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Drew

Avid fisherman from Baltimore, MD. Prefers spinning reels and a minimal gear setup.

Guides, Tackle,

KastKing Fishing Line Buyers Guide

About KastKing Fishing Line KastKing is a worldwide leading brand in all things fishing. Primarily known for their ultradurable reels, they also offer a variety of other fishing gear and accessories, premium fishing line being among them. They have a variety of line offerings from monofilament to fluorocarbon to braided and more. With all of these options, you’re sure to find the best KastKing fishing line for your fishing needs. The benefits of buying KastKing fishing line The number one benefit you get out of buying KastKing fishing line is KastKing’s high-quality standards. They strive to create a great fishing experience for their customers, all while meeting the varied and demanding needs of veteran anglers as well. Moreover, they put thought into the way they design their products. Purpose is always kept in mind with the design choices that ultimately lead to the impressive quality KastKing puts out onto the market. And that purpose-oriented design extends to their fishing lines which are very well regarded among anglers, especially those who are into sea fishing. And on that note of

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

KastKing Mela II Spinning Reel Review

About the KastKing Mela II Spinning Reel While the KastKing Mela II Spinning Reel might seem strangely named at first, the clue to its interesting name can be found in its design; “mel” is Latin for “honey”. The name alone clues us in that one of the biggest features to take note of with this spinning reel is its uniquely honeycombed spool, however, if you delve deeper, there’s a lot more going on with the KastKing Mela II than initially meets the eye. Top Features of the KastKing Mela II Honeycomb spool There are a few components that make the KastKing Mela II one of the smoothest spinning reels on the market today. Most notably, the alloy drive gear, which makes for a fluid, effortless casting experience. The brass pinion gear is reinforced with two ball bearings, which make for better in-line cranking, while the main shaft is stainless steel, furthering the Kast King Mela II’s smooth operational capabilities. While many will argue about the best number of ball bearings, it really depends on the spinning reel itself

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

KastKing Summer Spinning Reel

About the KastKing Summer Spinning Reel The KastKing Summer spinning reel is an angler’s dream. Between its smooth casting, durable construction and signature aesthetics, the Summer is a reel worth notice. Video Review of the KastKing Summer https://youtu.be/Mn93-u7_M5w Features Computer Numerical Control machined aluminum spool The aluminum spool is CNC machined which allows for a more precise line lay, which facilitates more fishing line capacity. Also, the spool is internally lined with grooves that retain lube, maximizing performance over time. 9+1 MaxiDur shielded ball bearings The KastKing Summer spinning reel has nine ball bearings that are resistant to corrosion, enabling them to stand up to exposure to seawater. As with any spinning reel, you will eventually need to maintain its internal mechanisms, but the superior ball bearings in the Summer take the sting out of that annoyance quite a bit. Ease of use The superior ball bearings, coupled with the instant stop one-way anti-reverse bearing, not only offer superior smoothness, but that smooth experience allows for even the most novice of novices to feel like pros when reeling in their

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

Daiwa Crossfire Front Drag Spinning Fishing Reel Review

About the Daiwa Crossfire The Daiwa Crossfire Front Drag Spinning Fishing Reel is a no-muss, no-fuss easy to use spinning reel that’s perfect for the casual sportsman and the angling enthusiast alike. Features of the Daiwa Crossfire Twist Buster One of the coolest features about the Daiwa Crossfire spinning reel is the Twist Buster system which prevents lines from twisting, which, as any angler knows, can be insanely annoying. Simply put, it just makes for a better fishing experience with less hassle, which means you can just sit back and fish without the stress. Good spool The spool is made from ABS and aluminum to make for a spool that is lightweight yet durable. Smooth The gyro spin balanced rotor ensures that the internals remained aligned no matter what conditions you’re fishing under. Furthermore, there ball bearings keep things running smoothly. Unlike other models that can have a load of ball bearings, cutting it down to three allows for a balance of smoothness with easy maintenance. Micro-click front drag adjustment It’s important to properly adjust drag and how you

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel Review

About the KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel The KastKing Kodiak has dubbed as the “flagship of the heavy-duty reel series”, and with good reason. The Kodiak spinning reel offers a stronger body and superior internal mechanisms, enabling expert anglers to go after that trophy fish they’ve been dying to get their hands on. Video Review of the KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Reel https://youtu.be/SqCIVbEUqEQ Features Ideal for saltwater fishing The new aluminum spool and rotor have gotten a reboot; thanks to the makeover, saltwater and sand can’t get into the spool or the rotor, which not only means your reel is seaworthy, it will simply live a longer life, period. Durable exterior construction The body is made out of 100% anodized aluminum alloy, which makes for a super-hard, durable piece of equipment that can handle reeling in big fish on rough seas. The Computer Numerical Control aluminum spool is computer-balanced which reduces wear and tear on the internal components, while also optimizing spool strength. Another innovation in durability with the Kodiak is the especially thick bail wire which prevents line breaking while

