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The Best Surf Fishing Reels For Coastline Anglers

Updated on December 7, 2010

While many people are familiar with fishing on boats, many still do the activity along the beach and this is what we call surf fishing. Some anglers prefer to remain on the shore and scan the area for schools of fish. Since not many fish really come near shores, fishing rods designed for surf fishing are generally longer. They also come somewhat thicker and sturdier as surf fishing is known to reward the patient and skilled angler with big and heavy saltwater fish such as elephant fish, flounders, redfish and different sorts of trout. This can be done anywhere in the world along any seaside region, although lots of great catches are yielded in rocky coastlines.

In order to fit the heavy duty build of surf fishing rods, surf fishing reels are designed to prove tough as well when it comes to getting those big hauls. If you’re going to the beach, you might be interested to try surf fishing for both the fun of the catch and the benefit of a sumptuous dish. So, don’t forget to keep some of these things in mind when getting some really great equipment that will make fishing more pleasant and convenient. A reel is designed to secure the fishing line as well as make it easier for you to pull up your catch. If you’re going to do some saltwater fishing, you better get something that won’t corrode. Get a surf fishing reel that’s sturdily built with saline water-resistant materials like anodized aluminum. Here are some of the best surf fishing reels to help you get the most out of surf fishing whether you’re a newbie or a long-timer at the sport.

Penn Performance Casting Magnetic Reel (275-Yard, 15-Pound)
Penn Performance Casting Magnetic Reel (275-Yard, 15-Pound)

Penn Performance Casting Magnetic Reel (275-Yard, 15-Pound)

If you’re still taking you’re time warming up to surf fishing, you’ll benefit a lot from this surf fishing reel. Penn is a brand well-known by expert anglers for its durability and convenience and is a very good choice for beginners. The Penn Performance Casting Magnetic Reel features a lightweight graphite frame that’s a good combination of strength and lightness which enable you to easily use it with confidence even in rough conditions. It has a machined spool made of anodized aluminum too that won’t rust even through long hours along coasts. To make sure the big ones don’t get away, this surf fishing reel also features a reliable HT100 multi-disk drag that holds on the line even through weights of 15 pounds. This one also features a cushioned handle to prevent blisters even while you’re dealing with struggling fish.

Penn GT Level Wind Reel
Penn GT Level Wind Reel

Penn GT Level Wind Reel

Here’s another surf fishing reel also from Penn. Even if you’ve got some experience already as a surf angler, it’s ok to have this handy. Penn is also known for competition-worthy gear for the most skilled anglers and you will surely love this reel’s performance. The frame of the Penn GT Level Wind Reel is made of graphite which is very durable as well as light which is why it is one of the materials sought for by expert anglers. This reel features a machined spool made of anodized aluminum too to keep it at its top shape even when exposed to saltwater. To give you smooth function, this reel features sealed ball bearings made of rust-proof stainless steel. Even with that, this reel features HT-100 drag washers that offer you flawless drag for those heavy catches. This reel also has a soft handle that makes it comfortable for the user even while trying to haul stubborn fish.

Shimano Tekota Saltwater Casting Reel, TEK600LC
Shimano Tekota Saltwater Casting Reel, TEK600LC

Shimano Tekota Saltwater Casting Reel, TEK600LC

When it comes to fishing equipment, most experienced anglers will mention the name of Shimano when you ask them about the best equipment there is for any kind of fishing. The Shimano Tekota Saltwater Casting Reel has a die cast aluminum frame that’s ever sturdy and made for tough conditions. It’s lightweight too so it’s easier to handle. That means you get expert performance that’s convenient for anyone. This surf fishing reel is also suitable for saltwater because of its aluminum spool that’s rust resistant even when exposed to seawater. Aside from that, this reel also features rust resistant ball bearings to keep giving you smooth functioning for a very long time. It also features a reliable drag made of Dartainium that secures your line even while struggling with the biggest and giddiest of catches. This surf fishing reels has a Septon handle too that gives you a soft and secure grip in any condition so your hands stay protected while you attend to the biggest catch of the day.

Okuma Cedros Spinning Reel
Okuma Cedros Spinning Reel

Okuma Cedros Spinning Reel

Remember this name when looking around for supplies and equipment for any kind of fishing. Okuma is one of the most respected names when it comes to instruments for the avid angler’s art. The Okuma Cedros Spinning Reel is just the right choice for saltwater fishing with its rust-proof spool, ball bearings and frame. This surf fishing reel will withstand the harshest effects of seawater with its machined spool made of anodized aluminum. The ball bearings made of stainless steel are also rust-resistant and will ensure you of long years of unbeatably smooth functioning. The frame is also made of durable die-cast aluminum. Aside from that, the bearings are also designed to prevent reversing for more reliability. Furthermore, this surf fishing reel is designed with a dual force drag system that doubles the security of your line when it comes to those memorable catches.

Abu Garcia Cardinal CSW174 Reel  1117623
Abu Garcia Cardinal CSW174 Reel 1117623

Abu Garcia Cardinal CSW174 Reel – 1117623

If you’re planning to do some saltwater fishing and you’re looking for a good and affordable reel that does not compromise good quality for the low pricing, you’ll be delighted with the Abu Garcia Cardinal Reel. This one is specially made for surf fishing with its great resistance to the effects of saline water. It’s made of high-quality stainless steel that will give you a lot confidence through hours of use on the coastlines, plus it also has ball bearings made of the same material that ensure smooth functioning. Because the ball bearings are also rust-proof, you can be sure that this one will always deliver its best every time you hit the shores. As for line security, you can be sure that you’ll get those big fish before they even have the chance to get away with this reel’s reliable and convenient drag. This reel also comes with an ergonomic handle that great for both left-handed and right-handed people. With all its, great features, this surf fishing reel comes in an affordable price too that won’t bore a hole in your pocket.


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    Glenn Daugherty 

    8 years ago from Alvin, Texas

    I find this article useful. Durability means a lot when you're in salt water. I use several fifteen foot rods with open face spin cast reels just like the ones shown. Penn also makes one of the finest reels made. I know, I've used one all my life. I like the long rod because it keeps my line out of the waves crashing in on the shore and makes it easier to see a bite! Makes me want to go fishing right now just talking about it! Good article!!

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    Chad Harding 

    8 years ago

    Fishing is probably just the most exciting interest ever!


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