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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

July 17, 2017
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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

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  • 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

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$200 (Tackle Direct)

Availability

February 2018

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13 Fishing's new Concept Z Baitcaster
Concept Z Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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

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  • 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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
SEE LOTS MORE NEW TACKLE AND ACCESSORIES AT SPORT FISHING‘S ICAST 2017 PAGE Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
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