7 New Heavy-Duty Spinning Reels for 2018

Compare new heavy-duty spinning reels introduced at this year’s ICAST international tackle trade show for 2017-2018.

These seven new, heavy-duty, big-fish spinning reels, introduced at this year's ICAST show, run the price gamut from less than $100 to $800. Many would be good choices for a growing fraternity of enthusiasts of jigging and popping, though such spinners are also favored in many bait fisheries. One of the ultimate tests for any heavy-duty spinner would be taking on bluefin tuna for anglers throwing big poppers off California, the Carolinas and the Northeast. Some of these spinners are available now; others will be available later this year.

Cinnetic Cinergy Devil 5500

Key Features

  • Sealed aluminum body and side plates, 8 + 1 stainless ball bearings

  • 6 high-resistance drag washers; manufacturer says air-cooled drag system offers 45 pounds of max drag

  • Weighs 20.5 ounces; 5.7-to-1 gear ratio; holds 275 yards of 12-pound mono

New Cinnetic Cinergy Devil 5500 heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $264.99 (MSRP
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Daiwa Saltiga BJ 3500H

Key Details

  • 13 ball bearings, one-piece frame design

  • Max drag 22 pounds

  • Weighs 15.2 ounces; 5.7-to-1 gear ratio; holds 300 yards of 12-pound mono

Daiwa Saltiga heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $799.00 (Tackle Direct)
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Okuma Ceymar 65

Key Features

  • 8 bearings, corrosion-resistant graphite body

  • CFR Cyclonic Rotor Flow significantly increases air flow through ported spool rotor

  • Weighs 20.7 ounces; 4.8-to-1 gear ratio; holds 310 yards of 15-pound mono or 375 yards of 30-pound braid

Okuma new Ceymar heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $74.99 MSRP
Available: Now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Okuma Makaira 10000

Key Details

  • 10 bearings, Hydro-Sealed aluminum body

  • Carbonite high-output drag with pre-set system (as with a lever-drag reel)

  • Weighs 28.2 ounces; 4.8-to-1 gear ratio; holds 340 yards of 15-pound mono or 290 yards of 65-pound braid

Okuma new Makaira 10000 heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $699.99 (Tackle Direct)
Available: December 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Penn Conflict 5000

Key Features:

  • Penn's lightest spinner ever with a Rigid Resin RR30 body and rotor

  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag, Superline Spool

  • Weighs 14.4 ounces; 5.6-to-1 gear ratio; holds 200 yards of 15-pound mono or 300 yards of 30-pound braid

Penn new Conflict II heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $199.95 MSRP
Available: October 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Penn Slammer III 8500HS

Key Features

  • New IPX6 Sealed System keeps water out of the gear box; Dura-Drag system

  • Aluminum body, CNC all-brass gear technology

  • Weighs 30.8 ounces; 4.7-to-1 gear ratio; holds 310 yards of 30-pound mono or 600 yards of 50-pound mono

Penn new Slammer III heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $319.95 MSRP
Available: October 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Shimano Sustain C5000XG

Key Features

  • Aluminum Hagane body construction with a cold-forged aluminum drive gear

  • Magnumlite low-inertia rotor, Cross-Carbon drag

  • Weighs 10.1 ounces; 6.2-to-1 gear ratio; holds 195 yards of 12-pound mono or 200 yards of 30-pound braid

Shimano new Sustain heavy duty spinning saltwater fishing reel 2017 2018
Price: $309.99 MSRP
Available: August 2017
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing