What Spinning Reel Size Is Best For Saltwater Fishing?
Are you wondering what spinning reel size is best for saltwater fishing?
Well, this post will shed some light on this important question based on many years of testing our various-sized reels from multiple brands.
Most importantly, this lesson will make sure that you don’t fall into a money pit reel that has worse performance than less expensive options based on the type of fishing that you’ll be doing (finesse vs. power).
Make sure to watch the video below to see/hear the details.
Best Spinning Reel Size For Saltwater Fishing
Spinning Reel Specs
The best way to evaluate spinning reels by class is to look at their respective line capacity specs because the overall 2500, 3000, etc. ratings are not consistently applied.
Here are the core specs from the reels that have been my top choice for finesse and power situations.
Finesse Reel Specs (Fuego 2500)
The Fuego 2500-XH has been the best overall value reel that I have tested so far for using 5 lb to 15 lb braid as my mainline.
This reel has risen to the top because it feels/performs like many $200+ reels while having a price point of just under $110.
Fuego 2500-HX Specs
- Line Capacity: 10 lb braid = 250 yards, 15 lbs = 185 yards
- Weight: 7.2 oz
- Inches Per Turn: 34.5 inches
- Drag Capacity: 22 lbs
- Body: Composite
Power Reel Specs (BG MQ 3000)
The BG MQ 3000 has been the best overall value reel that I have tested so far for using 20 to 30-lb braid as my mainline.
This reel has risen to the top because it feels/performs like $250+ reels while having a price point of $199.99.
BG MQ 3000 Specs
Here are the specs
- Line Capacity: 20 lb braid = 220 yards
- Weight: 9.3 oz
- Inches Per Turn: 36.8 inches
- Drag Capacity: 22 lbs
- Body: Aluminum
The biggest mistake most saltwater fishermen make is to use reels that are bigger than needed, so hopefully, this video helped explain when it’s helpful to lighten up so that you have optimal performance for the more open water inshore fishing situations.
Please make sure to let us know which reels you’ve found to have the best (or worst) performance for saltwater fishing.
Just use the Comment feed below to share your thoughts or to post any questions that you may have after watching the video above.
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