2021 Saltwater Spinning Reels PREVIEW (New, Updated & Discontinued)


2021 is just around the corner and that means new fishing reels are coming!

It also means some reels are getting upgraded, while others (even some popular ones!) are getting discontinued.

So will your favorite reel still be here next year?

Or will you find a new favorite?

There are a lot of questions and uncertainties surrounding the upcoming reels, so I brought the man behind the Salt Strong tackle shop, Mark Goodson, with me on the podcast here.

He knows more about tackle than any other person I’ve met, and today, he’s giving us a sneak preview of the upcoming fishing reel changes.

The big reel companies have been listening to us and are shaking things up a lot with their 2021 releases.

We’re covering all of it here, including:

  • Why the Ci4+ will be discontinued (and what will take its place)
  • Which brand makes the smoothest reels
  • What updates Shimano, Daiwa, Penn, and Quantum are making
  • Which reels get returned the most
  • Which brands give you the most bang for your buck
  • And much more

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I recommend since Mark does a few demonstrations), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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2021 Spinning Reels [VIDEO]

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2021 Spinning Reels [PODCAST]

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Below is a timestamped table of contents for the podcast:

Shimano Updates

3:40 – Upcoming changes

4:57 – Shimano Vanford vs. Ci4+

10:13 – Stradic FL

11:40 – Stradic vs. Vanford

Diawa Updates

13:58 – Why Diawa makes the best bearing-concealment system

15:03 – MAGSEAL demonstration (and why it’s so important)

20:00 – Upcoming Daiwa name and model changes

22:42 – New Daiwa BG MQ

24:47 – More new Daiwa reels

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Penn Updates

29:28 – Upcoming Penn changes

31:34 – Penn Battle updates

Quantum Updates

36:11 – Upcoming Quantum changes

38:04 – The impressive Quantum warranty

40:52 – Quantum Smoke vs. Shimano Stradic

42:34 – Quantum’s two most popular reels

Quantum Bail Trip Test [VIDEO]

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General Reel Tips

26:54 – Why the amount of bearings is important

44:41 – Which reels get returned the most (and why)

47:00 – Biggest angler mistakes that can ruin reels


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Lots of new and exciting changes coming to the reel industry!

Some of the new reels are already on their way (like the Shimano Vanford) so be sure to keep an eye on FishStrong.com for more new reels.

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Now I love talking fishing reels with Mark and we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about these types of episodes, so here’s my question to you: what do you want to see next?

Do you want to learn about high-end reels, low-end reels, best reels for kids or newbies, or something else?

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1 year ago

Very informative. I’m looking forward to watching other videos. Still trying to decide which rod and reel combo to use. I like the Battle 3 but not sure if I should purchase a 3000 or 4000? What do you suggest? I’ll take other rod and reel combo recommendations as well. I’m from South Texas and fish in Laguna Madre, South Padre Island, Arroyo Colorado and Port Mansfield rarely from a boat but enjoy fishing off the piers, banks and jetties.

1 year ago

Trying to decide between the 5K Vanford or a similar sized BG MQ. I’ll be inshore tossing artificials but occasionally using live bait. Any suggestions? Already have a Ci4 3K and a Stradic FL 4K. Wanted something a little larger but lighter.

Garret Boswell
1 year ago

So with these new light weight style of reels like the new vanford. I have only seen them flex when people will get snagged and they will tighten the drag all the way down and pull straight back on their rods to snap the leader line. I see people do this a lot. Would you guys say this is bad for the reels and if so what would be the most appropriate action for that situation?

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Garret Boswell

When in need of breaking off on a snag, it’s best to manually hold onto the spool and then pull back against the snag with the rod pointed right at it until the line breaks (it’ll pretty much always break at either the hook/lure or at the line to line knot so you’ll at least recover all of your mainline.

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

Do you think the Saltist is worth the extra $50 over the Fuego?

Justin Ritchey
2 years ago

Great question! Are you talking about the Regular Saltist or the Saltist Back Bay? Both are around $200-$220, which is a lot more than the Fuego. Basically, the difference between the two is that the Regular Saltist offers MagSeal at both the AR Clutch and at the Roller Bearing. The Regular Saltist also offers CRBB (Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings) throughout its design. If you were interested in jumping up from the Fuego, I would consider the Procyon AL as the next step up. But if the Saltist Series appeals to you, I’d go with the Saltist Back Bay. It has the same Ratio, Drag and MagSeal throughout the body as the Regular Saltist, but it’s a smaller compact body (making it a better option for Inshore scenarios throughout the Southeast). Hope that helps, Richard!

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

I would have watched this 1 hour video, but I am sure it would not have given me a reason to give up my 2500 and 3000 Daiwa Fuego’s for in shore fishing.

Ron Whetstone
2 years ago

What is your recommendation for a 5000 size reel that will go on a 7’6″ Redbone Heavy fast action rod. This will be a multi purpose outfit for big tarpon, fishing snook around docks and fenders. Also will use it for sight fishing cobia in east central Florida. I want to put 30# to 40# braid on it. I bought a BG 4500 for it but it is just a little to big and I dont like the fact that the handle does not fold down. So I am going to move that reel to an offshore rod. I would like to keep the price around $100 and I prefer a work horse that will last over a sports car that needs to be babied. Thank you

Jeffrey Honeycutt
2 years ago
Thom Ray
2 years ago

Let’s do a podcast / reel reviews for Inshore Baitcasters. When to use. what models. I’d suggest you talk to Bill DeWeese as he’s done some research and experimentation, ans has a nice selection foe inshore saltwater fishing.

Thom Ray
2 years ago

Great podcast I listened in the car on the way to my fishing spot. Follow up on reel discussions. Florida Fiahing Products review. I’ve become very fond of them. The Saltwater Series for live and cut bait. The Osprey Carbon Edition (CE) for artificials. Terrific customer service. Easy to send in for reel maintenance and repairs. Quicker turnaround than many tackle shops.

Stan Mitchell
2 years ago

Great stuff Joe,Mark I learned a lot from you both on this podcast. I’ve always been a Shimano man the downside is they are so expensive but I absolutely love and trust them day in and day out.


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