Saltwater reels are a tough breed of fishing equipment. Good saltwater reels are made to withstand the corrosive effects of salt water and to reel in fish with strength and speed. Regardless of the kind of saltwater fishing you do, the best saltwater reels have quality gearing durable enough to consistently land big fish.
Shimano's Torium is one of Cabelas.com's highest-rated saltwater reels. Most reviews hail its durability and smooth, fast retrieval action. The Torium features a cold-forged spool and corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings. Shimano's high-efficiency gearing (HEG), meanwhile, promotes a powerful retrieval. The Torium handle is also adjustable to ensure a proper fit.
Penn Torque Spinning
A sealed aluminum body makes the Penn Torque Spinning saltwater reel waterproof and keeps sand and grit from entering the interior. The one-piece frame, marine grade bronze main gear and stainless steel shaft provide ample strength, and the high-capacity spool is made to withstand the stress of using a braided line. The Torque's Versa-Drag feature also enables fishermen to slow down a fish by adding up to 50 lbs. of pressure on the line.
Tica Caiman CA150
In an Editor's Choice review on TackleTour.com, testers said Tica's Caiman CA150 conventional saltwater reel was ideal for situations where "accuracy and power need to be matched up perfectly." The Caiman's power comes from its one-piece aluminum frame and anti-reverse system; its accurate casting comes from its smooth rotation and centrifugal braking system. The Caiman was also lauded for its versatility, with Tackletour.com noting that in addition to being ideal for saltwater fishing, it "also gives freshwater anglers an extra edge when fighting big fish."
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.