10 New Conventional Fishing Reels

Compare these new conventional reels, designed for trolling, live-baiting and jigging, introduced at this year’s ICAST 2017 international tackle trade show

These 10 new models of conventional reels range from beefy, heavy-duty offshore trolling machines to lightweight little powerhouses for fishing live bait and dropping jigs, where they'll be used from nearshore reefs to the blue waters offshore. All were on display at the 2017 ICAST international tackle trade show in Orlando. Some are available already; others will be available later this year or early in 2018.

Key Features

  • Designed/built specifically for braid, features 32 pounds max drag

  • USA-built, with a sleeved spool for outstanding castability

  • Weighs 19 ounces; gear ratio 6-to-1; holds 500 yards of 65-pound braid

Accurate Boss conventional saltwater fishing reel new 2017 2018
Price: $499.95 (Melton)
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

This variation of the 600 described above is a very narrow-spool version. It retrieves a whopping 53 inches of line per turn of the handle, also offering 32 pounds of max drag. The NN holds 300 yards of 65-pound braid.

Accurate narrow-spool Valiant 600 levelwind fishing reel saltwater new 2017 2018
Valiant BV 600NNDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Alutecnos Gorilla 30W 2S

Key Features

  • Silver anodized two-speed trolling reel with 5 stainless ball bearings

  • Multi-drag disc system can produce more than 50 pounds of drag (with full free spool)

  • Weighs 62 ounces; gear ratios of 3.3-to-1 and 1.7-to-1; holds 950 yards of 90-pound braid and more than 1,000 yards of 30-pound mono

Alutecnos Gorilla conventional trolling reel saltwater fishing new 2017 2018
Price: $779 MSRP
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Key Features

  • Precision-machined 6061 T-6 marine-grade aluminum and stainless steel components

  • One-piece frame, 14 pounds max drag

  • Weighs 14 ounces; gear ratio 5.3-to-1; holds 350 yards of 50-pound braid

Avet SX saltwater conventional fishing reel new 2017 2018
Price: $239.99 MSRP
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Fin-Nor Primal Lever Drag

Key Features

  • Super-light, super-strong conventionals with sealed Megadrag delivering up to 30 pounds max drag

  • Heavy-duty stainless-steel gear

  • 10 size weighs 13.7 ounces; 5.8-to-1 or 7.3-to-1 gear ratios; holds 320 yards of 14-pound mono

Fin-Nor Primal conventional reel saltwater fishing new 2017 2018
Price: $199.99 (Tackle Direct)
Available: Mid-August 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Italcanna Gladiator OZ103

Key Features

  • Corrosion-resistant alloy with 6 stainless-steel high-speed bearings

  • Cam-operated carbon drag designed to prevent spool jamming

  • Weighs 56.4 ounces; 3.1-to-1 gear ratio; holds 710 yards of 30-pound mono

Italcanna Gladiator trolling reel saltwater fishing new 2017 2018
Price: $507 (based on 435 Euros, pecheur.com)
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Key Features

  • 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame with forged side plates

  • Blue color is new, limited number available

  • Weighs 26.8 ounces; 2.1-to-1 and 4.7-to-1 gear ratios; holds 410 yards of 25-pound mono

Okuma new blue color for Makaira levelwind fishing reel saltwater new 2017 2018
Price: $499.99 MSRP
Available: Now (limited)
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Key Features

  • 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, sideplate and spool

  • 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing and multi-disc Carbonite drag system

  • Weighs 19 ounces; 6.1-to-1 gear ratio; holds 245 or 295 yards of 30 pound mono, depending upon model

Okuma new Tesoro star-drag reel saltwater new 2017 2018
Price: $319.99 MSRP
Available: November 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Key Features

  • Machined and anodized aluminum body and sideplates, lighter for 2018

  • Versa-Strike adjustable strike stop

  • Weighs 31 ounces; 6.75-to-1 gear ratio; holds 1,030 yards of 12-pound mono or 840 yards of 50-pound braid

Penn International 12 trolling reel 2018 redesign saltwater fishing
Price: $499.94 (Tackle Direct)
Available: October 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Key Features

  • Lightweight, rigid, compact body

  • Cross Carbon drag and extra layer of surface treatment after anodizing

  • Weighs 15 ounces; 6.3-to-1 gear ratio; holds 270 yards of 16-pound mono and 370 yards of 50-pound braid

Shimano Torium 14HG star-drag conventional fishing reel saltwater new 2017 2018
Price: $219.99 (Tackle Direct)
Available: September 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Key Features

  • Lightweight, power-forged aluminum frame, precision-machined for braided line

  • Stainless-steel drive and pinion gears with 30 pounds max drag

  • Weighs 18.8 ounces; 5.21-to-1 gear ratio; hold 580 yards of 40-pound braid

Tsunami Forged 12 lever-drag fishing reel saltwater new 2017 2018
Price: $269.99 (Tackle Direct)
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing