Reel is sleek, sturdy and geared for high performance. This reel has an anodized aluminum frame that houses a machined-aluminum V shaped-spool. The reel’s multi-disc composite system provides up to 11 pounds of drag and stable pressure throughout the entire drag range. Get your cast just right using the reel’s external centrifugal cast control system. And with the zirconium line guide insert, braided lines won’t be an issue. The Citrix is available in a 5.4:1 gear ratio.
The Abu Garcia® Orra™ SX-MS is another quality baitcasting reel from Abu Garcia. This compact and lightweight reel has an alloy frame with graphite side plates. Its high-performance braking system provides up to 15 pounds of drag, which comes in handy when you have a big fish on your line. The Orra SX-MS also has 7+1 bearing system for smooth casts and hooksets. This reel is available in two gear ratios: 6.4:1 and 7.1:1.
The Quantum® Accurist™ PT is a pro-grade baitcasting reel designed for precision control (The “PT” stands for “Performance Tuned.”) The reel’s features Quantum’s dual cast-control technology that will accommodate for varied wind speeds and lure weights. Upon casting, the Accurist PT automatically engages its gears, which means you’ll have greater control and power over your hook sets. The Accurist PT is available in two gear ratios: 7.0:1 and 6.3:1.
The Shimano® Calcutta® B Round series are high-quality, high-performance baitcasting reels. These are arguably the smoothest reels featured on this list. Each Calcutta B reel features a cold-forged aluminum frame, comfortable Septon handle grips and accessible Variable Brake System for easy cast control. This reel is so comfortable you might forget that you’re holding it. These reels are available in 4 gear ratios: 5.0:1, 4.7:1, 5.8:1 and 6.0:1.
Show your support for the armed services with the Evercast™ Baitcasting Reel. Each reel comes stamped with an insignia of your choice of US military branch.
With its high-strength aluminum alloy frame, this reel is tough and built to last. Standout features include an adjustable 6-point centrifugal braking system, a dartanium drag system for smooth casting control and a high-speed 6.2:1 gear ratio.
An open-access spool design and ergonomic design are the standout features of the Daiwa® Aird Baitcasting Reel. The open spool design will give you greater control over your line and help to reduce back lash when you cast. The Aird also feature’s Daiwa’s original Swept Handle design, which keeps the reel balanced on the rod. Additional features of the Aird include an infinite anti-reverse and dual stopper, magforce cast control and Ultimate Tournament Carbon drag.
The Abu Garcia® Revo® S is an easy-to-use, comfortable, lightweight baitcasting reel. It features a 7+1 bearing system for smooth operation and increased casting distance, a Carbon Matrix drag system for consistent drag pressure throughout the entire drag range, and a pitch centrifugal braking system. The Revo S is about as comfortable as they come, so you won’t mind having it your hands all day while you bag the big ones.