Top 5 Bass Fishing Reels

Successful bass anglers typically have several rods & reels rigged and ready to deploy as conditions change. Here we’ve collected 5 of the best baitcast reels and spinning reels for bass fishing that support the wide variety of techniques needed to consistently catch bass.
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Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reel

The new Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reel is the product of CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION. Now with Shimano’s MicroModule Gear II you’ll experience a rotational smoothness and power transfer never before achieved in a reel at this price point. Couple MicroModule Gear II with Silent Drive, which fine tunes internal components to the highest tolerances possible, and you’ll agree the new Stradic approaches flagship level performance. Plus, Shimano’s X-Protect water-repellent coating and specially designed, water channeling, labyrinth construction ensure a lifetime of top level performance by stopping water penetration in key areas without adding a heavy rotational feel. The C3000, 4000 and C5000 models come equipped with Shimano’s Cross Carbon Drag system, designed to endure and conquer the most blistering runs and the most powerful fish.

Features

  • 6+1 Bearings
  • Range of sizes to meet any fishing needs
  • Micromodule Gear II
  • X-Protect Water Resistance

About Shimano

From an angling perspective, every individual who has owned and enjoyed using Shimano tackle has a reason to thank a Japanese visionary named Shozaburo Shimano, who in 1921 declared "I aim to make Shimano's products the best in Kansai, then the best in Japan, and finally the best in the world." For over 80 years, Shimano has concentrated on precision engineering, one step at a time. Creating the most innovative products and processes you can hold in your hand today.

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Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel

The Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel series sets the standard for corrosion resistant reels. The Daiwa Certate has a Magsealed main shaft and line roller. There are also 10 corrosion resistant ball bearings (CRBB) to keep Certate reels running smooth, even in the roughest of conditions.

Features

  • Monocoque One Piece Body
  • Aluminum Frame For Heavy Duty Performance
  • Magsealed Main Shaft and Line Roller
  • 10 Bearing System (10CRBB +1RB)
  • Zaion Air Rotor for lighter weight and greater sensitivity
  • AIR BAIL
  • Tough Digigear digital gear design

 

About Daiwa

The essence of life’s journey stretches beyond the boundaries of work and day-to-day life and is found in the things that feed our soul and engage and nurture our senses. The lure of nature, the draw of the aquatic world, and the attraction and connection with what they have to offer is what fuels us as an angler. For Daiwa this attraction, this connection with nature is more than just a part of life, it is our life, and for over 60 years we’ve been driven and inspired to create and deliver anglers the most advanced and dynamic fishing gear the world has to offer. Fishing gear that will allow you to tackle the diverse and expansive fishing this planet has to offer, and provide you with the ultimate angling experience. Daiwa is born to fish, and built to inspire.

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Shimano Curado MGL K Baitcast Reel

Small in hand but large in durability, dependability and performance, the Shimano Curado MGL 70 K Baitcast Reel is a addition to Shimano’s coveted line of Curado low-profile reels. The reel’s lightweight MGL Spool requires less start-up energy due to decreased inertia and results in longer casts with reduced effort. This advanced feature also allows the reel to excel for anglers fishing with finesses baits, such as handmade balsa baits, or lures that require light line for maximum fishability. The new Curado MGL 70 K is a great reel choice for anglers pitching and flipping in tight cover when increased line capacity is not required. But anglers shouldn’t be concerned about its compact size when fighting fish in close quarters or heavy cover, the Curado MGL 70 K is equipped with a Cross Carbon Drag to provide the needed stopping power against large fish. And just like the rest of the Curado family of reels, the versatile Curado MGL 70 K features MicroModule Gear for enhanced smoothness as well as a HAGANE Body for increased rigidity and durability for years of fishing performance.

