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The Best Spinning Reels under $100

KastKing Valiant Eagle

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KastKing Valiant Eagle

Just as the Bald Eagle is a symbol of American freedom and strength, the new Valiant Eagle spinning reel is a symbol of quality, innovation, and affordability for KastKing. New among KastKing Spinning Reels the introduction of this feature-rich fishing reel is sure to please anglers from coast to coast for freshwater and saltwater fishing.

Valiant Eagle uses a combination of long fiber carbon material in the frame for strength and durability and short fiber carbon in the rotor for weight reduction. The combination of these two materials creates spinning reels that are Eagle strong and will soar above the competition.

The Valiant Eagle is fast! A gear ration of 6.2:1 will quickly catch up to fish making a dash towards your boat. You’ll pick up excess line quickly to make a second cast when time is critical. Strength and consistent performance are never compromised because of the KastKing patent-pending E.P.S. (Expanded Pinion System) and long-life durability through the unique KastKing Sliding Stabilizer Rod (S.S.R.)

KastKing uses a total of 11 (10+1) stainless steel ball bearings for outstanding smooth operation and consistent performance. The spool is CNC machined from aircraft aluminum and anodized for appearance and high performance. It also features KastKing’s Patent Pending line management system for consistently long casts. This is the perfect reel for both fresh and saltwater applications.The aluminum spool features a sealed carbon drag system that is waterproof and keeps the carbon drag washers dry to deliver consistent, smooth and powerful drag pressure to handle strong fish.KastKing knows that a comfortable handle is a vital component in great spinning reels. We’ve included a tough aluminum handle with a lightweight EVA handle knob that is super comfortable even after hours on the water and gives the angler the extra leverage that is required to have complete control for fighting and landing fish in all weather conditions.

KastKing Valiant Eagle Features

  • 6.2:1 fast ration
  • Carbon fiber rotor
  • Carbon fiber body
  • Braid ready spool
  • Sealed carbon fiber drag
  • 10+1 sealed bearing
  • Price Range $70-76
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KastKing Valiant Eagle

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Pros

Cons

• Made in the United States

• Only 4 sizes

• Light weight

• Problems have been reported with the anti-reverse switch

• No rust all carbon fiber

• Line Management

Price is very resonable

• Line capacity is low for stated reel size

Model

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Weight

1000

10+1

165/15 85/20 65/30

6.2:1

17.6

8.3

2000

10+1

240/15 125/20 100/30

6.2:1

17.6

8.4

3000

10+1

185/20 150/30 115/40

6.2:1

22

9.6

4000

10+1

300/20 240/30 180/40

6.2:1

22

9.8

KastKing Sharky III

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The third time is the charm for our New for 2018 Sharky III Spinning Reel. With the successful yet valuable experience we accumulated with the first two generations of Sharky, we upgraded the Sharky fishing reel series to the next level. Now the outstanding KastKing Sharky III is the real versatile warrior that can handle any monster from the river to the ocean.

The all NEW KastKing Sharky III spinning fishing reel is now lighter, smoother, and stronger! This KastKing Sharky III spinning reel with its amazing high-efficiency triple disc carbon fiber drag to 39.5 lbs, 10+1 shielded stainless steel bearings, braid fishing line ready aluminum spool, precision manganese brass alloy gear, fiber-reinforced body, and an oversized stainless steel main shaft creates a perfect spinning rod and reel combo in sizes 1000 – 5000 that provides brute force for fighting larger game fish.

KastKing’s new shark fin vented, braid-ready aluminum pool allows you to eliminate backing line, and spool up entirely with braid line providing more line capacity for the fishing battle with the big one. The 10 double-shielded superior quality stainless steel shielded ball bearings in every Sharky III provide buttery smooth performance for effortless fishing.

KastKing fishing tackle engineering combines efficiency, sensitivity, and ways to save you money. KastKing keeps fishing fun…by keeping it affordable.

