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Best Fishing Pliers Review | Saltwater & Freshwater

They say the smallest things are those that matter the most.

Well, when it comes to fishing, those small things are a trusty pair of fishing pliers.

Fishing pliers are a must have for all  types of fishing. Essential for removing hooks, especially when the fish has gulped down your bait, when cutting braid or mono lines and adding or changing hooks on your lures. You need to get the best tool for the job. No worries; we are here to help you make that important choice. 

Best Fishing Pliers | Our Top 3.

Here are our top three pliers that you should consider before your next trip out.

Bite Fishing Pliers

Saltwater & Freshwater use

100% Corrosion Free

Spring Loaded Handles

Replaceable Jaws

Buck Splizzors

Our Top Choice

420HC Stainless Steel

Forever Warranty

Multiple Uses

Boomerang Braid Snips

Best Braid Cutter

Great on Braided Line

Easy to use

Very Sharp & Handy


1. Bite Fishing Pliers - Great for Saltwater and Freshwater

Any fisherman will definitely be satisfied with how well the bite fishing pliers cut the strongest braided lines and the heaviest mono leader.

Furthermore, the cuts are super clean.

The manufacturers offer variations: you can go for the 7.5" blue or red, or opt for the 6.5" blue with a split ring nose.

100% corrosion free so great for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Tip: the 6.5” is better suited for small handed people. It comes with a 5-year warranty which is not bad in the fishing-gear industry.

Pros

The heat treated aluminium alloy makes these a super strong set of fishing pliers. Plus of course the easily replaceable black stainless steel jaws are a gift if you are using these all the time. Just like the Nighthawk marine pliers, they use easily replaceable tungsten carbide cutters that are sharp as razor blades, but can be swapped out when they dull.

The anodized aluminum alloy makes this set of pliers 100% corrosion free. Be assured they are ideal for both harsh salty environments and fresh waters.

It has soft touch grips moulded onto the handles which offer increased comfort and handling of the tool. There is no wobble in the grip. The handles are spring-loaded which allows for single-hand use.

The bite fishing pliers come with a few accessories. You get a rotating belt-clip nylon sheath that is extremely handy when it comes to keeping your pliers safe and in place. You also get a lanyard and caribiner clip. These are our recommended pliers for the best saltwater fishing pliers for the money.

Cons

You might not like that there is no holder to keep the pliers shut when they are not in use. However, since there is a sheath, I find this particular con easy to live with. The handles might also not work well for small handed people.


2. Buck Knives Splizzors - Best Fishing Pliers

They call them splizzors because they almost resemble an ordinary pair of scissors.

They might just be the longest pliers around with 8.5 inches but they are worth it-the long and narrow nose will definitely aid in deep hook removals.

The Buck Splizzors uses Buck's Edge 2X technology-edge to edge pressure that is 10x greater than that in ordinary scissors. Micro serrations make splizzors extremely efficient when it comes to cutting braid.

They cut braid like butter! I was surprised to find it cuts, trims, shears, bends, crimps and even remove hooks. The long nose ensure hook removal is a breeze.

Pros

The manufacturers decided to move away from the aluminum alloy that most other manufacturers use and went with 420HC Stainless Steel. The results? A blade that is corrosion resistance but still easy to sharpen. Remember you can always replace the blades once they wear out.

The dynaflex handle is extremely comfortable and designed for hours of prolonged use. A large soft grip keeps it firmly in your hands. And guess what? They are single-hand pliers.

The splizzors are great multitaskers- two crimpers for both large and small split shots, a bottle opener and a lanyard hole. They didn't forget to add a heavy-duty nylon sheath.

Buck offers a forever warranty which few companies seems to match. I really like the confidence they have in their products.

Cons

They might be a bit stiff when they first come out of the box but a little oil will help with that. Or adjusting the screws just a bit.


3. Boomerang Braid Snips

Icast 2016 dubbed the Boomerang Braid Snips "2016 best fishing accessory".

