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New Fishing Reels — 8 New Baitcasters

Compare the newest low-profile baitcast reels introduced at this year’s ICAST international tackle trade show

Baitcast reels are popular not just with freshwater bass fishermen, but also with many saltwater anglers who fish inshore waters, often in situations similar to those in lakes — around cover such as vegetation and docks — where flipping and skipping work well. These eight new models of low-profile reels geared to saltwater anglers were introduced at the 2017 ICAST international tackle trade show in Orlando. Some are available already; others will be available later this year or early next.



13 Fishing Concept Z Baitcaster

Key Features

  • No ball bearings; the Concept Z uses high-tech CZB polymer bearings

  • Use of non-metals and a protective coating offer high resistance to corrosion

  • Weighs just 6.2 ounces, with a 7.3-to-1 gear ratio

Price

$200 (Tackle Direct)

Availability

February 2018

13 Fishing's new Concept Z Baitcaster

Concept Z

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Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Low Profile Baitcaster

Key Features

  • 6 corrosion-resistant stainless bearings

  • Upgraded power stack Carbon Matrix Drag System and a C6 carbon palm side plate

  • 7.8 ounces, gear ratios vary by model from 5.4-to-1 to 7.3-to-1

Price

$249.94 MSRP

Availability

Now

New Abu Garcia Revo Inshore baitcast reel

Revo Inshore

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Abu Garcia Revo X Low Profile Baitcaster

Key Features

  • 7 corrosion-resistant stainless bearings

  • Lightweight yet rigid alloy frame and a Carbon Matrix hybrid drag system

  • 7.9 ounces, gear ratios vary by model from 5.4-to-1 to 7.3-to-1

Cost

$99.95 MSRP

Availability

Late 2017

New Abu Garcia Revo X baitcast reel

Revo X

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Daiwa Lexa Baitcaster

Key Features

  • 7 bearings

  • Max drag 25 pounds

  • Weighs 15.3 ounces; gear ratio 6.3-to-1

Price

$249.99 MSRP

Availability

August 2017

New Lexa baitcast reel

Lexa baitcaster

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KastKing Spartacus Maximus Baitcaster

Key Features

  • 10 + 1 ball bearings

  • 25 pounds max drag

  • Weighs 9.2 ounces; 6.3-to-1 gear ratio

Price

$99.9 MSRP

Availability

Now

KastKing Spartacus Maximus Baitcaster

Spartacus Maximus Baitcaster

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Lew's Team Lew's Custom Pro Speed Spool SLP Baitcaster

Key Features

  • Lew's lowest-profile design to date

  • One-piece aluminum frame, 11 bearings

  • Weighs in at just 5.8 ounces; 7.5-to-1 gear ratio

Price
$259.95 (Tackle Direct)

Availability

Now

Team Lew's Custom Pro Speed baitcaster

Custom Pro Speed Spool SLP Series Baitcaster

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Shimano Chronarch G Baitcaster

Key Features

  • New MicroModule gearing offers great efficiency and smoother performance

  • 8 +1 ball bearings

  • Weighs 6.5 ounces; gear ratio is 7.1-to-1

Price

$279.99 (Tackle Direct)

Availability

Mid-August 2017

Shimano's new Chronarch G baitcaster

Chronarch G Baitcaster

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Shimano Curado 200 K Baitcaster

Key Features

  • New MicroModule gearing for better engagement between drive and pinion gears

  • Upgraded Shimano SVS Infinity centrifugul brake system

  • Weighs range from 7.6 to 7.8 ounces and gear ratios from 6.2 to a blazing 8.5-to-1, depending upon model

Price

$179.99 (Tackle Direct)

Availabilty

Mid-August 2017

Shimano's new Curado K baitcast reel

Curado 200 K Series

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