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Top 2021 saltwater reels named by leading fishing website


Taking a look at fieldandstream.com’s focus on the best reels for saltwater fishing could be time well spent for anyone in the trade.

The outdoor website evaluated hundreds of models for reliability, strength, weight, functionality and price. And after breaking down the factors to consider before making a purchase, it selected its favourites for a wide spectrum of fishing situations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the big brands dominate, with Shimano, PENN and Daiwa cornering most of the categories. However, the review also says: “There is no single answer for every angler. What works for you may not work for someone else.”

Best saltwater spinning reel under $100: PENN Fierce III (above)
Best value saltwater spinning reel: Daiwa BG
Best saltwater spinning reel: Shimano Saragosa SW
Best premium saltwater spinning reel: Shimano Stella SW
Best surf fishing reel: Van Staal VSX (below)
Best budget surf fishing reel: PENN Spinfisher VI
Best saltwater baitcaster: Daiwa Lexa HD
Best saltwater baitcaster for big fish: Shimano Tranx 500
Best budget saltwater baitcaster: Quantum Accurist Inshore (main picture)
Best All-round saltwater conventional reel: Shimano Tyrnos
Best budget saltwater conventional reel: Penn Squall II
Best classic conventional reel: PENN Senator

The fieldandstream.com review also includes saltwater fly reels, with the Colton Terrapin (best all-rounder), the Orvis Hydros (best mid-priced) and the Redington Behemoth (best budget) being the top picks. The full review, along with the pros and cons of each reel, can be found here

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