- 1 About the KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel
- 2 Video Review of the KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Reel
- 3 Features
- 4 Pros
- 5 Cons
- 6 What’s included
- 7 Thoughts on the KastKing Kodiak
- 8 Where to buy the KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Reel
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
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 offering better drag.
Tough interior construction
The three-plate carbon fiber drag system yields 39.5 pounds of power and the rotor is made with no-flex solid aluminum to hold up to that incredible drag power. The brass gears have been fortified for extra strength while the stainless steel main shaft is now 15% thicker, further backing up the Kodiak’s touted ultra-durable specs.
The Kodiak’s 10+1 stainless steel ball bearings are shielded for protection against saltwater corrosion, while their superior design lends itself for a smoother fishing experience in general. The new line roller also helps in regards to smoothness by reducing twist and line breakage. Meanwhile, the EVA power knob with aluminum handle makes reeling in a monster a cinch, as well as increases comfort.
What to like about the KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Sinning Reel:
- Durable and strong thanks to anodized aluminum body and 15% thicker main shaft
- Fat bail wire and new line roller reduce breakage potential
- Ten ball bearings provide ultra-smooth experience
- The handle is comfortable, adjustable and ambidextrous
- Easy to use
- Saltwater worthy: Between anti-corrosive, sealed components, this reel isn’t as vulnerable to saltwater or sand as other reels
- Kodiak is the flagship reel of KastKing’s line of toughest reels
- Perfect for trophy fishing
What to consider:
- Some might find the 10+1 ball bearings overkill and therefore might be put off. However, it’s important to consider the design of each specific reel. Some makers find more bearings equal greater smoothness, while other makers like the results they get with less. After all, reel designs have changed so much over the years, it all comes down to what’s going on inside that should determine how many ball bearings a reel needs for smooth performance. Bottom line: As long as the reel works smoothly, number of ball bearings isn’t a huge deal. In the case of the ultra-smooth Kodiak, 10+1 ball bearings are certainly not a detriment since it’s one of the smoothest spinning reels on the market.
The KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel comes with a neoprene storage bag to keep your reel safe and dry when not in use.
Thoughts on the KastKing Kodiak
KastKing’s claims about the Kodiak being their flagship heavy-duty reel definitely hold up, which is why I recommend this reel to anyone, novice or pro. While I think angling enthusiasts will get the most out of this beast of a reel, this is also a good reel for the dedicated beginner who plans to take on angling as a serious hobby or for food sourcing.