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UN­DER $100 A PENN GEN­ERAL PUR­POSE LEVEL WIND

At just un­der $100 CDN, Penn’s Gen­eral Pur­pose Level Wind reel won’t break the bank while still of­fer­ing great value with easy han­dling and the abil­ity to land your catch quickly and smoothly. A closer look at its clas­sic de­sign will re­veal a ma­chined, an­odized alu­minum spool with a max­i­mum line ca­pac­ity of 350/20, al­low­ing plenty of strength on the spool to han­dle ac­tive, re­lent­less fights. Fur­ther dura­bil­ity is pro­vided by the ma­chine-cut brass main gear, a pre­ci­sion- ma­chined stain­less steel pin­ion gear and HT-100 drag wash­ers. It also has a stain­less steel level wind sys­tem as well as a counter-balanced han­dle with over­sized pad­dle knobs. Five mod­els are avail­able that weigh from 13, 19 and 23 oz. and have gear ra­tios from 2.8:1 to 3.4:1. Ad­di­tion­ally, line re­trieve ranges from 16 to 20 IPT and the max­i­mum drag pres­sure is 15 lbs. Price: $59.99 to 69.99 USD www.pen­n­fish­ing.com

UN­DER $200 B OKUMA COLD WA­TER LOW PRO LINE COUNTER REEL

With its abil­ity to an ar­ray of large species, this counter reel com­bines many fea­tures to han­dle the big fish – and the in­evitable big fights. It’s con­structed of a diecast, alu­minum frame and han­dle side plate for max­i­mum dura­bil­ity while the ma­chined alu­minum, two-tone an­odized, high-ca­pac­ity spool means fur­ther tough­ness and the fact that you can re­ally load up your spool. Two other ideal fea­tures in­clude the hefty multi-disc, car­bonite drag sys­tem that has been di­aled in to de­liver up to an im­pres­sive 25-pounds of pres­sure, as well over­sized, ma­chined-cut XL drive and pin­ion gears. Four mod­els are avail­able in right- and left-hand re­trieves and have gear ra­tios of 5.4:1. The reels also have 3+1 bear­ing sys­tems and a line re­trieve rang­ing from 26.1 to 46 IPT. Price: $159.00 to $189.00 USD www.oku­mafishin­gusa.com

C ABU GARCIA AM­BAS­SADEUR LINE COUNTER

A true trolling reel that’ll keep you up to speed, the long-stand­ing Am­bas­sadeur comes equipped with an alu­minum spool, two stain­less steel ball bear­ings plus a cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant-in­stant anti-re­verse bear­ing to en­sure solid hook sets. Abu Garcia even in­cluded its proven Car­bon Ma­trix drag sys­tem for re­li­able stop­ping power with its max­i­mum drag of 15 pounds. Two mod­els are avail­able and there’s a choice of line ca­pac­i­ties rang­ing from 205/12 and 245/14 with an im­pres­sive braid ca­pac­ity of 630/30. You’ll also like the me­chan­i­cal line counter that even alerts you when your line is be­ing stripped. Two mod­els are of­fered in right-hand re­trieve and have 5.3:1 gear ra­tios. Line re­trieve of 25.5 IPT. Price: $119.99 USD www.abugar­cia.com

UN­DER $300 D FIN-NOR PRI­MAL LEVER DRAG REEL

Salt­wa­ter- and braid-friendly, the er­gonom­i­cally-de­signed Pri­mal is one tough reel built with the com­pany’s Me­gashield ma­chined-alu­minum frame as well as stain­less steel gears that com­bine to han­dle heavy loads. An­other ben­e­fit you’ll like is the sealed Me­gadrag sys­tem that can han­dle up to 15 pounds of pres­sure at the time of the strike, and up to 30 pounds of drag (de­pend­ing on the model) when the fish runs. Fin Nor’s durable Me­ga­lock anti-re­verse is also fea­tured to give you that ex­tra stop­ping power. A to­tal of four mod­els are avail­able (in­clud­ing a size 10 and 12), they are of­fered in gear ra­tios from 5.8 to 7.3:1 and have 6+1 bear­ing sys­tems. Max­i­mum line ca­pac­ity is 450/14 (mono) and 440/50 (braid). Right-hand re­trieve only. Price: $199.00 USD www.finnor­fish­ing.com

