Best Saltwater Spinning Reels

Choosing the best saltwater spinning fishing reel can be hard job to do, since there are so many factors which influence one's decision. Most important features and specifications are used material, spool capacity, type and number of bearings, size and weight, drag mechanism, price etc. Also, don't forget that good reel must look good!

best spinning reels

In order to withstand harsh conditions of saltwater fishing, good reels are made of corrosion resistant materials like stainless steel, aluminum, graphite fibers, titanium and similar. Nonetheless, it is good practice to rinse the fishing reels with fresh water, at least occasionally, and dry them with a cloth.

Spool capacity depends on the size of the spool and the fishing line being used. Monofilament fishing lines require much more space for the same strength and line length, when compared with braided lines. On the other hand, braided lines are very strong and can damage softer spools, when reeled on the spool directly.

Smoothness of rotation depend on the type, number and quality of bearings used in the fishing reel.

Most common type of bearings are stainless ball-bearings, while roll-bearings are sometimes used in high-end big game and deep sea fishing reels. Good stainless roll bearing is very sturdy and durable piece of mechanical hardware and can last for a long time - just don't hit it with a hammer or something similar.

Ball bearings are sturdy and durable, but not as much, but they do their job very well. Number of bearings range from 2-3 bearings in entry models to 6-7 or even more bearings in more expensive models.

Weight of the reel depends on the size and reel's material. Aluminum reels are strong, durable fishing reels and also lighter than titanium or stainless steel reels, but titanium and stainless steel reels are stronger and more impact resistant.

Most of the reels are made using several types of materials, for example, aluminum for the body, stainless steel or titanium for very stressed parts, graphite fibers for keeping the reel's weight under certain weight limit and similar.

Larger reels have larger spool capacities, but they are also heavier. If you like to fish with the rod and reel in the hands most of the time, go for lighter, somewhat more expensive, reels. If your rods are positioned in the rod holders while waiting for the fish to strike, you can choose larger and heavier, perhaps somewhat cheaper reels.

Here is the list of several saltwater fishing reels, with their specifications.

Since the final choice is highly personal, you may agree with us or not :)


Pflueger President Spinning Reels

pflueger president spinning reel 1Pflueger President Spinning Reels are group of several Pflueger reels, that come in different sizes. They are very durable and affordable units, and one of the most popular, affordable spinning reels on the market.

Pflueger President Spinning Reels operation is based on 10 corrosion resistant stainless ball bearings, except the smallest 6920 model, which uses 7 stainless ball bearings.

Such system provides smooth operation, low maintenance system and durability over time.

Pflueger President Spinning Reel come in several models, main difference being the size and the capacity of the reels.

Following table list current Pflueger President Spinning Reels:

Model 6920X 6925X 6930X 6935X 6940X
Number of Ball Bearings 7 10 10 10 10
Maximum Drag 6 lbs
2.7 kg
6 lbs
2.7 kg 
9 lbs
4 kg
10 lbs
4.5kg
12 lbs
5.4 kg
Gear Ratio 5.2:1 5.2:1   5.2:1 5.2:1  5.2:1 
Weight 5.9 oz
167g
7.2 oz
204g
 8.3 oz
235g
9.9 oz
281g
10.9 oz
309g
Retrive Rate 20.7 inches
53 cm
 22.4 inches
57 cm
 25.2 inches
64 cm
 27.4 inches
70 cm
30.2 inches
77 cm
Braid Capacity (yd/lbs) 180/4
125/6
100/8
200/4
140/6
110/8 
275/6
190/8
160/10 
250/8
220/10
160/14
320/10
280/14
200/20
Mono Capacity (m/mm) 180/0.13
90/0.20
75/0.23
 200/0.13
100/0.20
85/0.23
235/0.20
135/0.23
120/0.25
210/0.23
170/0.25
140/0.28
260/0.25
210/0.28
180/0.33

Obviously, Pflueger President Spinning Reels are excellent choice for most fishing trips - fishing from the boat or pier, beach fishing etc.

Just note that in the case of braided lines, be sure to set the drag relatively low - after the fish is hooked, drag can be increased. This goes for all the reels using braids.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Pflueger President Spinning Fishing Reels Amazon link (link opens in the new window) or our Pflueger President Spinning Reels article.


penn battle II spinning reePenn Battle II Spinning Reel

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel is very popular spinning reel and it comes in several sizes, weights and capacities.