Features

  • HAGANE Body
  • MGL Spool II
  • MicroModule Gear
  • SVS Infinity
  • CI4+ (Side Plate)
  • Cross Carbon Drag

What Customers Are Saying

Great casting reel

Great casting reel. Long casts are the norm. Also casts lighter lures well. Smaller spool so I spooled it with 20# braid. No backing. Also have a SLX series 70 which has been great. Liked it so much I bought this one as an upgrade. Got em on St Croix 7' medium rods. American ones of course
- Steve in da Thumb, 5/11/2022

About Shimano

From an angling perspective, every individual who has owned and enjoyed using Shimano tackle has a reason to thank a Japanese visionary named Shozaburo Shimano, who in 1921 declared "I aim to make Shimano's products the best in Kansai, then the best in Japan, and finally the best in the world." For over 80 years, Shimano has concentrated on precision engineering, one step at a time. Creating the most innovative products and processes you can hold in your hand today.

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Lew's Team Lew's Custom Pro Spinning Reel

The Custom Pro Speed Spin delivers everything you could want in a spinning reel, at an affordable value. The Custom Pro has a superior drag system that is smooth as silk when fighting a big fish. Strong sealed carbon fiber drag system generates up to 24lb max drag (4000 size). Not to worry, the reel’s all aluminum frame won’t flex. Designed for freshwater use, the Custom Pro incorporates a flush and drain port (except 1000 size) that allows you to easily flush grit or debris out of the reel body. All in all, the Custom Pro Speed Spin is the spinning reel you will want on your deck, day in and day out. 

Features

  • Premium stainless steel 12- bearing system with  Zero Reverse one-way clutch bearing
  • Aluminum body and side plate with flush and drain port (2000, 3000, 4000 models only)
  • Lightweight high strength C60 Carbon skeletal rotor with aluminum bail wire
  • Lightweight double anodized knurled aluminum spool
  • High strength aluminum Speed Gears with strong, lightweight aluminum pinion cut on precision Hamai CNC gear hobbing machines
  • Durable stainless steel main shaft
  • Stainless steel external screws
  • Smooth sealed carbon fiber multi-disc drag system
  • Aluminum handle with Winn Dri-Tac knob
  • Speed Lube for exceptional smoothness and uninterrupted performance in all weather conditions from extreme heat to freezing cold
  • Compatible with Lew's Custom Speed Shop knobs

 

About Lew's

Since 1949, professional and amateur anglers alike have trusted Lew's to deliver on the promise of Lighter, Faster, Stronger products. The original developer of the teardrop reel and bamboo rod, Lew's has been innovating for decades and continues to set the standard for dependable fishing gear. Lew's reels, rods, combos, and accessories are designed for peak performance and durability. Feel the Difference.

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Abu Garcia Zenon X Baitcast Reel

The Abu Garcia Zenon X Baitcast Reel is engineered to give anglers the compact performance of the Zenon MG-X series along with the versatility of a heavy-duty fishing reel. The Zenon X low profile reel provides an aluminum frame for added strength, C6 carbon side plates, and an aluminum main gear for maximum weight optimization. Easily adjustable and ultra compact, the ZenonX is suited to throw anything from lightweight finesse baits all the way to heavy jigs.

Features

  • 9 Stainless steel HPCR bearings + 1 roller bearing
  • X2-Cräftic alloy frame
  • Carbon Matrix drag system
  • Infini II spool design
  • Infini brake system
  • Compact bent handle and star
  • Flat EVA knobs
  • Aircraft grade aluminum main gear
  • Ti coated line guide
  • Recessed reel foot
  • Lube port

 

About Abu Garcia

Obsession For Detail. For generations, anglers the world over have put their trust in Abu Garcia for tackle that stands their toughest tests. It's a trust that's been earned by building products right the first time, and making them even better time after time. We refuse to compromise on how we design, build and perfect Abu Garcia precision equipment. That's why decades of experience and obsession for detail are the hallmarks of Abu Garcia. Just as generation after generation of Swedish craftsmen designed our products for superior performance, we continue to design cutting edge fishing equipment with our heritage in mind so generation after generation of anglers will enjoy the fruits of our labor and the thrill of the sport.

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