Fishing Tackle : Fishing Reels

  • Daiwa Caldia 2500 MAG Sealed

    Daiwa Caldia 2500 MAG Sealed

    I have really got into the 2500 size Daiwa spinning reels, and this new MAG Sealed version of the famous Daiwa Caldia is a little gem of a reel. See my original blog post about it here. Comes with a spare spool. 

  • Daiwa Certate 2500 and 3000 Mag Sealed - 2014 model

    Daiwa Certate 2500 and 3000 Mag Sealed - 2014 model

    I got to fish for one glorious evening with the new Daiwa Certate 2500 Mag Sealed spinning reel - wow what a bit of kit. How could anybody not love fishing with these things? I can’t tell you how they are going to last, but they are sublime to fish with, and a friend of mine has been using the 3000 model to great effect with no issues at all. Does not come with a spare spool.

  • Daiwa Certate 2500 Mag Sealed - 2012/2013 model

    Daiwa Certate 2500 Mag Sealed - 2012/2013 model

    What more needs to be said about this spinning reel ? Pure class, with that incredibly smooth action that comes when reels start to cost this much money. It is always going to bug me when a reel that costs this much does not come with a spare spool, but a Daiwa Certate does not have its awesome reputation for nothing. Does not come with a spare spool.

  • Daiwa Luvias 2500 - non Mag Sealed version

    Daiwa Luvias 2500 - non Mag Sealed version

    My spinning reel of the year for 2011 – see here. I just love this “little” reel for a lot of my lure fishing. Very smooth, very light, a gorgeous drag, and it handles anything that I have been throwing at it. I never thought I would see me using such “little” spinning reels for my fishing, but once you have dropped a few sizes it’s hard to go back to the bigger reels. The “little” reels feel so right on these lighter lure rods that so many of us are using these days. Comes with a spare spool.

  • Daiwa Luvias 3000 - non Mag Sealed version

    Daiwa Luvias 3000 - non Mag Sealed version

    The first time I picked this Daiwa Luvias 3000 spinning reel up at that Nantes bass fishing show over in France and I just had to get my hands on one. Talk about a spinning reel that weighs virtually nothing, and if I am right in my understanding then I believe that these Luvias reels were originally designed by Daiwa Australia. If the Aussies like them then that is good enough for me, and I have used this reel extensively now without finding any faults. And I love that shape of handle. So comfortable to fish with. Just a very, very good all round lure reel that really is as light as a feather and as tough as old boots. It comes with a spare spool as well.

  • Daiwa SLOSH 20

    Daiwa SLOSH 20

    I have had a love affair with the Daiwa “SLOSH” multiplier (conventional) reels for many years now, and I own far too many of them. Me, a tackle tart ? Never !! I know I really like the Penn 525 Mag reels for a lot of shore fishing, but I also am a huge fan of the standard SLOSH 20 reel that works so well again for lines up to about 20lb. They are so easy to use and just never blow up if you allow a fair bit of spool play and use one large red brake block (they come with the reel, in the box). I turn to the Daiwa SLOSH 20 reel over the Penn 525 Mag when the going gets that little bit tougher – the SLOSH 20 is in my mind the overall gutsier reel.

  • Daiwa SLOSH series

    Daiwa SLOSH series

    In my mind just about the best all round shore fishing multiplier (conventional) reels for our fishing, and of course they work well off the boat as well. I have plenty of the original Daiwa SLOSH 20 and 30 reels especially and although I don't do much bait fishing these days I will never, ever get rid of them because they are just too good.

  • Daiwa Team Daiwa TDX 2508

    Daiwa Team Daiwa TDX 2508

    For the life of me I can’t work out why these TDX spinning reels have not caught on that much amongst lure anglers especially, because people are missing out. I have put this reel through hell, and along the way it’s shipped in a lot of saltwater – yet not for one second has it become any less smooth or easy to fish with. One of Daiwa UK’s little hidden gems if you ask me. Comes with a spare spool.