They don't look like pliers or even scissors so at first I didn't think they should be in this list. But wait till you try to cut fishing line with it.

The precision 420 stainless steel cutters worked on mono and braid beautifully with so much precision that there is no fraying.

I didn’t even have to put any tension on the line when using it.

Have you ever noticed the assortment of fishing gadgets hanging around the neck of pro fishermen. Chances are if you have then you will have spotted on of these little beauties. Hands down the best little tool for cutting braid.

What are its pros?

It has a 36" retractable cord that makes it ready for use 24/7. The chord is able to reach even the farthest places.

The unique squeeze design is great and it sure provides a firm grip even with wet or gloved hands. The boomerang is one of the few fishing fliers that has a locking mechanism that makes it a great single-hand plier.

It is compact enough to fit anywhere including your fishing trays and even your own shirt or trouser pockets. The light weight makes its storage and portability much easier compared to other fishing pliers.

If you are into your fishing tools then these are a must have accessory. ​

What makes it short of perfect?

I don't like that they are not as durable in salt water as they are in fresh water. The internal springs are not salt resistant.


4. P-Line Adaro Pliers - Best Aluminium Fishing Pliers

The P-line Adaro pliers remove hooks easily and also work like a charm on both mono and braid lines.

Sharpness and precision are near perfection.

They weigh 5.4 ounces which may make them unsuitable for heavy duty jobs that traditional steel pliers can do but they are perfect for fishing.

They are strong enough to cut through any braid easily. This model comes in four different colors –sliver, blue, red and gold.

What are its pros?

The one thing the manufacturers of this model really put effort in is durability. Its durability comes from the high strength corrosion proof aluminum. The jaws are also coated with a carbon steel tip and the line cutter is made from Tungsten Carbide.

The steel jaws are of course replaceable; no need to buy a new set of pliers when they wear out. And of course, even the best fishing pliers wear out. The quality make makes it suitable for both fresh water and salty water fishing. These are the best aluminum fishing pliers on the market if you are on a budget.

Pro tip: Rinsing the pliers off after using them in salty water will make them last longer.

The hinge has a built-in spring to provide easy opening and closing of jaws. This easily makes it a one-hand pliers.

I like the cordura pouch, nylon lanyard and holster (with a belt loop) that the fishing pliers come with.

Any cons?

The big handles are unusable for small handed people and furthermore, they are not rubber coated.


5. Manley Pro Pliers

I love how the Manley pliers come in four different colors - red, silver, gold and blue. All bright enough colors to spot them in a crowded tool box.

They look good but how well do they work? I think they are pretty good. The tungsten carbide makes them strong enough to handle cutting through thick lines.

The cutters have a small nose making it easy for you to remove small hooks.

This model has a unique side cutting mechanism instead of having to feed stuff into the jaws. Did you know you could even use them around the house and workbench? How handy is that?

What are the pros?

The grooves in the handle makes getting a firm, sturdy grip so easy. Forget about losing any more pliers overboard. The spring enables single-hand use so you don't have to use your both hands. These Manley pliers are not the lightest out there but they are relatively light making them easy to work with no strain.

They last long even exposed to alkaline water conditions because of the advanced surface coating. Its parts are made from aluminum and stainless steel. It works so efficiently because of the tungsten carbide cutters

Just like most shipping fliers you get a free sheath plus a lanyard and holster so that you can attach it to clothing or your belt.

Any downsides you need to know about?

Most people also don't like that the handles open up wider than most pliers around. The handles are also not non slip.


6. Piscifun Fishing Pliers

One of the coolest things the Piscifun fishing pliers have to offer is the widest variety of colors to choose from.

This makes it great when selecting it as a gift for some else; you can easily get them their favorite color.

However, they are not all beauty with no brawn. They work great on mono and braided line with a crisp, clean cut.

The split ring opener on the jaws makes replacing hooks a breeze.

What are its pros?