They all have 6 bearings, both right and left reel handle position, front drag system etc.

Specifications are given in the following table:

Model

Mono Line Capacity

(Yards/Pounds)

Braided Line Capacity

(Yards/Pounds)

Max Drag Gear Ratio Weight
1000 275/2 135/4 105/6 160/6 130/8 110/10 9lb/4.0kg 5.2:1  8.1 oz
2000 240/4 180/6 125/8  210/8 180/10 165/15  10lb/4.5kg  6.2:1  9.8 oz
2500 255/6 175/8 140/10  240/10 220/15 160/20  12lb/5.4kg  6.2:1  10.3 oz
3000 200/8 165/10 120/12  250/15 180/20 130/30  15lb/6.8kg  6.2:1  12.3 oz
4000 270/8 220/10 165/12  360/15 260/20 185/30  15lb/6.8kg  6.1:1  12.8 oz
5000 225/12 200/15 135/20  420/20 300/30 240/40   25lb/11.3kg 5.6:1  19.8 oz
6000 335/15 230/20 210/25  490/30 390/40 335/50  25lb/11.3kg  5.6:1  22.1 oz
8000 340/20 310/25 230/30 475/50 390/65 345/80 30lb/13.6kg 5.3:1  30.2 oz

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window) or our Penn Battle II Spinning Reel article.


Shimano Stradic CI4+ Reelshimano stradic ci4 plus

Shimano Stradic CI4+ Reel is one of the best buy, universal, lightweight spinning reels on the market today. Shimano Stradic CI4+ (or sometimes written as Shimano Stradic CI4 Plus) comes with several improvements when compared with previous Shimano Stradic CI4 Reels.

Shimano Stradic CI4+ is very lightweight and very balanced reel with very smooth operation. Each model has 7 bearings - 6 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing.

These reels are approved for saltwater use - just be sure to rinse them with fresh water from time to time and dry them with a cloth.

There are several Shimano Stradic CI4+ models on the market and they differ slightly in technical details.

Specifications are given in the following table:

Model Max Drag Weight Line Retrieve Per Crank Line Capacity - Mono (yard/lb) Bearings Gear Ratio
STCI41000FAML 4 lb (1.8 kg) 5.8 oz (~165g) 29" (74 cm) - 6BB + 1RB 6.0:1
STCI41000FA 7 lb (3.2kg) 6 oz (~170g) 29" (74 cm) 270/2, 140/4, 110/6 6BB + 1RB 6.0:1
STCI42500FA  15 lb (6.8kg) 7 oz (~200g) 34" (86 cm) 200/6, 140/8, 120/10 6BB + 1RB 6.0:1
STCI43000FA 15 lb (6.8kg) 7 oz (~200g) 35" (89 cm) 230/6, 170/8, 140/10 6BB + 1RB 6.0:1
STCI44000FA   20 lb (9.1kg) 9 oz (~255g) 37" (94 cm) 240/8, 200/10, 160/10 6BB + 1RB 5.8:1

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Shimano Stradic CI4+ Reels Amazon link (link opens in the new window) or our Shimano Stradic CI4+ Reel article.


okuma avengerOkuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel

Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel is a very affordable and reliable spinning reel which comes with many features and in various sizes. Due to relatively low price, it is one of the best buy spinning reels around.

Although relatively cheap, it is strong and durable spinning reel with very smooth operation. All models have 7 bearings - 6 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing.

To improve resistance to corrosion, body is made from graphite, with aluminum handle and handle knob and stainless steel bearings and bail wire. Treat this reel good and it will last for long time.

Due to price, it is excellent reel for beginners, but intermediate and even advanced fishermen will find it a very good all-round spinning reel.

Specifications of individual models are given in the following table:

Model Bearings Gear Ratio Weight
(oz/gram)
Mono Capacity
(lbs/yds)
Live Retrieve Per Crank
(inches/cm)
Max Drag
(lbs/kg)
ABF-20a  6BB+1RB  5:1 8.8/250 4/190, 6/110, 8/90  25/63  8/3.6
 ABF-30  6BB+1RB  5:1 11.8/335 6/330, 8/260, 10/180  27/68  12/5.4
 ABF-40 6BB+1RB  4.5:1 16.3/462 8/410, 10/290, 12/260  28/71  14/6.3
 ABF-50 6BB+1RB  4.5:1 17.3/490 10/440, 12/390, 15/280  31/79  17/7.7
 ABF-65 6BB+1RB 4.5:1  27.4/777 12/540, 15/390, 20/320  36/91  22/9.9
 ABF-90 6BB+1RB 4.5:1  27.6/782 20/590, 25/440, 30/330  40/102  22/9.9

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window) or our Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel article.


penn spinfisher v spinning reelPENN Spinfisher V Spinning Reel

PENN Spinfisher V Spinning Reel is full metal body spinning reel with 5 stainless steel ball bearings and 1 roller bearing, aluminum line spool. Also all models feature both right and left reel handle position.