KastKing Sharky III Features

  • high percentage fiber-reinforced graphite body and rotor
  • Reliable triple disc carbon fiber drag
  • oversized stainless-steel main shaft
  • manganese brass pinion gears
  • KastKing Intrusion Shield System
  • 10 + 1 high quality, saltwater rated double-shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Price Range $54-66
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KastKing Sharky III

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Pros

Cons

• Made in the United States

• Only 5 sizes

• Light weight

• Line Management

• No rust all carbon fiber

• Line capacity is low for stated reel size

Price is very resonable

 

Model

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Weight

1000

10+1

20/180 30/95 40/75

5.2:1

33.0

27.8

7.4

2000

10+1

20/200 30/105 40/85

5.2:1

33.0

27.8

9.1

3000

10+1

30/120 40/100 50/85

5.2:1

33.0

29.7

9.2

4000

10+1

40/140 50/120 65/80

5.2:1

39.5

31.8

10.2

5000

10+1

50/140 65/90 80/75

5.2:1

39.5

31.8

10.6

Okuma Inspira

The Best Spinning Reels under $100 7Okuma INSPIRA spinning reels features the torsion control armor design and constructed of C-40X carbon make the reels extremely rigid and lightweight, also reduce twist and torque, and keep all internal parts perfectly aligned for freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing.

Okuma Inspira Features

  • Lightweight C-40X carbon frame and side plates
  • 8BB + 1RB stainless steel bearings
  • Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
  • Precision machine-cut brass pinion gear
  • Rigid, forged aluminum, anodized handle
  • Lightweight, EVA handle knobs for comfort
  • Precision Elliptical Gearing system
  • Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool
  • Heavy-duty, solid aluminum bail wire
  • CFR: Cyclonic Flow Rotor
  • Carbon fiber drag
  • Price Range $69-105
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Okuma Inspira

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      Pros

      Cons

• Price

Only 3 sizes

• Cyclonic Flow Technology forces water away from rotor

• No Seals

• C-40X Carbon Fiber Technology


•Smooth carbon fiber drag

• Very Lightweight

Model

Bearings

Braid Yds/Lb

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Color

Weight

20

8BB+1RB

10/175

5.0:1

7

24

Red

6.4

30

8BB+1RB

20/237

5.0:1

13

27

Red

7.5

40

8BB+1RB

20/307

5.0:1

13

30

Red

9.5

20

8BB+1RB

10/175

5.0:1

7

24

Blue

6.4

30

8BB+1RB

20/237

5.0:1

13

27

Blue

7.5

40

8BB+1RB

20/307

5.0:1

13

30

Blue

9.5

Penn Wrath

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The PENN® Wrath™ was built around legendary PENN durability. Featuring a lightweight and corrosion-resistant graphite body with a machined and anodized aluminum spool, these reels will give you the confidence you need when targeting large fish. The 2 shielded stainless steel bearings and instant anti-reverse give a smooth and reliable gear feel. Available in sizes 2500 to 8000.

Penn Wrath Features

  • Lightweight and corrosion-resistant graphite body
  • 2 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant anti-reverse bearing
  • Machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • Line capacity rings
  • Price range $40-60

 

 

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Penn Wrath

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      Pros

      Cons

• Light weight

• Loose handle

• Corrosion-resistant material

• No Seals

• Anodized aluminum spool


• Instant anti-reverse bearing

• Stainless steel ball bearings 

Model

Anti-Reverse

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Color

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Spool​​ 

Weight

2500C

Instant Anti-Reverse

3

240/10 220/15 160/20

Black/Blue

Oil Felt

6.2:1

10lb

33"

AL

10.5 oz

3000C

Instant Anti-Reverse

3

250/15 180/20 130/30

Black/Blue

Oil Felt

6.2:1

12lb

35"

AL

12.2 oz

4000C

Instant Anti-Reverse

3

360/15 260/20 185/30

Black/Blue

Oil Felt

6.2:1

15lb

37"

AL

12.7 oz

5000C

Instant Anti-Reverse

3

420/20 300/30 240/40

Black/Blue

Oil Felt

5.6:1

20lb

36"

