Saltwater reels are known for their toughness. They have to withstand the corrosive effects of saltwater and outlast the rigors of big game fishing. They also have to provide the soft touch and rapid response that a fisherman needs. The best saltwater reels are made with durable, anti-corrosive materials, effective gearing for strong, fast fish retrieval, and ergonomically comfortable components.
Tica Caiman CA150
One of Tackletour.com's editor's choice reels, Tica's Caiman CA150 has an aluminum body treated with a corrosion-resistant coating to prevent saltwater from corroding the reel. Its sturdy build makes it effective for not only saltwater fishermen, but also freshwater anglers looking to hook bigger game. In addition to its strength and durability, Tackletour.com also praised the Caiman's smooth and powerful retrieval and waterproof side cover.
Penn Torque Spinning
Penn's Torque Spinning saltwater reel features a completely sealed aluminum body, which prevents water, sand and other grit from penetrating the reel and corrupting it from the inside. Seven stainless-steel bearings provide smooth operation, and the oversized Versa-Drag system slows fish down by adding up to 50 pounds of pressure to the reel.
Daiwa Sealine X
Daiwa's Sealine X reel is composed of marine bronze and stainless steel gears, which give ample power when reeling in fish, and its three corrosion-resistant ball bearings provide smooth reeling action. One of the best-selling conventional saltwater reels on BassProshops.com, the Sealine X is known for its strength and durability. A lightweight aluminum Speed Shaft spool is free floating, which allows for long-distance casts, and an oversized Soft Touch grip keeps fisherman's hands on the reel when pulling in game.
With its cold-forged spool and anti-rust treated stainless-steel bearings, Shimano's Torium reel is designed to last. One of Cabela's highest-rated reels, the Torium was hailed for its fast retrieval and smooth action. Shimano's high-efficiency gears provide much of the power that the Torium is known for, and an ergonomic Septum nonslip handle is adjustable for a personalized fit.
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.