  • Daiwa Team Daiwa TDX 3012

    Daiwa Team Daiwa TDX 3012

    The bigger brother of the 2508, this still small and lightweight Team Daiwa TDX 3012 spinning reel is a joy to fish with for long periods. What really impresses me is how smooth the drag is, and that includes me taking several dunkings and/or waves over my head. Of course I like the fact that this reel comes with a spare spool, and as much as I have spent years fishing with and loving all manner of Shimano spinning reels, these Daiwa ones are really growing on me the more I fish with them. Comes with a spare spool. 

  • Daiwa Theory 2500

    Daiwa Theory 2500

    New on to the market in early 2012, this new Daiwa Theory 2500 spinning reel has already left a big impression on me. See my thoughts on this blog post here. Hugely, hugely impressive, and for what I believe is very sensible money.

  • MegaBass Idaten X 256

    MegaBass Idaten X 256

    A very different feeling spinning reel to the MegaBass Luvito, in that this Idaten X 256 is a “tight” feeling reel if that makes sense. Buttery smooth. Everything feels like it has been engineered to seriously high tolerances. MegaBass make class gear, and this “little” spinning reel simply inspires huge confidence. If money were no object I could see myself acquiring a big collection of MegaBass reels !!

  • MegaBass Luvito 256C

    MegaBass Luvito 256C

    As far as I can work out this Japanese company only seems to be interested in making seriously good fishing tackle. I have not come across one single product from MegaBass that looks like it has not been thought through with the utmost care and attention. Everything just feels “right”. Does not come with a spare spool.

  • Penn 525 Mag

    Penn 525 Mag

    There are few better or easier multiplier (conventional) reels to use for “standard” UK-style shore fishing than the Penn 525 Mag – I have a pair of the original ones and they are still going strong. Set them up correctly (a tiny bit of spool play and the magnets on Slow) and I can’t find a way to make them misbehave. Outstanding bits of kit for mainlines of 12-20lb breaking strains – around 15-18lb seems to be the optimum.

  • Shimano Aernos 3000SFA

    Shimano Aernos 3000SFA

    I still can't believe that a Shimano reel like this Aernos 3000SFA can be bought for under £100. It's just a hell of a lot of decent spinning reel for the money and I love that it comes with a spare spool as well. Quality.

  • Shimano Aero Spin 4000

    Shimano Aero Spin 4000

    This might just be one the best value for money spinning reels out there, but for some weird reason I have yet to come across one single lure angler who fishes with this incredibly solid feeling Shimano Aero Spin 4000. It’s around half the price of the slightly lighter Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ spinning reel, but strap this roughly £150 version to say a 7-28g 9’ lure rod and I defy to to feel any noticeable difference. My gut tells me that this Aero Spin is one of those hidden gems that for whatever reason seems to be passing by UK and Irish lure anglers - which is a real shame if you ask me. Comes with a spare spool. Review here.

  • Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ 4000

    Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ 4000

    A slightly different style and shape of spinning reel than I am more used to, but I cannot tell you how awesome this Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ 4000 reel is to fish with. Incredibly light, as smooth as I have ever come across in a spinning reel, and just so “together” – see my review of this rather special spinning reel here. Does not come with a spare spool.

  • Shimano Rarenium 3000 - pre-2014 model

    Shimano Rarenium 3000 - pre-2014 model

    You won’t go far wrong with a Shimano Rarenium, indeed over the last couple of years this lightweight beauty is without doubt one of the spinning reels that I see the most of out and about. A lot of reel for the money. Perfect line lay, that smoothness that any Shimano reel owner knows about, and they just seem to last and last. Class.

  • Shimano Stella 4000FD

    Shimano Stella 4000FD

    If there is a better range of spinning reels in the world than the legendary Shimano Stella then I have been living under a rock for the last few years. Anybody who is into their spinning reels either has one (or some) of these, or wants to have one. Imagine fifteen years ago if somebody had said that spinning reels would arguably become the reels of choice for some of the most demanding fishing on this earth, such as vertical (high-speed) jigging or smashing giant GTs on enormous poppers. The Stella range changed things forever. I finally caved in and decided to get the smaller Stella 4000FD model that is a good size for the bulk of our light tackle bass spinning that we do here in northern European waters. I just can't get over how smooth and "tight" this reel feels when you use it, and the problem is that once you have used the best, there is no going back. Does not come with a spare spool.