The materials they are made from are quality-from the machine-cut aluminum handles, the replaceable tungsten carbide cutters to the titanium coated stainless steel jaws. What this means is that they can handle both fresh water and salt water fishing. These pliers are significantly durable because they use aircraft grade aluminum that is anodized to keep corrosion at bay.

It is incredibly easy to use because of an ergonomic handle that is comfortable to use plus the aluminum makes the little gadget light enough (a little over 3 ounces) providing no strain. The split ring design provides easy removal from a lure or hook eye.

The manufacturers add in a belt loop clasp, a coil lanyard and a woven nylon sheath just to make your life a little (or a lot) easier. With this there is less risk of misplacing your pliers or having them drop into the water. The case has a quick release clip if you need to use it further than the cord reaches.

I love the 30-day money back guarantee they offer. What does this mean for you? There is no risk if you buy the product; you are allowed to return it if it doesn't work for you or suit your needs.

Any cons?

The tips are too large for smaller split rings. They should also consider having a Velcro locker that is attached upwards making it easier to put the pliers back in the sleeve and lock them.

They also do not recommend the pliers for big game fishing or cutting up metal things or else it won't last as last as long as it is supposed to.


7. Fishing Tree Pliers

The Fishing Tree SST Pliers largely resemble the fishing tree AL model.

The t6 heat treatments and cnc cutting is ideal for cutting light wires such as monofilament and nylon, and the toughest wires and any heavy duty crimping.

The cuts are impeccable and clean. The rugged jaw tips grab and hold fish perfectly meaning you don't have to waste money on a special grip.

The split ring tip is so tough and accurate that it even handles large size rings. If you are wondering about hook removal, this set of pliers work pretty okay when removing the hooks from the fish's mouth.

What are its pros?

It has an anodized covering that keeps rust at bay especially in those salty water environments. The fishing pliers work during both big game fishing and small time fishing which makes them all rounded.

The pliers are small and light which makes them great for kayaks. There is no extra weight to make your fishing bag heavier than it should be.

They have a new sleek design that looks very modern. The small finger indentations on the handles provide a firm grip and soft touch. Good thing is that whether you are small handed or large handed, the handles will suit you perfectly.

This set of fishing pliers comes with a sheath for easy and safe storage. The highly elastic lanyard with a caribiner adds a nice touch to it all.

I was a little over excited when I discovered they have a lifetime guarantee. This means no risk at all. They will refund or replace in case of any issues.

Any downsides?

The only downside is that it is a bit difficult to find these fishing pliers in the market. I had to run around a couple of stores before I found one that had what I needed.


8. Berkley Aluminium Pliers

The 7” Berkley Aluminium Fishing Pliers are a top quality piece of kit at very reasonable money.

The replaceable carbide blades are perfect for cutting through mono or braided line. Razor sharp straight out of the pack and the beauty of this style of blade is you can replace them when they get too dull to do the job.

There are a multitude of crimping setups on the jaws of the pliers - perfect for setting up jigs when at your favourite swim.

What are its pros?

The main body of the pliers is made from anodised aluminium and they have corrosion resistant stainless inserts. Just make sure to give them a wipe after each session to keep them in tip top condition.

They have an innovative quick-cut design that ensures the fishing line stays between the blades when you cut it off.​

Any downsides?

Nothing to report.


What materials are the pliers made from?

The design is good but be careful not to get a set of pliers that is all beauty with no brawn; pliers that look good but are a piece of junk. A set of pliers made from quality materials is both strong and durable. You especially need corrosion resistant materials because of the extremely humid conditions and salty water. Look for pliers that make use of stainless steel and non-corrosive alloys such as aluminum and titanium.

How’s the design?

I know what you are thinking, why is how it looks like a top priority? Because the design determines how easy and comfy it is to use. You need to look at the handles. Are they ergonomic enough? Can they provide a firm grip even with wet or gloved hands? Flat handles are excellent at sliding off your hands. What is the nose length? For larger, toothier fish, get the long nosed pliers and vice versa for small fish.

What can they do?

A great pair of pliers should handle tasks like cutting mono or braid, removing a stubborn hook as well as rigging lures, leaders and baits. Such pliers are perfect but they can also be very expensive. Many of the affordable pliers in the market perform some of these tasks better than others and so you should get a pair that does what you need best, for example if you mainly cut fishing lines get fishing pliers that can cut neat and clean.

What’s the price tag?

If you are a professional fisherman or angler investing in a quality expensive is no big deal. However, if you only fish once in a blue moon, why waste so much money and yet there are many relatively affordable models that can serve you well? If the pliers are versatile enough to use around the house, spend the money if you have it! If however you are on a tight budget, get a good set of fishing pliers with as few downsides as possible or downsides you can live with.

Accessories

Pliers with many accessories especially lanyards for attaching are very handy. These are what will keep your pliers from falling into the water. A split ring tool is also a bonus feature on some that is a lifesaver when it comes to changing or replacing treble hooks.

Parting Shot

The best fishing pliers for you is definitely a personal choice. When you take the myriad of features into account and the varying prices you could research all day and still end up with nothing. In this review we picked out choice of the best fishing pliers that we would use in an effort to help you make that all important decision.

If you wanted a great all rounder then go for the Buck Splizzors or if it's just a very handy line cutter then go for the Boomerang.

Whatever you decide to do. Pick one and get out there fishing...

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The Ultimate Saltwater Spinning Reels Buying Guide

Place a spinning reel on a table in front of a seasoned angler and I guarantee they will invariably scoop it up, feel it, turn it, listen to the click and adjust the drag. In essence fondle it like a little boy would maul over his beloved toy.

The longer they play with it the more they love it.

As long as I can remember I have used a spinning reel of some shape or form. Put simply this style of reel hangs off the underside of your rod with a fixed spool full of line. The line is held in position with a bail arm, that once opened releases the line down the length of the rod and out into the water to hook you some tasty fish...

If you are short on time then you can just check out our best saltwater spinning reels comparison table. The full reel reviews are further down the page.

Top 10 saltwater spinning reels

How do you spot a quality saltwater spinning reel?

It’s no secret that spinning reels are jewels of the sport but just how do you go about finding the best one? To get one that fits your needs to a tee, you will need to ask yourself a couple of important questions.

How sturdy is the build of the reel?

Reel bodies are mostly made of graphite or aluminum and at times both. Aluminum housing is the stronger of the two and exhibits less flex; however, graphite is lighter. Deciding whether weight or strength should take precedence depends on the fishing site. For saltwater fishing, graphite will be more viable seeing as it carries corrosion resistant qualities. That said, anodized aluminum can also handle salty water.

You should also keep an eye out on how solid the construction of the reel is. There should be no flimsy or loose parts. Every moving part should deliver a smooth performance as well as possess no back play whatsoever.

Albeit spinning reels tend to have an overabundance of parts in comparison to spin cast ones, go for one with fewer parts. Not only will it alleviate the likelihood of mechanical breakdown but also impose less strain on your wrists

Is bigger always better?

Determining the best saltwater spinning reel could come down to how big or small it is.

The size of the reel is contingent on the type of fish you’re targeting and how much line and backing you plan to use in fighting the fish. Large reels have a greater diameter spool meaning you will be able to roll in more line per crank of the reel. This proves quite handy when fighting fish that may need hundreds of yards of line.

Fish such as speckled trout require much less line in comparison to billfish or tarpon. Keep in mind the heavier the weight line the more reel capacity it takes up.

Does gear ratio really matter?

Unlike spin cast reels that are fitted with a rotating spool, the spool of a spinning reel is fixed such that a bail wraps the fishing line onto the spool as you turn the handle.

Gear ratio refers to the wide variety of times the bail rotates throughout the spool with a single turn of the reel handle.

