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The Best Baitcasting Reels of 2015

As we move into the beginning of the fishing season, some of you might be on the lookout for new, high quality spinning and baitcasting reels. If you are, this is the article for you. I’ve included a list of some of the most high-end reels, as well as many extremely high quality ones that won’t break the bank. Here are the top spinning and baitcasting reels for 2015:

Duckett Fishing 360 Series Baitcasting Reel -$249
DTX-1Despite being Duckett Fishing’s first attempt at creating a real, this is truly a quality piece. Even though the reel costs only $250, many argue that the 360 is extremely underpriced as it showcases many of the accoutrements of a much more expensive reel.

Some of its best features are its rock solid one-piece die-cast machined frame, its carbon-composite side plates, eleven ball bearing system, and a finely meshed gear train. This reel packs a punch with up to 14 pounds of resistance and three retrieve styles: 5.3:1, 6.3:1, and 7.1:1.

The best price with shipping we could find on the Duckett 360 was through Bass Pro Shops, check out current price and user reviews below.

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Lew’s Tournament Pro TP300HP Spinning Reel -$100
lews-tournamentThis great model packs more than a handful of high-end features into a model priced so that it is available to the average fisherman. Just to name a few, its chassis is composed of high-strength C40 carbon (providing a flex-free platform); it uses a skeletal graphite rotor, as well as a sealed main body. This model comes with a 6.1:1 retrieve style for maximum cranking power and uses a 10-bearing system. This is clearly an extremely high-end model that nevertheless won’t break the bank.

This is one of the smoothest baitcasting reels I’ve used, it casts phenomenally, packs 14 lbs of drag and will quickly become your go-to-reel. It’s reviews are off the charts, 4.9/5 on Cabela’s and 4.7/5 on Amazon.

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Shimano Curado 200I Baitcasting Reel -$180
Shimano Curado E SeriesLast, but definitely not least on this list is the Shiman0 Curado 200I Baitcasting Reel, priced at only $180. It is unsurprising that this reel is both affordably priced and made with extremely high quality given Curado’s reputations for churning out gold standard reels at affordable prices. This reel, as well as others in the Curado legacy, gets its iconic smoothness from dual bearings supporting the main gear and pinion, ensuring that everything is aligned and turning perfectly.

The user is able to use the ideal setting for long casts with the three-level cast-control system, an extremely useful feature. Also, an external control on the palming plate monitors tension, so that the user is able to adjust while holding the reel. At an affordable price of $180, this reel, found at, is really the fisher’s ideal reel.

So, that’s it for the top spinning and baitcasting reels of 2015! If you didn’t see your favorite reel on this list, don’t be alarmed; different reels are meant for people with different requirements, and these were just a few of the reels that I thought were truly remarkable this year. I hope you found out some helpful information from this list regarding some great high-quality choices, good luck picking out your newest reel!

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Abu Garcia Orra SX Reel – $93
Abu Garcia has been making some of the highest quality baitcasting reels on the planet for years, and are the choice reel for professionals like Mike Iaconelli and Bobby Lane. The Orra makes our list thanks to it’s versatility…

With 15 lbs of drag, the Abu Garcia Orra SX packs a punch, and is available in both left and right hand retrieve. The Orra also comes with a standard gear ration of 6.4:1, and a high speed option at 7.1:1.

The performance out of the box belongs with the Curado, Lew’s, Duckett, however we have noticed more complaints about just how long this reel maintains it’s performance than we did with the other three reels. That being said, it is a $99 reel, so if you are looking for high performance on a budget, the Orra is the best value.

Customers reviewed the Orra at 4.3/5 on Amazon and 4.4/5 at Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops. Click below for more reviews and for the best price we could find on the web – $93 and free shipping.

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