If you’re looking to increase your casting distance, then you need to check out these five best fishing reels for long distance surfcasting.
The tools of both long distance casting and surfcasting are essentially a highly tuned reel and a long fishing pole. However, don’t be fooled by its apparent simplicity—the types of rods are vast, and the reels can be extremely complex. These are two sports that are not for the fainthearted. But, those willing to take the time to master the Hatteras and Pendulum casts are well rewarded; especially the surfcasters.
We’ve compiled a list and some videos of the very best surfcasting reels.
There are two things you will find in common with all five of our selected reels. First, they each have a CT frame. In other words, they have an open cage and no level wind system. The line must be manually guided when reeling the line in. Second, a magnetic braking system is a must for a distance casting reel. Magnets provide smoother and more controlled braking than the traditional centrifugal brakes.
Bottom line is, if you love surf fishing, but haven’t learned how to throw a conventional reel yet, then now is the time. Click through the slideshow to check out our top five distance casting reels.
What is your favorite distance casting reel? Share it with us in the comment section below.
Daiwa Millionaire 7HT Mag
The Daiwa Millionare is our number one pick for good reason—this model was used by Danny Moeskops when he set the current world record.
The Akios reels are some of the best crafted conventional reels out there. The Akios tournament series are their premier line, and are ready right out the box to cast into the horizon.
Abu Garcia 6500 CT Mag Series
Abu Garcia has been making reels since the 50s. They are tried and true and will last a lifetime, if taken care of. The Abu pictured here is a Mag series. They are difficult to find in the U.S., so many people purchase level wind 6500s and upgrade them. The upgrades usually include new ceramic bearings, the removal of the level wind, and the addition of a magnetic brake. Many upgraded Abu 6500s have been used to set distance casting records.
Avet MC Lever Drag Series
Avets are typically used by offshore anglers. But, in the right hands, they are a dynamite surfcasting reel.
PENN 525 Mag
The Penn 525 Mag is a very common surfcasting reel in the U.S. You can’t go wrong with a Penn reel. Of the five reels that we have listed, the Penn 525 is the easiest on the wallet. This makes it a great reel for individuals just getting into the sport.