A reel with a 4:1 gear ratio, the bail rotates around the spool four times for any unitary turn in the handle. The saving grace is that often that these reels provide more torque for reeling in large fish. A 6:1 ratio is what is considered to be excellent-speed retrieve. A superior low or medium speed retrieve should be dependent on the design of fishing you intend to do.

Which drag system works best?

There are two predominant drag mechanisms in today’s reels. First up is the click and pawl found in traditional reels. It’s simply a toothed gear that is slowed by a spring loaded clip. I would urge you to steer clear of such kind.

The best spinning reels have the disk drag system. Two or more disks are pressed together either by a spring or on their own accord (cork) creating friction and producing fish stopping power. The many variations of disk drag systems include:

Cork- it has very little start up inertia. Newton’s first law of motion educates us that objects at rest like to stay at rest whilst those moving prefer to stay moving. This means that the first moments of a fight have the greatest chance of breaking your tippets. Since cork compresses, the force it takes to get the drag going is lessened protecting the tippets from hard running fish.

As the fish runs the cork expands and pressure is quickly ramped up to fish stopping levels. It’s important to manually lubricate cork drags so sealed cork drags are a not an option. If not maintained cork will dry out and rot.

Then again if constantly compressed-if you crank down the drag and just leave it- the cork will eventually lose memory. Since the cork drags do not use a spring to create pressure loss of memory results in a reel with no drag.

Teflon drag - these drag systems are heralded because they can last a lifetime. An added perk is that they are self-lubricated. It’s possible to seal them so that they resist the harmful effects of silt and saltwater. Their start-up inertia is slightly higher than those of cork drags, though the difference is marginal.

Carbon Fiber, Graphite - very similar to Teflon but with the added benefit of dissipating heat quickly. The chances of it overheating and thus causing the reel to lose all drag are close to zero. The carbon fiber is usually matched with cork or other substrate such as stainless steel. A sealed drag avoids incursions from salt and silt and is imperative for those situations.

Penn Spinfisher V Spinning Reel

This classic black and gold spinning reel has proved up to the task of handling the rigors of saltwater like the best of them.

Its versatility has seen it be used in jigging, surf fishing as well as live bait fishing.

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Penn 1259871 Spinfisher V Spinning Fishing Reel, 4500

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Penn 1259871 Spinfisher V Spinning Fishing Reel, 4500

  • Spinfisher V Fishing Reel SSV4500, Boxed
  • Water Tight Design
  • Enhanced gear ratios on smaller sizes

What are its Features & Benefits?

The body of the reel is made from machined bar stock aluminum. This means the metal is literally carved by a machine into the shape of the reel. This allows better alignment of the gears even when carrying a heavy load such as trophy class fish.

Penn has invested in a stronger thicker oversized hardwearing aluminum bail wire. The result? It bears the weight of almost all types of fish no matter how big. An added perk is the friction trip ramp that averts casting the bail trip prematurely.

Using the reel is a walk in the park. It features an infinite anti-reverse drive that comes to the rescue when you are angling after a bonefish swimming at 20mph. The handles will stay stationary as the line is stripped away from the reel with no back play on the rotor.

Its ability to handle saltwater stems from its water tight design. Both its slammer drag system and gear box are sealed to keep saltwater at bay. The stainless steel shafts and bearings add to its allure in this regard.

Any Downside?

Nope - It's a Penn!

Okuma Trio High-Speed Spinning Reel

The durable aluminum and graphite arbor construction has seen this reel quickly win over the hearts of many. It boasts of a crossover design that never bends while all the while still being a lightweight. Then there’s the aluminum body that is marked for beauty and strength.

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Okuma Trio Standard Speed Spinning Reel (190yards/10)

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Okuma Trio Standard Speed Spinning Reel (190yards/10)

  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for reliability and quality
  • Used by professionals worldwide
  • Multi-disc, Japanese-oiled felt drag washers
  • DFD: Dual Force Drag system

What are its Features & Benefits?

