An Honest Review On 5 Of The Best Casting Reels!

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” – John Buchan

This might just be more in line with the attitude and thought wave of the avid fisherman than the occasional fisherman.

To start off the year of fishing possibilities and probabilities, I decided to take a look at 5 of the best casting reels around.

Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme

Abu Garcia’s new Revo MGXtreme puts high-end construction and impeccable performance into an ultralight package that’s unmatched for all-day casting. With its one-piece magnesium alloy frame, it tilts the scales at a feathery 4.5 ounces. When you pick it up, you can’t believe how light it is.

The tiny but powerful package is ideal for casting light lures long distances. With 12 pounds of drag, this won’t be your go-to reel for flipping or pitching, but it will excel at virtually every other freshwater application and won’t tire you out in the process.

Shimano Metanium MGL 150HG

The Metanium’s 11 ball bearings make every function smooth, and the Hagane Body provides a featherlight, yet rigid, feel. The Magnumlite spool delivers a faultless retrieve and improves casting distance so much that, for the first time, a Best of the Test reel also grabbed Best Caster honors.

Okuma Komodo SS 364

Okuma Komodo SS low profile cast reel features stainless steel gearing and drive shafts with amazing levels of drag yield. Take on the largest freshwater fish like pike, musky and salmon, along with the finest inshore species like stripers, jacks, and trophy calico bass, with a level of power and sturdiness that is best in their class.

Daiwa Tatula CT 100H

Designed to meet the sturdiness and performance demands of the pro angler, Tatula offers a strong gear train, fully supported within a rigid aluminum housing. Up front, a unique, hybrid-design level-wind combines the durability of a standard level wind with the casting performance of Daiwa’s T-Wing aperture.

For the more tech-minded I have included the TANACOM 1000


The new 12-Volt powered Tanacom is smaller, lighter and easier to use compared to other electrics. Its smooth, lightweight design, houses a strong and high-performance electric system. It boasts with a massive continuous (70 kg max.) winding power and a retrieval rate of up to 130m per minute.

Upon retrieving the programmable Auto-Stop guarantees that the winding stops at its redesignated length. Packed with all the astounding technological additions from its more costly counterparts, the Tanacom is extremely durable and reliable, with corrosion resistant components and sealed electronics for smooth, long-lasting performance in the harsh marine environment.

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