Top 10 Best Baitcasting Fishing Reels
for January 2022

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KastKing Royale Legend II Baitcasting Reels, Gear Ratio 7.2:1, Right Handed Fishing Reel

KastKing Royale Legend II Baitcasting Reels

Gear Ratio 7.2:1, Right Handed Fishing Reel

by KastKing
What We like

FASTER AND LIGHTER - Royale Legend II provides faster gear ratios than the previous models. The new 5.4:1 gear ratio model is perfect for crankbaits or slower presentations, while the 7.2:1 gear ratio model that quickly picks up fishing line at 29.8 per turn is great for pitching jigs or burning baits at high speed. Compact design also saves weights for Royale Legend II, making it just 7.2oz, which is lighter than most of graphite side covers and frame casting reels available today.

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Product Features

  • NEW COMPACT DESIGN - KastKing Royale Legend Series has been anglers favorite baitcasters since 2014. Royale Legend II Baitcasting Reels are totally redesigned for comfort and super performance! Its a compact size low profile baitcaster fishing reel combined with a concealed side cover release that makes the reel comfortable even after thousands of casts during a day of fishing.
  • STRONGER - KastKings new Royale Legend II casting reels are equipped with an extra-hard stainless steel main shaft, Hamai precision machined brass gears, diamond shape ceramic line guide and CNC aluminum spools for strength and durability. Combine those high-end features with a quadruple disc carbon drag that delivers a fishing stopping 17.6 lbs of drag and an incredibly low price, and you have the best value in baitcasting reels available today.
  • LEGACY CARRY-ON AND BEYOND The new Royale Legend II casting reel has carried the legacy and set a new bar for performance and durability. For the first time, KastKing implements the double bearing supported pinion gear technology to a $40 reel, that delivers a 35% increase in smoothness under load compared to the original Royale Legend. This new design structure increases durability by an astounding 30%.
  • CROSS-FIRE MAGNETIC BRAKING SYSTEM - To avoid time consuming and frustrating overruns and backlashes, the new Royale Legend II fishing reels include a newly designed, dynamic magnetic braking system with 8 magnetic buttons, compared to only 5 or 6 on most other reels. Royale Legend IIs ten-level adjustable braking system eliminates casting issues while maximizing casting distance and fishing line control in windy conditions. Say goodbye to overruns and hello to more fish in the boat.

Legacy carry-on and beyond the new royale legend ii casting reel has carried the legacy and set a new bar for performance and durability. for the first time, KastKing implements the double bearing supported pinion gear technology to a $40 reel, that delivers a 35% increase in smoothness under load compared to the original royale legend. this new design structure increases durability by an astounding 30%. Stronger - KastKings new royale legend ii casting reels are equipped with an extra-hard stainless steel main shaft, hamai precision machined brass gears, diamond shape ceramic line guide and cnc aluminum spools for strength and durability. combine those high-end features with a quadruple disc carbon drag that delivers a fishing stopping 17.6 lbs of drag and an incredibly low price, and you have the best value in baitcasting reels available today. New compact design - KastKing royale legend series has been anglers favorite baitcasters since 2014. royale legend ii baitcasting reels are totally redesigned for comfort and super performance! its a compact size low profile baitcaster fishing reel combined with a concealed side cover release that makes the reel comfortable even after thousands of casts during a day of fishing. Cross-fire magnetic braking system - to avoid time consuming and frustrating overruns and backlashes, the new royale legend ii fishing reels include a newly designed, dynamic magnetic braking system with 8 magnetic buttons, compared to only 5 or 6 on most other reels. royale legend iis ten-level adjustable braking system eliminates casting issues while maximizing casting distance and fishing line control in windy conditions. say goodbye to overruns and hello to more fish in the boat.

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KastKing Rover Round Baitcasting Reel, Right Handed Fishing Reel,Rover60

KastKing Rover Round Baitcasting Reel

Right Handed Fishing Reel, Rover60

by Eposeidon
What We like

VERSATILE - KastKing Rover is a perfect conventional reel for trolling, bottom fishing, and other techniques used in freshwater and saltwater (Size 40 60 with 2-pin centrifugal brake that is good for casting). The oversized nonslip EVA grips, line out clicker alarm, easy access thumb bar spool release (40-60 sizes) and the classic look are everything you would expect of a round baitcasting fishing reel.