The construction is very hardwearing and as such can survive being completely submerged in salty water. You will be surprised how much of a light weight this reel is even with the sturdy construction. An added bonus in the comfort derived from the rubber grips that allow you to effortlessly roll your line.

Any angler seasoned or not, ought to appreciate the spools multi-piece design which aids in making the most of the drag pressure while still offering an effortless cast and smooth return. Gone are the days where fishing would have you sweating profusely.

You will not have to fret over the reel spinning backward when you've caught a big one. It features an anti-reverse stainless steel ball bearing that makes certain there is no back play.

Any Downsides?

With all the attractive features it has, this reel falls short in the spool department. I would prefer to see a higher capacity spool that holds more line.

Daiwa STT4400H Saltist Salt Water Spinning Reel

Well as the name depicts, this reel is capable of holding its own in the saltiest of conditions. What else would you expect with its rugged construction and sealed water proof drag system?


Daiwa STT4000H Saltist Salt Water Spinning Reel

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Daiwa STT4000H Saltist Salt Water Spinning Reel

  • Made using the highest quality components
  • Used by professional fishermen worldwide
  • Tested for durability and quality
  • Precision machined, aircraft-grade aluminum spool for maximum casting performance and strength
  • Dual-system Infinite Anti-Reverse

What are its Features & Benefits?

Daiwa has not only offered protection to the outer frame from corrosive saltwater but the inner bearings as well. How you ask? The bearings are made from specially treated stainless steel. This has seen these bearings handle saltwater up to 12 times better in comparison to untreated stainless steel ones.

To reduce the logistical nightmare of many moving parts, Daiwa opted for a manual bail trip. This, in turn, increased the lifespan of the reel seeing as it’s stronger. Durability has also been achieved by the high-grade materials used in assembling the gearing system.

I kid you not; the energy transfer from the handle to the rotor is seamless.

The dual full-time anti-reverse feature doesn't hurt either. You will be able to fight most fishes without worrying over spiraling backwards.

Any downside?

Might be a bit light for really big fish

Shimamo Thunnus C14 Spinning Reel

Any angler in search of a reel capable of handling the load big fish dish out look no further. Shimano saltwater spinning reels have always been top quality and the Shimano Thunnus is no exception. This reel can bear the weight of the heaviest fish without snapping or flexing. It does well as a surf fishing reel.

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SHIMANO Thunnus 6000 CI4 Offshore Saltwater Spinning Reel

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SHIMANO Thunnus 6000 CI4 Offshore Saltwater Spinning Reel

  • The Thunnus C14 spinning reel utilizes Shimano's signature S-Concept design that provides a smoother, more silent and strong performance
  • Constructed of C14 Carbon Fiber that is 20% stronger than graphite, is impervious to rust, and provides a lightweight design that has the power to stop big fish
  • Equipped with a Propulsion Line Management System that provides longer casting distances while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming
  • Built in Varispeed technology provides consistent spool speeds while Dyna-Balance eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counter-balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness
  • Max Drag: 20 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 4.8:1. / Weight: 18 oz. / Line Retrieve: 35" / Bearings: 6BB + 1RB - PowerPro Line Cap: 30/245, 50/210, 65/130 - Mono Line Cap: 10/300, 12/265, 16/170, 20/120

What are its Features & Benefits?

It’s housed in an aluminum body that ensures your gears are always properly lined up when angling. As a result reeling in the fish will be a piece of cake. The all metal construction also speaks to its strength and durability. This is an added plus for saltwater excursions.

If you’re hoping to fish for carp you will be pleased to know that Shimano features a bait runner system. This an additional drag system that allow a fish to take the bait, run with it to permit it to swallow enough then get a good hook set. It’s adored because it allows you to fish with an adjustable tension free spool with a closed bail.

Any Downside?

This reel may feel a bit heavier that similar models but the quality makes up for it.

Abu Garcia Orra Power Finesse Spinning Reel ORRA2PF35

I bet you’re wondering whether it delivers power and finesse like it claims. It’s not only lightweight but also highly efficient in performance and all this is at a bargain basement price.


