Kast King Sharky III Review: Top Pros & Cons


In the market for a new reel?

I’ve been using the Kast King Sharky III on some kayak fishing trips recently and have been enjoying it.

It’s inexpensive, hardy (still really smooth despite several kayak trips) and has a strong drag system.

Check out the video below for the full review.


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Reel Review: Kast King Sharky III [VIDEO]

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Check out the Kast King Sharky III on Amazon here.


If you’re in the market for a hardy, inexpensive reel, you may want to check out the Kast King Sharky III.

Have you used this reel?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments below!

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5 days ago

I have a 3000 size KK SharkyIII and a SharkyIII bait feeder, I find the reels to be terrific, I have caught Reds, Snook, Trout, and massive size Sheephead. Awesome reel, it is a bit slow in the retrieve, but I have adjusted well to that. I’ve had it for about 3 years and it is still going strong I will recommend this reel to anyone who enjoys fishing.

Dave Otte
10 months ago

Hi Tony, how has this reel held up over a year? Would the 3000 be good for bass fishing with 20 lb braid? I’m thinking about getting one for that, I don’t do it much.

Michael Teahan
1 year ago

have the Sharky 3 gold 1000 and just ordered another one great tough reels. holds plenty of 15lb braid. I fish from a paddle board for snook, tarpon etc. The staff at Kast King are always very helpful if you give them a call.

John Martin
1 year ago

Being a Canadian thanks for the good wood do an inexpensive reel. Look for inexpensive rods now
Best Regards always

1 year ago

please tell me a best 8 feet salt water fishing rod for sharky iii

Jesse Coffman
2 years ago

I’M glad you review this reel . I have check them out on Amazon myself but I wasn’t sure about it , this was a big help. Thank you

Jerry Eiserman
2 years ago

Might be good for inshore but don’t even think about using one of the bigger ones for surf fishing. They hate the sand and are impossible to take apart to get clean. I had the Sharky II 6000. Penn Persuit’s are my economic choice.

Alan Whitworth
2 years ago

Tony, glad to see the evaluation summary on the KastKing reel. I sounds like the handle was the likely durability issue. The performance issue was the 5.2 ratio vs the 6 or 7 ratio reels. At $55 this reel sounds like a pretty good deal. I presume that the handle can be replaced in the future but the ratio will never improve. In the video, the redfish did run back at you and you were able to keep up with its run. maybe a 5.2 ratio isn’t that bad.

Alan Whitworth
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

I understand and appreciate your valued opinion. I will look for reels with a 6 or higher retrieve ratio.


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