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Product Features

  • BULLET PROOF - The hot Rover reel just became hotter. The KastKing Rover round baitcasting reel has been reinforced with thicker hard anodized aluminum side plates, CNC machined spool, precision cut brass gears, all alloy flawless level wind, industry-first stainless steel worm gear, patented metal idle gear, stainless steel shaft and other components for superior durability and corrosion protection.
  • MORE POWERFUL - You will love the stronger, more powerful KastKing Rover round baitcasting reel with a superior carbon fiber drag system. With its newly designed Cymbal Washer System, KastKing Rover now offers up to 30LB of smooth drag.
  • SUPER SMOOTH - KastKing Rover reels have premium MaxiDur double shielded stainless steel ball bearings (6 + 1 BBs on Size 40-60, 4 + 1 BBs on 70 - 90) for smooth operation.
  • FISH INTO THE FUTURE - KastKing Rover conventional reels are built with functionality, quality, and are built to last. KastKing Rover Series deliver fantastic design, power, and performance at an affordable price. Anglers who want an affordable, dependable levelwind round baitcasting reel to add to their trolling reel fishing tackle will appreciate the low price and high quality of a KastKing Rover.

Bullet proof - the hot rover reel just became hotter. the kastking rover round baitcasting reel has been reinforced with thicker hard anodized aluminum side plates, cnc machined spool, precision cut brass gears, all alloy flawless level wind, industry-first stainless steel worm gear, patented metal idle gear, stainless steel shaft and other components for superior durability and corrosion protection. Fish into the future - kastking rover conventional reels are built with functionality, quality, and are built to last. kastking rover series deliver fantastic design, power, and performance at an affordable price. anglers who want an affordable, dependable levelwind round baitcasting reel to add to their trolling reel fishing tackle will appreciate the low price and high quality of a kastking rover. More powerful - you will love the stronger, more powerful kastking rover round baitcasting reel with a superior carbon fiber drag system. with its newly designed cymbal washer system, kastking rover now offers up to 30lb of smooth drag. Super smooth - kastking rover reels have premium maxidur double shielded stainless steel ball bearings (6 + 1 bbs on size 40-60, 4 + 1 bbs on 70 - 90) for smooth operation.

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Piscifun Torrent Right Handed 7.1:1 Baitcasting Reel 18LB Carbon Fiber Drag Low Profile Baitcaster Fishing Reel Tournament Baitcast Reels

Piscifun Torrent Right Handed 7.1:1 Baitcasting Reel 18LB Carbon Fiber Drag Low Profile Baitcaster Fishing Reel Tournament Baitcast Reels

by Piscifun
What We like

PERFORMANCE - Low profile design bait caster featuring 7.1:1 gear ratios specifically designed for the versatile angler. The Super Silent high speed 7.1:1 Gear Ratio baitcasting fishing reel is perfect for getting fish quickly out of cover and faster fishing tactics

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Product Features

  • DURABLE - Industrial durable-strength, climate-resistant Japanese Hami cut 3604 brass gears, these are all top quality gears you expect for baitcaster fishing reels
  • UNPARALLELED - Strong double wind shafts and backlash-eliminating 0-10 magnetic dial-in settings
  • POWERFUL- Advanced, 4-washer, gives the low profile baitcasting reel physically powerful 18LB carbon fiber drag to handle the big fish you are after
  • UNIQUE - Unique side-plate oil port for prolonged maintenance for Novice to Pro to maximize your baitcast reel life and performance

Unparalleled - strong double wind shafts and backlash-eliminating 0-10 magnetic dial-in settings Powerful- advanced, 4-washer, gives the low profile baitcasting reel physically powerful 18lb carbon fiber drag to handle the big fish you are after Unique - unique side-plate oil port for prolonged maintenance for novice to pro to maximize your baitcast reel life and performance Durable - industrial durable-strength, climate-resistant japanese hami cut 3604 brass gears, these are all top quality gears you expect for baitcaster fishing reels

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KastKing Royale Legend/Whitemax Low Profile Baitcasting Fishing Reel – 11 +1 Shielded Bearings, 17.5 Lb Carbon Fiber Drag (A: Right-Black)

KastKing Royale Legend/Whitemax Low Profile Baitcasting Fishing Reel – 11 +1 Shielded Bearings

17.5 Lb Carbon Fiber Drag (A: Right-Black)

by KastKing
What We like

UNMATCHED Precision cut brass gear structure and carbon fiber drag system delivering 17.5 LBs of drag offer the ultimate in a high performance low maintenance baitcasting reel package.