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Review

Review of the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Penn has been around since 1932 and it isn’t a wonder why; as a company, they continue to improve their products time after time, and the Battle II reflects that spirit as a modern interpretation of classic spinning reels. Penn Battle II Spinning Reel, 4000 List Price:$109.95 Price:$88.65 You Save:$21.30 Price Disclaimer Features Durable The carbon fiber drag washers are a force to be reckoned with; meanwhile the super-tough rotor is backed by a full metal body side plate keeps gears in line, allowing for ultimate precision in alignment as well as improving overall durability after heavy usage. The entire body is made from aluminum providing a strong, corrosion-resistant casing to house the finely-tuned interior components. Smooth The five stainless steel ball bearings are sealed to protect them from corrosive outside elements, which improves the overall smoothness of the Penn Battle II experience. Not only are the carbon fiber drag washers tough, they allow you to reel in fish not only with confidence but with ease. Ease of use The anti-reverse bearing

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

KastKing Sharky II Carbon Fiber Spinning Reel Review

About the KastKing Sharky II The KastKing Sharky II represents a new wave in spinning reel technology, delivering ultimate performance for fishing enthusiasts everywhere. KastKing Sharky II Spinning Reel – Carbon Fiber 41.5 LBs Max Drag Brass Gears, Stainless Steel Components, Great Value! List Price:$52.98 Price:$36.98 You Save:$16.00 Price Disclaimer Features High drag rating The Sharky II owes its 41.5 pounds of max drag rating to its deluxe three-plated carbon fiber drag washers, which are supported by a sturdy brass drive gear to deliver a top-notch max drag rating that will meet the needs of most fisherman. Durable construction The aluminum spool on the Sharky II is CNC machined, which provides greater strength and durability, while at the same time reducing overall weight. Meanwhile, the brass gears have been improved, as has the alloy drive gear, both of which lend to the Sharky II’s improved durability and performance over previous models. 10+1 MaxiDur stainless steel ball bearings There is sometimes confusion about what “10+1” means in terms of ball bearings. Essentially, in this case, “10” refers to the number of

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

KastKing Orcas II All Metal Spinning Reel Review

About the KastKing Orcas II KastKing’s Orcas II All Metal Spinning Reel is a powerful reel designed with targeting trophy fish in mind. With exceptional drag power and smooth operation, Orcas II is primed to give anglers an overall better experience by keeping their needs in mind. KastKing® OrcasTM All Metal Spinning Reel – Smooth, Powerful Yet Light Weight – Carbon Fiber Drag System with All Aluminum Reel – [2016 Newly Release Sale] – ICAST Award Winning Brand (Orcas II 2000) List Price:$119.98 Price:$55.98 You Save:$64.00 Price Disclaimer Features Premium metal construction The body and rotor are made of a flex-free aluminum alloy that allows the body to be tough, yet compact and lightweight. The main shaft and ball bearings are made of stainless steel, with brass gears and an aluminum handle, all of which holds true to the Orcas II’s claim of being an all-metal fishing reel. Superior internal construction KastKing has improved the Orcas II’s line lay allowing for further casts with higher accuracy. The reason they were able to achieve this is due to the CNC machined

Guides, Spinning Reels,

Top 7 Best Spinning Reels for Under $100 – Updated for 2018

Whether you’re a serious or casual angler, a good spinning reel is an essential tool for your arsenal. Spinning reels have far surpassed baitcasters as the reel of choice among anglers – and for a good reason. Their ease of use, flexibility and lack of a learning curve make them reign supreme in performance for both light-line applications and finesse techniques. If you’re already well-versed on the benefits of spinning reels and how to choose the right one for you, then head straight to our reviews for some of the best spinning reels out there. If you’re a beginner angler, however, take a look at our buyer’s guide for some tips that will give you all you need to know. Benefits of Buying a Spinning Reel So, what makes spinning reels so beneficial? As mentioned above, spinning reels are incredibly easy to use. Their versatility means they can be used to cast many different types of tackle, especially lightweight lures. Let’s quickly highlight all the advantages they provide. Ease of Use: Spinning reels are very easy to use. There is

Reviews, Spinning Reels,

Pflueger President Spinning Reel – The Ultimate Review

We wanted to compile as much data on the Pflueger President as we could in this review, so saddle in, it’s going to be a long one including videos and why we think this Pflueger is out to stand the test of time as the best spinning reel that can be found for about $60 bucks. A Common Question What’s the best spinning reel in the $50 to $100 range? is probably the most common question I get from anglers that want to invest in quality spining reel gear, but not break the bank. And that’s a good price point honestly. Getting over $50 already puts you in a league of much higher quality materials being used and better brand names. I personally suggest maxamizing your budget on reel. You can always upgrade line, lures, and other accessories later. But rod and reel are important. Even beyond that I’d say reel is more important until you become more experienced or move into higher quality gear. Most anglers in this price range are still beginners and this is likely to be