  • Shimano Stradic C14 3000F

    Shimano Stradic C14 3000F

    A great reel for bass and wrasse fishing with lures. Plenty of that typical Shimano smoothness and I just love the handle on this 3000 size. Why though is a spare spool not supplied with this reel as you get with something like the Shimano Rarenium ?

  • Shimano Sustain 2500FG

    Shimano Sustain 2500FG

    I have gone and seriously fallen in love with this Shimano Sustain 2500FG spinning reel. What a piece of kit and I love how it balances on these generally 8’-9’ lure rods I use for most of my fishing. Yes, the Daiwa and Shimano reel codes lead to a lot of confusion among anglers, but this 2500 size Sustain is essentially the same as a 3000 Shimano but with a slightly smaller capacity spool – which is fine for the kinds of braids we might use for bass fishing – and it’s roughly the same size as a Daiwa 2500 reel. Go figure !! That aside this Sustain is Shimano all over. Smooth as you like, I love the handle, very light, an incredibly smooth drag and yes, it comes with a spare spool. See my review on this reel here.

  • Shimano Sustain 4000FG

    Shimano Sustain 4000FG

    Every single thing about these Shimano Sustain spinning reels work for me and the way I fish. I absolutely love fishing with them and this slightly larger 4000FG version has been added to my armoury. To be honest I find little difference fishing with the 4000 over the 2500, indeed both are light and so smooth and they are just everything about modern spinning reels that float my boat. The Sustain 4000FG seems to work perfectly on the 9’ 7-28g lure rods and up, whereas I can use the 2500FG on a rod like this and down in length/casting weight if that makes sense. Comes with a spare spool. See my review of this reel here.

  • Shimano Trinidad series

    Shimano Trinidad series

    In southern Africa especially, many fishermen specialise in catching huge fish from the rocks and beaches – and I mean the kind of fish that most “normal” anglers would faint if they saw them attached to their line. Huge sharks, rays, snappers, garrick, kob, tarpon, giant trevally (GT), sand sharks (or guitar fish), you name it, there are endless possibilities to go and nail what I sometimes call “silly size” fish from the shore. Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa and Gabon are very good places to go for this kind of fishing, but it does call for seriously specialist kit. Virtually every single big fish angler I have worked with over the last few years ago uses the Shimano Trinidad range of multiplier (conventional) reels for this specialist kind of fishing. I see some fishermen over here using the Trinidad 14 for our shore fishing, and it works great – the thing is though that we do not have any fish really that can give this thing a proper workout. Save some money and use the Shimano Torium 14 instead. But the Trinidad reels are simply sublime to use, and I can understand why some guys buy them here in the UK. Overseas the guys I know tend to use the Trinidad 20 and 30 for their more “regular” fishing (downright extreme to us), and then strap on the massive Trinidad 50 for chasing sharks, huge rays and sand sharks (guitar fish). The Trinidad 30 makes for a good heavy duty shore and boat reel here in the UK and Ireland, but again, it is not really required. Whatever floats your boat though. It’s always nice to be using the best if you can.

  • Shimano Vanquish C3000

    Shimano Vanquish C3000

    Reassuringly expensive and ridiculously awesome, this Shimano Vanquish C3000 spinning reel is up there with the Stella. Plenty of spinning reels are smooth, but this thing feels like it’s running on butter. Turn that handle and feel how precisely engineered everything feels. Many anglers would argue that a reel like this is overkill for lure fishing in the UK and Ireland, but considering that it’s a free world I would rather let people make up their own minds – flat out this is one of if not the most impressive spinning reels that I have ever been lucky enough to have fished with. Does not come with a spare spool.