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Product Features

  • BIGGER LINE CAPACITY Royale Legend I is a bigger baitcasting reel than the 2nd generation. Its a good fit when you need to have more lines on your reel.
  • PERFORMANCE - Low profile design bait caster with a super silent high speed 7.0:1 line retrieve. Two color anodized aluminum forged multi-ported whiffle-style spool offers maximum strength while reducing weight.
  • GREAT FOR BEGINNERS The 1st Generation Royal legend baitcasting reel has one of the best dual brake systems with a quick, easy to fine-tune reliable centrifugal and magnetic brake system for superior casting control. If you are new to baitcasters or get frustrated with backlashes, the Royale Legend is the perfect choice.

Great for beginners the 1st generation royal legend baitcasting reel has one of the best dual brake systems with a quick, easy to fine-tune reliable centrifugal and magnetic brake system for superior casting control. if you are new to baitcasters or get frustrated with backlashes, the royale legend is the perfect choice. Performance - low profile design bait caster with a super silent high speed 7.0:1 line retrieve. two color anodized aluminum forged multi-ported whiffle-style spool offers maximum strength while reducing weight. Bigger line capacity royale legend i is a bigger baitcasting reel than the 2nd generation. its a good fit when you need to have more lines on your reel.

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Calamus X2 Baitcasting Fishing Reels,Right Handed Reel,7.2:1 Gear Ratio

Calamus X2 Baitcasting Fishing Reels

Right Handed Reel, 7.2:1 Gear Ratio

by Calamus
What We like

TOURNAMENT TESTED PERFORMANCE Calamus X2 baitcasters are equipped with precision machined brass gears for strength and durability, short main shaft for smooth casting and a lightweight graphite frame for all day comfort and reliability. Combine those high-end features with a quadruple disc carbon drag that delivers a fish stopping, 18 lbs of drag at a super low price.

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Product Features

  • SUPER COMFORTABLE DESIGN New! Calamus X2 Baitcasting fishing Reel is ready to deliver unparalleled performance and comfort! With only 6.7oz weight, this 42mm compact sized baitcasting fishing reel combines smooth side covers and a recessed braking adjustment dial that makes the reel comfortable even after thousands of casts during a day of fishing.
  • MICRO-ADJUSTABLE BRAKING SYSTEM Calamus X2 features a 30-position Micro-transition magnetic braking system that delicately controls spool speed and reduces over runs while fishing a wide variety of baits. The one-hand operated, recessed braking adjustment dial and 8 magnets allows the angler to set the perfect braking power. You can confidently cast any type of lure or bait without worrying about back lashes!
  • SUPERIOR COMPONENTS Calamus X2 casting reels offer light weight graphite side covers and frames, CNC aluminum spool and extended 4-1/3 inch (106mm) handle, and comfortable EVA handle knobs. With 5+1 double-shielded, stainless-steel ball bearings, the Calamus X2 can get it done in both freshwater or saltwater.
  • FAST GEAR RATIO Calamus X2 baitcasting reels are ready for a wide variety of fishing techniques. The 7.2:1 gear ratio is the best all-around gear ratio for most applications from pitching jigs, to retrieving spinner baits and bladed jigs. Its also fast enough that you can pick up line quickly to pull fish out of heavy cover. If you have just one reel, the 7.2:1 gear ratio is your best choice.

Superior components Calamus x2 casting reels offer light weight graphite side covers and frames, cnc aluminum spool and extended 4-1/3 inch (106mm) handle, and comfortable eva handle knobs. with 5+1 double-shielded, stainless-steel ball bearings, the Calamus x2 can get it done in both freshwater or saltwater. Micro-adjustable braking system Calamus x2 features a 30-position micro-transition magnetic braking system that delicately controls spool speed and reduces over runs while fishing a wide variety of baits. the one-hand operated, recessed braking adjustment dial and 8 magnets allows the angler to set the perfect braking power. you can confidently cast any type of lure or bait without worrying about back lashes! Fast gear ratio Calamus x2 baitcasting reels are ready for a wide variety of fishing techniques. the 7.2:1 gear ratio is the best all-around gear ratio for most applications from pitching jigs, to retrieving spinner baits and bladed jigs. its also fast enough that you can pick up line quickly to pull fish out of heavy cover. if you have just one reel, the 7.2:1 gear ratio is your best choice. Super comfortable design new! Calamus x2 baitcasting fishing reel is ready to deliver unparalleled performance and comfort! with only 6.7oz weight, this 42mm compact sized baitcasting fishing reel combines smooth side covers and a recessed braking adjustment dial that makes the reel comfortable even after thousands of casts during a day of fishing.

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13 FISHING Concept Z 6.6:1 Gear Ratio Freshwater/Saltwater Baitcasting Fishing Reel

13 FISHING Concept Z 6.6:1 Gear Ratio Freshwater/Saltwater Baitcasting Fishing Reel

by 13 Fishing (Sports)
What We like

HD ALUMINUM FRAME AND GEAR SIDEPLATE - Both the frame and gear sideplates of the Concept Z are made out of aluminum, making it incredibly lightweight yet durable against the elements and strong enough to handle large fish.