Specifications are given in the following table:

Model

Mono Line Capacity

(Yards/Pounds)

Braided Line Capacity

(Yards/Pounds)

Max Drag Gear Ratio Weight
SSV3500  390/4 250/6 210/8  230/10 215/15 165/20 20lb/9.0kg  6.2:1 14.40 oz
SSV4500 300/8 250/10 185/12  365/15 280/20 200/30  25lb/11.3kg  6.2:1 15.40 oz
SSV4500LL 300/8 250/10 185/12  365/15 280/20 200/30  25lb/11.3kg  6.2:1 16.90 oz
SSV5500 360/10 270/12 240/15 425/20 320/30 250/40  30lb/13.6kg  5.6:1 21.60 oz
SSV6500 330/12 300/15 210/20  430/30 340/40 280/50  30lb/13.6kg 5.6:1 22.30 oz
SSV6500BLS 330/12 300/15 210/20   430/30 340/40 280/50 30lb/13.6kg 5.6:1 23.00 oz
SSV6500LL 330/12 300/15 210/20  430/30 340/40 280/50  30lb/13.6kg  5.6:1  25.10 oz
SSV7500 440/15 300/20 210/30  430/40 360/50 320/65  35lb/15.8kg  4.7:1  28.70 oz
SSV7500LC 480/12 370/15 300/20  500/30 400/40 350/50  20lb/9.0kg  4.7:1  27.20 oz
 SSV8500 440/20 300/30 250/40  650/40 540/50 470/65  35lb/15.8kg  4.7:1 31.60 oz
 SSV8500LL 440/20 300/30 250/40  650/40 540/50 470/65 35lb/15.8kg  4.7:1   34.30 oz
SSV9500 360/30 300/40 220/50 630/50 540/65 490/80 40lb/18.1kg 4.2:1 41.90 oz
SSV10500 415/30 350/40 255/50 750/50 670/65 580/80 40lb/18.1kg 4.2:1 43.50 oz

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check PENN Spinfisher V Spinning Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


kastking sharky IIKastKing Sharky II

KastKing Sharky II is very affordable, popular spinning reel with many great features that will help a fisherman to land a great fish.

Some features include 10 stainless ball bearings and 1 roller bearing, stainless steel shaft, stronger mash brass gears, machined aluminum spool etc.

It comes in several sizes, with data provided in the following table:

Model

Weight

(oz/g)

Max Drag
(lb/kg)
Gear Ratio

Line Capacity

(mm/m)

Mono Line Capacity

(lb/yard)

Sharky II 1500 7.05/200 11/5 5.2:1 0.205/150, 0.235/100, 0.26/70 6/165, 8/110, 10/75
 Sharky II 2000 8.54/242 17.5/8 5.2:1 0.26/140, 0.285/130, 0.31/70  10/155, 12/140, 14/75 
Sharky II 3000 8.71/247 17.5/8  5.2:1  0.285/145, 0.31/130, 0.33/100 12/160, 14/140, 16/80 
 Sharky II 4000  11.18/317 28.5/12kg 5.2:1 0.31/170, 0.33/150, 0.37/115  14/185, 16/165, 20/125 
 Sharky II 5000 11.64/330 28.5/12kg  5.2:1 0.33/190, 0.35/170, 0.37/150  16/210, 18/185, 20/165 
 Sharky II 6000 16.52/468.5 41.5/19 4.9:1 0.405/195, 0.435/165, 0.47/145  22/215, 25/180, 30/160 

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check KastKing Sharky II Waterproof Spinning Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


 Which one is THE BEST? There is no simple answer to that question - after all, individual preferences determine the final reel choice and what is 'the best' spinning reel for me, doesn't mean that it will be 'the best' spinning reel for everybody else :)

If you are unfamiliar with fishing reels and lines, check Types of Fishing Reels and Types of Fishing Lines articles.