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April 09, 2010

Selecting a 12-Pound Reel

Strengthen your inshore arsenal with 12-pound-class spinning reels

Drag Race
Drag systems contain a stack of washers, usually alternating discs of stainless steel and another substance to provide controlled slippage. While many manufacturers choose carbon fiber, others opt for traditional, tried-and-true materials. For example, Fin-Nor puts cork drag washers in Ahab reels, and Okuma uses oiled felt in many models.

During long battles with hard-charging adversaries like bull redfish, low-quality drags can overheat and start binding. Quantum intersperses heat-dissipating ceramic washers with carbon fiber and stainless steel to assure optimal drag performance in Catalyst and Energy spinning reels.

Waterproof drags typically consist of a rubber gasket around the drag knob to protect the washers. "Sealing the system keeps salt crystals and water from entering and causing the drag to become jerky. Smooth drags are extremely important on light tackle, and a gasketed drag is like having another bullet in the gun," Rogers says.

Take a look at the many choices available in this category of spinning reels, and you may find that 12-pound is your lucky number. It dozen hurt to try.

For a list of reel manufacturers with website links, go to www.sportfishingmag.com/12poundspin.

Model Capacity Gear Ratio Weight (ounces) Body Spool Drag Bearings MSRP
                 
Abu Garcia Soron SX40 180 5.1:1 11 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon matrix 7 $100
Bass Pro Shops Offshore Angler Gold Cup GC40B 180 4.9:1 15.5 Aluminum Aluminum Teflon 5 $65
Bass Pro Shops Offshore Angler Inshore Extreme IEX50 200 5.1:1 11 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon matrix 5 $80
Bass Pro Shops Offshore Angler Sea Lion SL50 200 4.9:1 16 Graphite Aluminum Oiled felt 3 $45
Bluefin Edge GC4000 190 5.5:1 14.5 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 5 $152
Cabela's Salt Striker SS40 260 4.5:1 15.3 Graphite Aluminum/ titanium lip Hydro Shield 9 $45
Cabela's Salt Striker Metal SSM40A 200 6.2:1 12.6 Aluminum Aluminum/ titanium lip Carbon fiber 9 $80
Daiwa Coastal Inshore 3000 170 5.3:1 10.8 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 7 $130
Daiwa Exceler 3000 170 4.7:1 10.7 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 6 $70
Daiwa Regal 5iA 3000 170 5.3:1 12 Graphite Aluminum Carbon fiber 5 $37
Daiwa Team Daiwa Advantage-A 3000 170 4.7:1 11.3 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 6 $150
Fin-Nor Ahab 12 200 4.6:1 19.8 Aluminum Aluminum Cork 5 $150
Fin-Nor MegaLite ML5000 225 5.2:1 13.1 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 6 $190
Fin-Nor Sportfisher F550 225 4.9:1 20 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 6 $80
L.L.Bean Signature 4000 120 4.9:1 12 Aluminum Aluminum/ gold lip Lubricated felt/ Teflon 10 $99
Okuma Cedros CJ-40S 170 6.2:1 12.1 Aluminum Aluminum Oiled felt 4 $110
Okuma Epixor EF-40b 170 5.0:1 10.6 Aluminum Aluminum/ titanium lip Oiled felt 9 $65
Okuma Trio 40 170 5.0:1 11 Hybrid Graphite/ aluminum lip Oiled felt 9 $80
Okuma V System V-40a 170 5.0:1 12.4 Aluminum Aluminum Oiled felt 15 $170
Penn Captiva CV25000 200 5.2:1 14.3 Aluminum Aluminum HT-100 carbon fiber 8 $60
Penn Conquer CQR4000 180 5.8:1 11.1 Aluminum Aluminum/ Eternal Alloy lip HT-100 carbon fiber 10 $200
Penn Silverado SV5000 200 5.2:1 15.9 Graphite Aluminum HT-100 carbon fiber 4 $40
Pflueger Arbor 7440 190 4.3:1 11.2 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 7 $80
Pflueger Medalist 7040 170 5.2:1 13.2 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 9 $90
Pflueger President 6740XT 170 5.2:1 12.6 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 9 $80
Quantum Catalyst PTs Inshore C150PTSB 225 5.2:1 13.5 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber/ ceramic 9 $140
Quantum Energy E150PTSB 225 5.2:1 13.2 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber/ ceramic 11 $200
Shakespeare Alpha Bigwater A150 250 4.9:1 14.2 Graphite Graphite Carbon fiber 1 $15
Shakespeare Tidewater T4440 170 5.2:1 12.7 Aluminum Graphite Carbon fiber 4 $30
Shimano Sahara 4000FD 160 5.7:1 13.9 Aluminum Aluminum Titanium fiber 3 $80
Shimano Saros 4000F 160 5.7:1 13.6 Aluminum Aluminum Titanium fiber 5 $130
Shimano Sustain 4000FE 160 5.8:1 11.3 Aluminum Aluminum/ titanium lip Titanium fiber 7 $270
U.S. Reel SuperCaster 230XL 205 6.0:1 9.5 Composite Aluminum Proprietary composite 4 $100
Van Staal VS100 190 4.75:1 11.2 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 8 $679
Van Staal VSB100 190 4.75:1 16 Aluminum Aluminum Carbon fiber 8 $789
XXX-Stream WaveSpin DH5000 200 4.9:1 12.5 Graphite Aluminum Lubricated felt 8 $108