UN­DER $300 E PENN FATHOM II LEVEL WIND REEL

Penn de­liv­ers the goods for 2019 with many new up­grades and ap­point­ments to its the Fathom II. With a range of model choices, all fea­ture sev­eral key high­lights in­clud­ing an up­graded 4+1 bear­ing sys­tem, the com­pany’s proven HD 100 drag sys­tem, braid-ready spools (without the need for back­ing) plus a new Fast Gear Ac­cess Side Plate, which al­lows you the abil­ity to eas­ily grease and main­tain com­po­nents by just re­mov­ing four screws, thus elim­i­nat­ing a long dis­as­sem­bly process (or even ac­ci­den­tal as­sem­bly) com­pared to pre­vi­ous mod­els. The Fathom se­ries also in­cludes line counter ver­sions com­plete with a unique spring-ac­tion wiper de­sign to clear the counter face. Mod­els are avail­able in sizes in­clud­ing 15, 20, 30 and 50, in right-and left-hand re­trieve (ex­cept for the 50), and range in weight from 19.8 to 27.4 oz. MSRP: $199.99 - 249.95 USD www.pen­n­fish­ing.com

F SHI­MANO TEKOTA 500/600 LEVEL REEL

Win­ner of the Best of Cat­e­gory – Salt­wa­ter Reel at 2018 ICAST, the 500/600 Tekota reels are true, proven work­horses for an­glers on the Pa­cific North­west or Great Lakes. Com­pletely re­designed for 2019, these reels are more com­pact, er­gonomic, lighter and even stronger thanks to the com­pany’s S-com­pact body de­sign and bul­let-proof HA­GANE Body, which is de­signed to pre­vent frame dis­tor­tion and flex­ing. Fur­ther dura­bil­ity is pro­vided by its Core­pro­tect tech­nol­ogy (for wa­ter re­sis­tance) and the wa­ter­proof anti-re­verse stop­per. All mod­els also boast cross car­bon drags, shielded anti-rust bear­ings, and up to 24-pounds of max drag pres­sure. Line-counter ver­sions are also avail­able. All 500/600 mod­els now come in right- and left-hand re­trieve, have 6.3:1 gear ra­tios, 3+1 bear­ing sys­tems and weight rang­ing from 15.5 to 17.1 oz. Sug­gested Re­tail: TEK500/500LC: $209.99 USD/TEK600/TEK600LC: $219.99 USD http://fish.shi­mano.com

UN­DER $400 G DAIWA SALTIST STAR DRAG

If you com­monly live by the adage of “go big or go home” then per­haps put the new Saltist Star Drag on your fish­ing gear shop­ping list next sea­son. There are 11 reels in this se­ries that can hold line classes be­tween 12- to 50-pound test (mono) and are strong enough for braid sizes up to 100-pounds, while its drag sys­tem can of­fer up to 25 lbs. of max­i­mum pres­sure. The reels are also tough thanks to the ma­chined alu­minum, an­odized con­struc­tion that en­sure cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance. An­other high­light is the true free spool, which com­bines with its cen­trifu­gal break­ing sys­tem that al­lows longer, more con­trolled casts in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. Gear ra­tios are 5.1:1 and 6.4:1 and all reels have a 4+1 bear­ing sys­tem. Weight ranges from 14.3 to 22.4 oz. Price: $239.99 USD www.daiwa.com

UN­DER $800 H SHI­MANO TALICA II

One of the higher-end reels in the Shi­mano fam­ily, the 2019 lever-drag Talica II has a bevy of solid, re­li­able fea­tures with strik­ing, good looks to match. Among the many pop­u­lar fea­tures that the Talica is known for is its im­pres­sive crank­ing power. It of­fers an im­pres­sive 38 to 41 IPT, which means you’ll have the up­per hand dur­ing fights, while the tough-as-nails Ha­gane Body is de­signed with op­ti­mal stiff­ness to re­sist flex­ing. If that’s not tough enough, Shi­mano also in­cluded its CF Alu­minum Cold-forged Spool as well as its S A-RB tech­nol­ogy, which pro­tects the Talica’s 6+1 bear­ing sys­tem from dam­ag­ing salt­wa­ter or sand. There’s a choice of 11 mod­els that range in weight from 16 to 56 oz., of­fer gear ra­tios from 3.8:1, 5.2:1, and 5.7:1 to 6.2:1 and have a max­i­mum drag of 60 lbs. Price: $739.99 CDN fish.shi­mano.com

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