Abu Garcia Orra Power Finesse Spin

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Abu Garcia Orra Power Finesse Spin

  • Silver in color
  • Gear Ratio: 5.8:1
  • Right/Left handed

What are its Features & Benefits?

The reels body is outfitted with aluminum and reinforced with a C6 carbon. The result? It is one of the most hardwearing long-lasting reels you can buy for the price it retails at. The carbon reinforcement also makes it’s a lightweight for easier casting.

It features a Rocket Line Management system that will prevent your fishing lines from tangling and also offer better control of the lines when they are submerged in the water. The carbon matrix hybrid drag system holds up quite well by offering a smooth cast and reel.

The 5.8:1 gearbox is an extremely useful touch. It permits you to retrieve your cast in a matter of seconds. The fish will have no time to detangle itself.

Any Downside?

Nothing to report

Shimano Sedona FD Spinning Reel

This particular Sedona was specifically manufactured with easier casting in mind. It prides itself on a technology referred to as The Propulsion Line management System which I must say is very handy.


Shimano Sedona 4000 FD

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Shimano Sedona 4000 FD

  • Propulsion line management system: Propulsion spool Lip, Power Roller III, S-Arm Cam
  • Redesigned Bail Trip (500 size only)
  • Varispeed oscillation (slow oscillation on 500 size)
  • Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Lightweight Graphite Frame Sideplate, & Rotor

What are its Features & Benefits?

I hope you agree that easier line control is a pretty huge win for any reel. In that regard the reel has a fluid drive; Dyna balanced rotor gear systems as well as power roller which offer incredible control in putting the line back on the reel.

Have you ever been in situations where a long cast is required to reach a larger fish and your best short just falls inches short? This will be a thing of the past with the Sedona spool lip that gives you those few extra yards you require.

The FD stands for front drag. This will build upon its Propulsion Line Management system to offer you smooth and easy reeling. Any novice fisherman will appreciate these features.

It is able to brave the salt water condition with its 4 shielded stainless steel bearings. The shields will minimize the grit and salt that may potentially sneak in to damage the bearings. It accords the reel durability by being rust resistant.

Any Downsides?

This lightweight is not great at handling bigger sized fish. The ten 10 pound mono test is the best top model this reel can hold.

Shimamo Stella SWB Spinning Reels

If you want to know the ability of a reel put it to the test with big game fish. Only the best of them will not end up in pieces. Shimamo Stella SWB is one such reel that was engineered to be tough battle ready and functional.


Shimano Stella SW STL8000SWBHG Spinning Fishing Reel, Gear Ratio: 5.6:1

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Shimano Stella SW STL8000SWBHG Spinning Fishing Reel, Gear Ratio: 5.6:1

  • GEAR RATIO - 5.6:1; WEIGHT - 23.8 oz
  • LINE RETRIEVE - 42; MAX DRAG - 62
  • MONO LINE CAPACITY - 12/345, 16/250, 20/185; PowerPRO LINE CAPACITY - 40/340, 50/265, 65/215
  • BEARINGS - 14+1
  • REEL HANDLE POSITION - Right/Left

What are its Features & Benefits?

The body is made from High Rigidity Aluminum that enables it to hold up well when handling large sized fish. The bigger the fish, the higher the jump, the faster it swims the more Stella likes it. The sturdy construction also prevents the reel from twisting or warping.

It also boasts of X rigid rotor a one piece titanium bail aim wire and a Diamond like Carbon bail roller. All of these work n harmony to offer accuracy and efficiency when casting heavy and high resistance lures like stick baits metal jigs and poppers for long distances.

No need to fret over damage on your reel when angling in salty water. Shimamo SWB has invested in X-protect gasket and rubber seals as well as X-shield that ward off saltwater intrusion.

Any Downside?

This may not be a deal breaker for some but it doesn’t hurt to say it. Shimamo is a bit pricey compared to the others.

