Top Bait-Caster Reels

Top Bait-Caster Reels
Bait-casting reels can be found in a variety of styles. The best bait-caster reels use advanced drag systems on a lightweight reel. The reels are also durable and can withstand abuse with minimal maintenance. The best reels will be smooth on the cast and retrieve and allow the angler to control the line. The quality of the reel is often reflected by its price. The best reels use high-quality materials and have intricate designs that make them much more expensive than the average reel.

Daiwa Viento

Daiwa manufactures some of the best bait-casting reels on the market. The reels are used by the successful Team Daiwa tournament fishermen and around the world. The unique Viento model features a free-floating spool and "Twitchin' Bar" that allows the angler to use his fingers to control very short sections of line; this is effective for jigging and slow retrieving along the bottom of a lake or pond. The reel also sports an attractive low-profile design with a one-piece aluminum frame and a seven-disc drag system. It has a 6.3:1 gear ratio and a smooth release for making long casts. The reel is highly rated by and is used by Team Daiwa in competitions.

Daiwa Corporation
12851 Midway Place
Cerritos, CA 90703


Quantum Cabo PT Baitcast

The Quantum Cabo PT Baitcast is one of the top bait-casting reels for saltwater-fishing applications. The reel has a rigid one-piece aluminum frame and ceramic drag system. It's a hybrid reel with a high line capacity on a low profile. The small size of the reel makes it easy to manage without sacrificing the line capacity and ability to reach deep waters. The reel is also coated with corrosion-resistant materials that make it a durable saltwater reel. It also has a small port for lubrication without the usual requirement of taking the reel apart. The size of the reel makes it much easier to cast than the average saltwater bait caster, but it doesn't restrict you from targeting large game fish.

6105 East Apache
Tulsa, OK 74115

Shimano Chronarch

The Shimano Chronarch is a versatile reel that's rated as being one of the most durable and consistent bait casters available. The reel a lightweight aluminum spool with an aluminum frame and side plate. It has a click drag-adjustment knob and an aluminum casting-control knob. The reel isn't a low profile model, but it's not oversized and is comfortable to cast and hold. It comes in a variety of builds. Many anglers prefer the MG build because of its reduced weight: This version has a 6.3:1 gear ratio and weighs less than 7 oz. The durable build of the reel, combined with the performance drag and control, makes it a top choice for anglers who need a single reel for freshwater and saltwater fishing situations.

Shimano American Corp.
1 Holland
Irvine, CA 92618



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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