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Product Features

  • 6-WAY CENTRIFUGAL BRAKING SYSTEM - The 6-way centrifugal braking system allows to adjust the 6 pins of the braking system from under the beetle wing sideplate.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE REEL - This bait casting reel casts significantly farther than reel with traditional ball bearings.
  • CONCEPT ZERO BEARING TECHNOLOGY - CZB Technology replaces all ball bearing with proprietary new space-age polymer material.
  • CORROSION PROTECTION - This light fishing reel constructed using Ocean Armor 2 Saltwater Protection Process to fight corrosion.

Concept zero bearing technology - czb technology replaces all ball bearing with proprietary new space-age polymer material. High performance reel - this bait casting reel casts significantly farther than reel with traditional ball bearings. Corrosion protection - this light fishing reel constructed using ocean armor 2 saltwater protection process to fight corrosion. 6-way centrifugal braking system - the 6-way centrifugal braking system allows to adjust the 6 pins of the braking system from under the beetle wing sideplate.

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Catfish Pro Tournament Series Round Baitcasting Fishing Reel 600 CTS

Catfish Pro Tournament Series Round Baitcasting Fishing Reel 600 CTS

by Catfish Pro
What We like

Thick Anodized Aluminum Side Cover, Infinite Anti Reverse, Multi Disc Durable Carbon Matrix Drag, Powerful 19 Pound Drag

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Product Features

  • Centrifugal Brake System, Synchronized Level Wind System, Line Out Clicker Alarm, Aluminum Handle with Comfortable EVA Knob
  • Catfish Pro Tournament Series Round Baitcasting Reels are built to handle any size catfish that comes their way!
  • 6+1 Stainless Steel Ball Bearings, 5:3:1 Gear Ratio, All Precision Brass Gears

Catfish Pro tournament series round baitcasting reels are built to handle any size catfish that comes their way! Centrifugal brake system, synchronized level wind system, line out clicker alarm, aluminum handle with comfortable eva knob 6+1 stainless steel ball bearings, 5:3:1 gear ratio, all precision brass gears

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KastKing Spartacus II Baitcasting Fishing Reel, 7.2 Gear Ratio, Left Handed, Flash Silver

KastKing Spartacus II Baitcasting Fishing Reel

7.2 Gear Ratio, Left Handed, Flash Silver

by Eposeidon
What We like

TECHNOLOGY - You will love the exceptional design of the powerful 5 button magnetic brakes (it is so efficient this baitcaster only needs one brake system instead of dual brakes) and the technologically advanced KastKing Double Tapered Control Chute Line Guide that reduces line friction for ultimate line control and birds nest reduction. Plus, tournament ready 4-disc carbon fiber drag with 17.6 LBs of trophy fish stopping power, make the Spartacus II baitcast reel a strong contender.

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Product Features

  • SMOOTH - A Spartacus II bait casting reel has: superior shielded 7 + 1 corrosion resistant ball bearings, CNC anodized aluminum spool with power launch and aluminum handle for smooth casting, powerful precision machined hardened aluminum main gears, and KastKing logo embossed hi-grade EVA handle knobs. With an aluminum main gear, the reel is only 6 oz. That is unheard of for a reel under $50!
  • NO MERCY - A KastKing Spartacus II baitcaster fishing reel with its versatile 7.2:1 gear ratio create an exceptional super low profile bait casting weapon in your fishing tackle collection that will save you money and bring you years of fishing pleasure.
  • AFFORDABLE INNOVATION - Go beyond the limits with the new Spartacus II baitcasting reel that is smoother, smaller, lighter, and more powerful than any other brand bait casters in its price range.
  • NEW DESIGN - The totally new design KastKing Spartacus II baitcasting reel is a warrior! Spartacus II bait casting reels have the dynamic features, an extremely sleek lower profile of only 39 mm, about 10% lower than Spartacus I, and a weight of only 6 ounces for your battle in pursuit of your personal best. Match up one of the four-color patterns to your casting rod for a hot looking baitcasting combo.