AL

21 oz

6000C

Instant Anti-Reverse

3

490/30 390/40 335/50

Black/Blue

Oil Felt

5.6:1

20lb

41"

AL

22.8 oz

8000C

Instant Anti-Reverse

3

475/50 390/65 345/80

Black/Blue

Oil Felt

5.3:1

25lb

44"

AL

30.5 oz

Penn Pursuit III

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Penn Pursuit III

The PENN Pursuit III features durable construction and the smooth gear system anglers expect from PENN. This reel features an ultra-lightweight, corrosion-resistant graphite body and powerful HT-100 drag system making the Pursuit III a great value for the money for saltwater anglers. Available in six sizes from 2500 to 8000, the Pursuit III has a reel for most fisheries. The Instant Anti-Reverse eliminates even the slightest rotor back play for instant hook-ups every time, while the 4 shielded stainless steel ball bearings provide smooth retrieves.

Penn Pursuit III Features

  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • Lightweight and corrosion-resistant graphite body
  • 4+1 stainless steel bearing system
  • machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • Superline Spool
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Price Range $45-75
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      Pros

      Cons

• Durable

• No Seals

• Saltwater safe

• Noise drag

• HT-100 Carbon fiber drag


• Shielded stainless steel bearings

• Braid ready spool

•  Line Capacity Rings

Model

Anti-Reverse

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Color

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Spool​​ 

Weight

2500

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

240/10 220/15 160/20

Black/Silver

HT-100

6.2:1

10lb

33"

AL

9.8 oz

3000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

250/15 180/20 130/30

Black/Silver

HT-100

6.2:1

12lb

35"

AL

11.8 oz

4000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

360/15 260/20 185/30

Black/Silver

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

37"

AL

12.4 oz

5000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

420/20 300/30 240/40

Black/Silver

HT-100

5.6:1

20lb

36"

AL

19.7 oz

6000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

490/30 390/40 335/50

Black/Silver

HT-100

5.6:1

20lb

41"

AL

21.4 oz

8000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

475/50 390/65 345/80

Black/Silver

HT-100

5.3:1

25lb

43"

AL

29.1 oz

Penn Fierce III

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Penn Fierce III

The PENN® Fierce® III spinning reels are available in a range of sizes, from 1000 to 8000. Featuring a full metal body and side plate, along with PENN HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers, the Fierce III can handle anything inshore or nearshore. A 4+1 shielded stainless steel ball-bearing system ensures smooth retrieves while the heavy-duty aluminum bail wire and superline spool allow for easy line management.

Penn Fierce III Features

  • Full metal body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads
  • Techno-Balanced™ rotor gives smooth retrieves
  • 4 stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant anti-reverse bearing
  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • Superline spool
  • Line capacity rings
  • Price Range $70-110
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Penn Fierce III

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      Pros

      Cons

• Aluminum body

• No Seals

• Saltwater safe

• HT-100 Carbon fiber drag


• Shielded stainless steel bearings

• Braid ready spool

Line Capacity Rings

Model

Anti-Reverse

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Color

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Spool​​ 

Weight

1000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

160/6 130/8 110/10

Black/Red

HT-100

5.2:1

9lb

22"

AL

7.8 oz

2000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

210/8 180/10 165/15

Black/Red

HT-100

6.2:1

10lb

30"

AL

9.5 oz

2500

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

240/10 220/15 160/20

Black/Red

HT-100

6.2:1

12lb

33"

AL

9.9 oz

3000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

250/15 180/20 130/30

Black/Red

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

35"

AL

11.8 oz

4000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

360/15 260/20 185/30

Black/Red

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

37"

AL

12.5 oz

5000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

420/20 300/30 240/40

Black/Red

HT-100

5.6:1

25lb

36"

AL

19.6 oz

6000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

490/30 390/40 335/50

Black/Red

HT-100

5.6:1

25lb

41"

AL

21.7 oz

8000

Instant Anti-Reverse

5

475/50 390/65 345/80

Black/Red

HT-100

5.3:1

30lb

44"

AL

28.7 oz