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The Best Spincasting Reels For Beginners And Casuals

Updated on December 7, 2010

The fishing reel is one of the most important things for an angler wherever he may choose to fish. Reels make it easier for casting, for securing the fishing line as well as finally hauling up the catch. There are many kinds of them, but this time, we’ll be talking about the spincasting reel otherwise known as the closed-face reel.

Spincasting reels are some of the most convenient fishing reels. They release fishing lines with just one push of the button so they are often recommended for those who want to get started with fishing. These reels are mounted on the fishing rod and are great for catching fish sizes from small to medium. They are also known for having cone-shaped noses for protecting the spools. Spincasting reels are designed to hold fishing lines securely while preventing it from tangling and knotting and they are also known for having secure drags that stubbornly hold the line whenever there’s a tug. However, if you’re planning to do some heavy fishing like for redfish and flounders for example in saltwater, you might as well consider getting yourself surf fishing reels. Spincasting reels are rather built lighter so they’re better for freshwater fishing and I bring them along sometimes during outdoor excursions along lakes or rivers. For those who are new to the art of fishing, this type of reel is great for starters. This is also a very good choice for those who aren’t new to fishing but don’t do it very often either.

Here are some of the best spincasting reels for both beginners and casual anglers.

Zebco Omega Z03 Spincast Reel
Zebco Omega Z03 Spincast Reel

Zebco Omega Z03 Spincast Reel

Ask any old-timer when it comes to fishing and you’ll most likely hear this brand. Zebco is one of the most respected brands when it comes to high quality fishing gear. This Zebco spincasting reel features 7 ball bearings made of waterproof stainless steel. Usually, more ball bearings mean smoother function. Add that to the fact that the bearings are rust-resistant, that means you get top-of-the-line performance every time you go fishing. Aside from that, this spincasting reel has a spool sytem that allows you to easily change spools so you can have new spools immediately whenever you need them. This reel has a capacity for 85 yards and 10 pounds and it also has the smoothest worm gear drive. You can also be sure that your line is secure – tug or no tug – with this reel’s triple-cam, multi-disc drag. Aside from all those, this reel features an ergonomic design that’s easy on any angler’s hands.

Zebco Spin Cast Fishing Reel with 20-Pound line
Zebco Spin Cast Fishing Reel with 20-Pound line

Zebco Spin Cast Fishing Reel with 20-Pound line

If you’re looking for the convenience of a spincasting reel and planning to venture into heavier fishing, this reel’s the one to beat. As mentioned awhile ago, Zebco is one of the best names in quality fishing gear and this spincasting reel is a toughie among its kind. The Zebco Spin Cast Fishing Reel is built with the capacity for 90 yards of 20-pound lines, plus it’s already pre-spooled. It’s also very durable with its pickup pins made of stainless steel, its built-in hook keeper, its ABS casing and its adjustable drag. This one will prove the tougher when it comes to struggling with giddy catches. This reel also features a retriever that’s convenient for both left-handed and right-handed users. To top it off, you can get this one at a very consumer-friendly price.

Johnson Century Gold Spincast Reel (100-Yard/8-Pound)
Johnson Century Gold Spincast Reel (100-Yard/8-Pound)

Johnson Century Gold Spincast Reel (100-Yard/8-Pound)

Here’s another good name for spincasting reels as well as other kinds of reels and fishing equipment. The Johnson Century Gold Spincast Reel has a sturdy metal frame and cover and dual roller pick-up pins. It also has the capacity for 100 yards of 8-pound fishing line. In fact, when you purchase it, it already comes pre-spooled with a Berkley Trilene XL Line. This spincasting reel also has stainless steel ball bearings that ensure ultra smooth functioning. This reel features a bearing drive that prevents reversing, tangling and knotting so you’ line’s always at it best while you’re out to catch those fast swimmers. This one is surely one of the smoothest spincasting reels you can get your hands on and even expert anglers can attest to that.

Shakespeare Synergy Ti 1 Spincast Blister Reel
Shakespeare Synergy Ti 1 Spincast Blister Reel

Shakespeare Synergy Ti 1 Spincast Blister Reel

This spincasting reel is just the perfect combination when it comes to durability, functionality and convenience. The Shakespeare Synergy Ti 1 Spincast Blister Reel features a tough and waterproof polished cone and rear for protecting the spool. It also has a line guide made of titanium for making sure that your line stays smooth and untangled. This reel also features 2 stainless steel ball bearings – SYMC and SYMS – on order to give you the smoothest function possible. This one’s very easy to cast and use. It’s great having around especially when you’re going out on outdoor trips with the whole family or with some friends and you’ll be learning or teaching how to fish. This reel is also very light, plus it has soft rubber knobs on its metal handle that offers anglers a more secure grip.

Daiwa Minisystem Minicast Ultra-Compact Spincast Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case
Daiwa Minisystem Minicast Ultra-Compact Spincast Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case

Daiwa Minisystem Minicast Ultra-Compact Spincast Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case

Since we’re having a list of the best spincasting reels here, it wouldn’t be complete without having any Daiwa representatives. Daiwa is also another great brand recognized by enthusiastic anglers around the world. Here’s the Daiwa Minisystem Minicast Ultra-Compact Spincast Reel for you to check out. It has a body and a nose cone made of high quality aluminum alloy that gives it great protection from water, it features push-button casting that’s great for fast fishing and it has a smooth disk drag that secures your fishing line, prevents it from tangling or knotting and makes it easier to haul those fish. This reel comes pre-spooled with a 4-pound fishing line. It also comes with a matching fishing rod plus a hard case for keeping the whole package protected. This means that the whole set is also easy to store in your backpack.


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