Abu Garcia Revo Inshore

This reel has been masterfully crafted to handle the abuse of salty water and big fish alike. It comes in sizes 60, 40, 35 and 30 which goes to show it’s built for inshore casting as well as surf. The 60 is strengthened with X Craftic alloy frame in addition to the C6 Carbon body that cases the 30 and 35.

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Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Spinning

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Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Spinning

  • 6 stainless steel hpcr Bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased Corrosion Protection
  • Amgearing System provides precision Machined gears for unparalleled smoothness and durability
  • Computer optimized gear design allows for the most efficient gear System
  • Carbon matrix drag System provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • C6 carbon rotor provides significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength or durability (30-40 size)

What are its Features & Benefits?

The spool is machined from aluminum making it suitable for controlling braided line which is what any inshore saltwater angler is hoping for. The smooth carbon matrix system is an added perk.

The rocket line management system outfitted on the spool is no joke. You will be able to cast further with no extra force required and at an increased speed. It has seen enabled me to cast average sized lures a mile away.

The ergonomically designed oversized handle allows you to firm up your grip. This is especially important when fighting with large sized fish. The drag system is very smooth even when handling a large sized bonefish like palometa.

Any Downside?

This reel has left a lot of room for improvement when it comes to its bail. More often than not it fails to close properly and makes an annoying clicking sound when reeling in fish.

Penn Conflict Spinning Reel CFT2500

This is a mid range reel suitable for saltwater fishing. It’s all black finish striking look, reasonable price and silky smooth drag are a few of the reasons it’s adored by many anglers.


Penn Conflict 2500 Spinning Reel

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Penn Conflict 2500 Spinning Reel

  • Saltwater spinning reel delivers powerful performance ideal for inshore technical angling
  • Full metal body and Techno-Balanced rotor provide superior leverage and torque
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag system provides powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness
  • Fluid cranking with 7 sealed stainless steel ball bearings and instant anti-reverse bearing
  • Superline spool requires no backing, is braid ready, and has line capacity rings marked at 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity

What are its Features & Benefits?

Any frugal angler looking for a light tackle reel that can cast far, Penn conflict will suffice. Its techno balanced rotor will ensure a smooth retrieve every time whilst the full metal body construction caters for its gear alignment even when faced with severe conditions.

The stainless steel ball bearings, infinite reverse bearing as well as strong smooth drag will come in handy when fighting fishing in saltwater. It will not only be protected from grit and salt but you will have no back play when dealing with powerful fish. Its rotor is made by sturdy graphite that is wear and corrosive resistant.

Any Downsides?

This lightweight reel is not up to the task of bearing the weight of large sized fish.

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel

Are you beginning to connect the dots with Penn spinning reels? This is deemed to be a younger more affordable version of the conflict. It boasts features such as a techno balanced rotor braided superline spools and sealed bearings.

The Penn ​Battle ll is one of the best saltwater spinning reels for the money and should definitely be on your list when you are looking for a new reel.

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Penn 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel

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Penn 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel

  • Battle II Spinning Reel 5000
  • Superline Spool
  • Line Capacity Rings

What are its Features & Benefits?

The reel has HT-1oo Vera-drag washer equipped into the spool allowing both sides of each drag washer to be utilized. The result? The drags will have more range with smoother start ups. For longevity, they are greased with Penn's proprietary grease.

The reel has invested in a screw handle. I personally favor this over the pin type that will have you inserting into the reel and screwing it down with a retaining cap on the side of the body. This one feels very solid when turning the handle and with very little play.

The sealed bearings are no sales gimmick. They actually prevent saltwater from entering and damaging the reel.

Any Downside?

The alignment of the line on the spool is a bit wanting. Albeit the manufacturers have offered two extra washers to cater for this, it would do as good if they fixed them in the first place.


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That's it for this review of the best saltwater spinning reels available today. Have you a go-to reel you can't live without?

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Tight Lines.​