Baitcasting Reels date back to the mid-1600s, but became more popular in the 1870s. They are mounted above the rod, therefore also know as an overhead reel, and have a bearing supported revolving spool. Most modern day Baitcasting reels are constructed of aluminum, stainless steel, or synthetic composite materials, which are not only lightweight, but extremely durable. Baitcasting reels are known for their cranking power and have become a favorite among tournament anglers in both the freshwater and saltwater fishing industry due to their extreme versatility in being able to cast and retrieve various lure types. To view products by manufacturers visit: Daiwa Baitcasting Reels, Shimano Baitcasting Reels, and Penn Bait Casting Reels.
Team Daiwa’s Viento Baitcasting Reel is a tournament grade baitcaster at a more than reasonable price. It comes equipped with all the performance and reliability that you have learned to expect from Daiwa. The frame and sideplate are made of solid aluminum to withstand all the harsh punishments that saltwater fishing hands out. The spool is free floating and made of lightweight, perforated aluminum. Team Daiwa Viento also comes with Daiwa’s unique Twitchin’ Bar. With a touch of the thumb you are able to pick up seven inches of line immediately, or create a simple “twitching” action with a jig causing even inactive fish to strike. This fishing reel has a dual ended handle with comfortable soft touch grips. On the top of these Daiwa Baticasting reels is a Titanium Nitrided line guide which is ultra smooth and cut proof. The Team Daiwa Viento features six stainless steel ball bearings plus roller bearings. There are precision machined high-strength alloy gears to allow you to bring those huge game fish in with ease.
Daiwa is committed to total quality and it really shows with the Team Daiwa Sol Baitcasting Reels. The outside design of this fishing reel is sleek and low profile and gives you the feel of having complete control in the palm of your hand. The frame and sideplate of these Daiwa Baitcasting Reels are constructed of solid aluminum which provides a solid base for all of the components of this reel. The spool is made of perforated aluminum that is extremely lightweight, which in turns guarantees for a super quick startup. There is an infinite Anti-Reverse which prevents any backplay of the spool and handle during hooksets, as well as Magforce-V automatic anti-backlash control for superb casting. The drag of this Baitcasting reel is composed of seven discs and Daiwa’s Fiber Composite washers for extremely smooth line control. To make sure your reel holds up under those extremely heavy loads, Daiwa has included a bronze drive gear and an ultra-tough super alloy pinion gear. With the design of this reel, it shows that Daiwa is committed to advancing the sport of fishing.
When Daiwa designed the Team Daiwa Advantage–HSTA Baitcasting Reel they really thought about what an avid angler would want. It was quite simple if you think about it; durability, low-profile, powerful, and the ability to cast effortlessly, and that is exactly what the Team Daiwa Advantage-HSTA Baitcasting fishing reel is. With its super tough and durable one piece aluminum frame and sideplate, a lightweight, drilled, free floating aluminum spool, and an incredible gear ratio this reel will perform for you at all times. It also features Daiwa’s Magforce-Z automatic magnetic anti-backlash and Infinite Anti-Reverse which both will allow your reel to function without a hitch. There is a swept handle on these Daiwa Baitcsting Reel with dual soft touch hand grips. This handle will produce much less wobble, and gives you maximum winding power and a better feel. In the “guts” of this reel you will find 10 premium, high performance stainless steel ball bearings with one roller bearing; as well as a rugged six point drive train. Both of these features allow your retrieve to be smooth as silk. You are able to adjust the drag with such ease on this reel due to the fact that it has a super drag, which has a seven disc wet drag system that is composed of Daiwa’s fiber composite and stainless steel washers. When you go out on the water with this reel you can be 100% confident that you have a great reel to work with.
The Shimano Calcutta Baitcasting Reel represents Shimano quality and simplicity. It is constructed of a one piece Cold Forged Aluminum Frame with aluminum sideplates and spool. The one piece frame makes for a strong and durable reel. The fishing reel has the ergonomic Septon Grips that provides you all the comfort you need for all day cranking.
