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July 14, 2016
ICAST 2016: 5 Spinning Reels To Watch
by Craig RitchieThe ICAST show is the best place to see all the latest fishing gear. Here are five new spinning reels to watch in 2017.
Daiwa BG Series
MSRP: From $99
Daiwa's new BG spinning reel series builds on more than 35 years of experience building premium tackle for both fresh and saltwater The series includes a variety of sizes, from a diminutive 1500 model to an 8000 size capable of the toughest saltwater trophies. The BG lineup features a machined body cover with black
anodizing to reduce scratching and corrosion, an oversized Digigear drive gear for smoothness and power, and a screw-in handle that eliminates any movement or play between the main gear and the handle arm.
Eagle Claw Sabalos II
The new Sabalos II reels are built to be the smoothest, longest casting reels on the market, much less for reels selling for under $100. They feature lOBB for reliable and smooth function and are guaranteed to not fail even under the toughest tournament conditions. A three layer drag system is designed to stop the strongest fish around, while a gear ratio of 5.8:1 allows the Sabalos II series to pick up line fast, with a retrieve of 26.7 inches per handle turn for the size 20 and 29.6 inches for the size 30. The size 20 reel weighs just 9.7 ounces while the size 30 comes in at 10.3 ounces.
Available in 1000, 2000 and 3000 sizes, Ardent Tackle's new CForce is a sleek, high performance spinning reel with a lightweight carbon frame and 9+1 ball bearing construction. Its 6.0:1 high speed retrieve allows rapid line pickup, while a carbon fiber, multi-stacked sealed drag system puts the brakes on even the hardest running fish.
MSRP: Starting at $99
The all-new Nasci spinning reel by Shimano "redefines anglers expectations in a mid priced spinning reel" according to the company. Nasci – said to be the Latin word for birth – features the Shimano Hagane cold-forged gear that is claimed to be 165% stronger than zinc cast gears. Incorporating the company's CoreProtect water resistance, Nasci is designed to resist the elements and keep the angler fishing in any conditions.
Ardent's new Bolt is a high performance, affordable spinning reel with a lightweight graphite frame and a 6.0:1 high-speed gear ratio. 9+1 ball bearing construction, a carbon fiber rotor and a high grade aluminum spool with braid band make this a feature-rich reel at an attractive price.