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10 New Inshore Spinning Reels for 2018

Compare new inshore spinning reels introduced at this year’s ICAST international tackle trade show

July 25, 2017
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Light spinning reels for inshore or nearshore fishing have devotees on all coasts. This year at ICAST 2017, a range of smaller spinners were introduced, from pricey high-end reels to the more basic and budget-minded. This gallery shows new reels from 11 different manufacturers who displayed at the international tackle trade show in Orlando. Some are available already; others will be available later this year.

13 Fishing Prototype TX 3.0

Key Features

  • Includes what 13 Fishing calls a 4D forged drive gear

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  • A “FREAK drag system”

  • Weight not available; 5.2-to-1 gear ratio; holds 260 yards of 8-pound mono

13 Fishing new Prototype TX spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: Not available
Available: Not available
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III 2000

Key Features

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  • 11 ball bearings

  • 39.5 pounds max drag

  • Weighs 8.5 ounces; 5.1-to-1 gear ratio; holds 185 yards of 8-pound braid

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KastKing new Sharky Baitfeeder III 2000 spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $59.98 MSRP
Available: Later in 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Lew’s Fishing MCR300 Mach Crush Speed Spinning Reel 300

Key Features

  • Smooth, sealed, six-disc drag; 11 ball bearings

  • High strength, lightweight C40 carbon skeletal speed rotor

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  • Weighs 9.1 ounces; 6.2-to-1 gear ratio; holds 145 yards of 10-pound braid

Lew's Fishing new MCR300 Mach Crush Speed Spinning Reel 300 inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $99.99 (Tackle Direct)
Available: September 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Okuma Epixor XT 40

Key Features

  • 8 ball bearings; Cyclonic Rotor Flow

  • TCA: Torsion Control Armor frame design with slow-oscillation system

  • Weighs 10.7 ounces; 5.0-to-1 gear ratio; holds 220 yards of 10-pound mono

Okuma new Epixor XT spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $74.99
Available: September 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Penn Conflict II

Key Features

  • High strength RR30 graphite body and rotor design

  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers

  • CNC machined aluminum gear system

  • Slow Oscillation – Leveline System

Penn new Conflict II spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $149.99 to $199.95
Available: July 2017
Courtesy Penn Reels

Quantum Smoke Inshore SE 30

Key Features

  • Aluminum uni-body construction with asymmetric precision PT high-strength aluminum gears

  • New CSC3 Drag System combines ceramic, carbon fiber and stainless steel including Plasma Arc drag washers for unmatched smoothness

  • Weighs 8.3 ounces; 6.0-to-1 gear ratio; holds 150 yards of 10-pound mono

Quantum new Smoke Inshore spinning reel fishing 2017 2018
Price: $179.95 MSRP
Available: November 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Shimano Exsence 4000

Key Features

  • Magnesium body will not corrode; Hagane process ensures rigidity

  • 11 bearings, 24-pound max drag

  • Weighs 8.6 ounces; 6.2-to-1 gear ratio; holds 130 yards of 8-pound braid or 120 yards of 200-pound braid

Shimano new Exsence spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $549.99 (Tackle Direct)
Available: September 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Tsunami Armr 4000

Key Features

  • Lightweight, solid aluminum body with carbon-infused side plates

  • 7 ball bearings, double-anodized ported aluminum spool

  • Weighs 11 ounces; 5.8-to-1 gear ratio; holds 260 yards of 20-pound braid

Tsunami new Armr spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $79.99
Available: unknown
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Van Staal VR50

Key Features

  • Completely sealed and waterproof, forged/machined from 6061-T aluminum

  • Hardened stainless steel gears, stainless shaft, 25 pounds max drag

  • Weighs 8.9 ounces; 6.8-to-1 gear rato; holds 360 yards of 20-pound braid

Van Staal new, lightweight, inshore VR50 spinning reel fishing 2017 2018
Price: $489 (Tackle Direct)
Available: October 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Wright & McGill Sabalos Pro Carbon Spinning Reel 300

Key Features

  • Carbon fiber body with eight bearings

  • Titanium main shaft, titanium-coated anti-twist line roller

  • Weighs 8.3 ounces; 6.0-to-1 gear ratio; holds 140 yards of 12-pound mono

Wright McGill new Sabalos spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $159.99 (Dick’s Sporting Goods)
Available: Now
Sam Hudson / Sport Fishing magazine
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