There is a great amount of cast control provided by the Variable Brake System and the Super Stopper prevents backplay and wind knots. The Shimano Dartainium Drag system provides a number of settings for a smooth drag performance. The Calcutta includes the A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) that are 10 times stronger for corrosion resistance than traditional stainless steel, making for a reel that you can depend on.
The Team Daiwa Tierra Baitcasting Reel is designed by Daiwa to provide incredible performance, durability, precision, and reliability that is desired by the serious bass and inshore angler. This fishing reel is constructed of a heavy-duty, rigid, low profile one-piece aluminum frame which acts as an extremely solid backbone for this system. There is a machined aluminum cast control cap and Magforce-Z automatic anti-backlash system which assists you in getting the most out of this reel. The spool of these Daiwa Baitcasting Reels is lightweight and free-floating and is supported by 6 stainless steel ball bearings and one roller bearing which guarantees maximum casting performance. There is an aluminum star drag with micro click and Daiwa’s ultra smooth 7 disc drag that has fiber composite and stainless steel washers that allows you to have the ultimate in fish control. Daiwa has combined all their best options to give you a reel that has incredible castability, quality craftsmanship and superior smoothness.
The Team Daiwa Zillion 7.3 Hyper-Speed Baitcasting reel was specially made by Daiwa to mark the 50 Year Anniversary of Daiwa products. The rigid aluminum frame and handle side sideplate is not only built to be extremely tough, but is designed to keep the drive train in alignment so that your reel will function properly at all times. The spool on these Daiwa Baitcasting reels is Daiwa’s free-floating, perforated aluminum, which gives you a super quick start up and spins much more freely. There is also a special “50th Anniversary” marking which is laser engraved on the spool. Daiwa has put a swept handle on this Baitcasting fishing reel to prevent wobble, be extremely comfortable, and give you maximum winding power. There are dual soft touch hand grips on the handle for added comfort, as well as a limited edition serial number on the thumb bar. This reel also boasts an impressive eleven corrosion-resistant ball bearings, plus a roller bearing to give this reel amazing performance. Not only does this reel have the world’s fastest gear ratio of 7.3:1; it has an amazing line retrieve of 32 inches. These reels are high quality, well built speed demons.
Daiwa Megaforce with Twitchin’ Bar Baitcasting Reel is an affordable reel with a number of advanced fishing features that will blow your mind. The frame and sideplate of the Daiwa Megaforce are constructed of incredibly strong and durable graphite composite which keeps the rugged six point drive train inline even under the heaviest of loads. There is a lightweight, free floating drilled aluminum spool that rides on five stainless steel ball bearings and one roller bearing which allows these Daiwa Baitcasting Reels super smooth reeling power. The Daiwa Twitchin’ Bar gives you the power to bring in up to seven inches of slack with just a touch of the thumb. The Twitchin’ Bar also gives you the power to give your jig or plastic worm a subtle twitching action which can make even inactive fish strike. When you need a super fast retrieve then the Daiwa Megaforce with Twitchin’ Bar is the one for you with an amazingly fast 7.1:1 retrieve.
The Team Daiwa Zillion Baitcasting Reel is a low profile, lightweight, speed demon, and power house fishing reel all in one. Daiwa has managed to squeeze an amazing retrieve of 31.6 inches in this compact design. In order to support the drive train, the frame and handle side plate of this reel are made of rigid aluminum that stands up to the toughest fish. The aluminum guard plate on top of these Daiwa Baitcasting Reels helps in protecting the finish. This reel features Daiwa’s Magforce-Z, which is an automatic anti-backlash system that will help prevent line tangle. There is a swept handle on this reel which causes less wobble, maximum winding leverage, and a better feel. The drag system is constructed of Daiwa’s eight-disc wet drag with click adjustment for precision tightening and loosening. The spool is supported by 6 ball bearings: 4 CRBB (Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings) and 2 stainless steel ball bearings plus one roller bearing.