Affordable innovation - go beyond the limits with the new spartacus ii baitcasting reel that is smoother, smaller, lighter, and more powerful than any other brand bait casters in its price range. New design - the totally new design kastking spartacus ii baitcasting reel is a warrior! spartacus ii bait casting reels have the dynamic features, an extremely sleek lower profile of only 39 mm, about 10% lower than spartacus i, and a weight of only 6 ounces for your battle in pursuit of your personal best. match up one of the four-color patterns to your casting rod for a hot looking baitcasting combo. No mercy - a kastking spartacus ii baitcaster fishing reel with its versatile 7.2:1 gear ratio create an exceptional super low profile bait casting weapon in your fishing tackle collection that will save you money and bring you years of fishing pleasure. Smooth - a spartacus ii bait casting reel has: superior shielded 7 + 1 corrosion resistant ball bearings, cnc anodized aluminum spool with power launch and aluminum handle for smooth casting, powerful precision machined hardened aluminum main gears, and kastking logo embossed hi-grade eva handle knobs. with an aluminum main gear, the reel is only 6 oz. that is unheard of for a reel under $50!

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13 FISHING Origin A 6.6:1 Gear Ratio Right Hand Freshwater Baitcasting Fishing Reel, 6.6:1 Gear Ratio (Right Hand) (OA6.6-RH)

13 FISHING Origin A 6.6:1 Gear Ratio Right Hand Freshwater Baitcasting Fishing Reel

6.6:1 Gear Ratio (Right Hand) (OA6.6-RH)

by 13 Fishing
What We like

LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSITE FRAME - With a composite frame and 13 lbs of drag, the Origin A embodies the strength and durability you require.

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Product Features

  • SOFT TOUCH KNOB - Soft touch knobs ensure your bass thumb will stay comfortable all day.
  • ULTIMATE CONTOL - Proprietary Arrowhead line guide and 6-way centrifugal braking system deliver exceptional distance and control.
  • LOW-PROFILE FISHING REEL - The Origin A is a feature-packed low-profile reel with unmistakable style that is designed for when you dont count on luck or coincidence for success on the water.
  • JAPANESE HAMAI CUT GEARING - Japanese Hamai-cut gearing delivers smoothness with each handle rotation.

Low-profile fishing reel - the origin a is a feature-packed low-profile reel with unmistakable style that is designed for when you dont count on luck or coincidence for success on the water. Soft touch knob - soft touch knobs ensure your bass thumb will stay comfortable all day. Ultimate contol - proprietary arrowhead line guide and 6-way centrifugal braking system deliver exceptional distance and control. Japanese hamai cut gearing - japanese hamai-cut gearing delivers smoothness with each handle rotation.

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Piscifun Salis X 5000 Right Handed Trolling Reel 6.2:1 High Speed Inshore Saltwater Round Baitcasting Fishing Reels Level Wind Conventional Reel

Piscifun Salis X 5000 Right Handed Trolling Reel 6.2:1 High Speed Inshore Saltwater Round Baitcasting Fishing Reels Level Wind Conventional Reel

by Piscifun
What We like

More than Expected - The Salis X saltwater fishing reel is loaded with many un-matched features which cannot be found on other reels in its class which include an incredible strong stainless steel crank handle, super comfortable power knob, extremely durable and stable three bushing supported line winding, and an instant engage bait clicker

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Product Features

  • Incredible Power - Piscifun Salis X saltwater fishing reel is a real power machine! The top class carbon fiber washers deliver up to 37Lbs drag power, which helps fight against the biggest fish with ease. The precise Japanese Hamai Cut Gearing System greatly ensures the consistence to give you best in class performance
  • Braid Ready Spool - The Salis X conventional reel comes with a forged and machined aluminum spool which is braid ready to eliminate mono backing when spooling braided fishing line
  • Built to Hunt Monsters - The Salis X trolling reels are constructed with extremely durable light weight graphite frame and side plates paired with powerful stainless steel handle for big game fish in a variety of saltwater conditions
  • Faster Retrieve - Piscifun Salis X saltwater level wind reel features a 6.2:1 gear ratio which is faster than most trolling reels offered today. With this capability, you are able to control the battles with big fish

Braid ready spool - the salis x conventional reel comes with a forged and machined aluminum spool which is braid ready to eliminate mono backing when spooling braided fishing line Faster retrieve - Piscifun salis x saltwater level wind reel features a 6.2:1 gear ratio which is faster than most trolling reels offered today. with this capability, you are able to control the battles with big fish Built to hunt monsters - the salis x trolling reels are constructed with extremely durable light weight graphite frame and side plates paired with powerful stainless steel handle for big game fish in a variety of saltwater conditions Incredible power - Piscifun salis x saltwater fishing reel is a real power machine! the top class carbon fiber washers deliver up to 37lbs drag power, which helps fight against the biggest fish with ease. the precise japanese hamai cut gearing system greatly ensures the consistence to give you best in class performance

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