10 New Inshore Spinning Reels for 2018

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

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

  • 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
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KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III 2000

Key Features

  • 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

KastKing new Sharky Baitfeeder III 2000 spinning reel inshore fishing 2017 2018
Price: $59.98 MSRP
Available: Later in 2017
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Key Features

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

  • High strength, lightweight C40 carbon skeletal speed rotor

  • 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
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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
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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