The Shimano Calcutta TE Baitcasting Reels are some of Shimano’s best. Designed for durability and performance and packed with technological advancements, the Calcutta TE is a quality reel made to last. The Calcutta TE features a machined aluminum frame, A-RB Anti-Rust Bearings, a variable brake system, high efficiency gearing, a Dartainium drag system and a titanium levelwind insert. Performance is enhanced by the tight tolerances and minimization of play. These fishing reels are lightweight, durable and smooth. The Calcutta TE is the reel you will want to fish with for years to come.
Team Daiwa Luna Baitcasting Reels are able to be used in both fresh water and saltwater. With a frame and side plates machined out of solid bar stock aluminum and a machined aircraft aluminum spool, this fishing reel is meant to handle the top-of-the-food-chain fish that require a much heavier line. The spools of these Daiwa Baitcasting Reels is also Daiwa’s own free floating spool which gives you maximum casting ability. The Titanium Nitrided Stainless Steel line guide is cut proof, so gone are the days of you worrying about your line getting cut during a cast or retrieve. This reel features the Magforce-Z automatic magnetic anti-backlash control and infinite anti-reverse. There is a rugged six point drive train and five CRBB (corrosion resistant ball bearings) and one roller bearing which combined, not only makes a durable reel, but gives you extremely smooth performance.
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The newly enhanced Shimano Curado E line of Baitcasting Reels is smaller, lighter, smoother and stronger. Smaller than the originals they still hold the same amount of line and are jam packed with features. Shimano has increased the fish fighting strength through the High Efficiency Gearing. The 1 piece Aluminum Frame and Sideplate working with advanced componentry eliminate flex in the drivetrain. The newly designed Variable Brake System uses centrifugal force to aid in controlling the cast as opposed to traditionally used magnets. The resulting cast has more consistent spool speed, greater casting distance and less backlash. With additional features: Dartainium Drag, Super Stopper II, Disengaging Levelwind System and Quickfire Ii Clutch Bar, the Shimano Curado E is the Baitcasting Reel to own.
The Shimano Citica Baitcasting Reel is lightweight and compact. It is an ideal general duty reel, constructed of an Aluminum Frame with Lightweight Graphite Sideplates. The design of this fishing reel is very ergonomic featuring a Recessed Reel Foot and Rubber Paddle Grips which allow for a greater variety of casting styles. The Citica features 4 Shielded Stainless Steel Bearings for smooth retrieves in all conditions. The Super Stopper II with Assist Stopper feature is a Shimano exclusive, the one way roller bearing eliminates all back play for superior hook setting power. The Variable Brake system is one of a kind; it uses centrifugal force instead of magnets to control the cast, giving the angler greater speed and fewer backlashes on each cast. This Citica is packed with all the features you expect from a Shimano Reel.
The Penn International Baitcasting Reels are made to be super light, but still extremely heavy duty. The body is constructed of all metal to ensure these fishing reels are of the high quality which anglers have learned to expect from Penn. The frame is one piece super heavy duty, but lightweight, aluminum which can handle even extremely heavy duty loads. The spool of this series is made out of solid bar-stock aluminum. The frame, side plates, and spool are all coated in with a gold anodized finish to help prevent corrosion which can be caused by saltwater fishing. The Penn International Reels have auto engaging gears, two stainless steel aircraft-grade, shielded ball bearing (five in the lever drag models), and infinite anti-reverse roller bearing all of which combined make this one of the smoothest and most reliable reels out on the market.
Daiwa Coastal Inshore Baitcasting Fishing Reels are set up for total corrosion protection. Constructed of an aluminum alloy frame and sideplate, five CRBB corrosion resistant ball bearings, and a machined aluminum spool with a stainless main shaft to give these Daiwa Baitcasting Reels a lightweight feel. Featuring the best in top quality and durability, these baitcasting reels also give you incredible fish stopping power with the standard multi-disc composite wet drag system. A fast 6.3:1 retrieve picks up 28" of line per crank of the reel handle making it a cinch to work fast moving lures. The Centriflex automatic centrifugal brake system helps to provide long casts while preventing spool over runs.