The Best Saltwater Bait Casting Reels

The Best Saltwater Bait Casting Reels
The best saltwater bait casting reels are durable, smooth, have a high-resistance drag and are constructed of materials that are resistant to the damaging properties of saltwater. Reels should also have the ability to handle large, powerful game fish without wearing out or failing.

Abu Garcia

This company has a large selection of bait casting reels built specifically for saltwater fishing. The Ambassadeur C3 model is a high-performance reel with excellent reviews from It has a durable design with a carbon matrix drag for powerful fish. It uses three bearings for a smooth action, has strong brass gears and comes in several sizes for different fishing conditions.



Daiwa has a great line of reels, with the Team Daiwa Zillion Coastal bait casting reel ranking high in the saltwater category. The reel has a stylish blue design and an incredible 7.3:1 gear ratio for fast retrieving. It has an anti-corrosion treated exterior to prevent rust and an eight-disc drag for handling big fish. The aluminum frame is lightweight without sacrificing durability, and the reel comes in several sizes for different fishing situations.


Penn is a leader in the manufacture of saltwater reels. The Graphite GS series is a high-performance reel built to handle big fish and saltwater. The reel has a one-piece graphite frame and a 6.0:1 gear ratio for fast retrieving. The four ball bearings are shielded to prevent corrosion, and the drag is smooth and easily adjusted. The graphite frame means this is a lightweight reel that can be used when chasing line records. The reel comes in several sizes to fit the fishing situation.


Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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