Of all the tools in a fisherman's arsenal, there are none that we geek out over quite like reels. And, in a day and age where the market is saturated, it's hard to know which route to go. Is it really worth paying $300 or more for a reel? Would I rather have one high-end reel or several low-end reels? All-in-all, we want to know where quality meets affordability. Luckily, there are a few extremely solid choices in that $150 price range that can give incredible bang for your buck, finding the middle ground between professional quality and affordability. Here are a few of our top choices in the sub-$150 category.
Abu Garcia GEN 4 Revo S
The tradition of cutting edge design and dependability continues with the fourth generation of Revo S. The easy to adjust MagTrax brake system allows anglers to quickly fine tune to any bait. The improved DuraClutch design is immediately noticeable with smooth casting and engagement. Revo S is bolstered by the efficient yet durable Duragear brass gear and X2-Cräftic alloy frame.
Bruin Outdoors Paul Elias Legend Series
The lightweight low profile design features an ergonomic body style, one-way Japanese anti-reverse clutch, heave duty 22 lb. smooth drag system, and the industry leading DEBS cast control and 11 bearing system makes this a premium bait caster for inshore and fresh water fishing.
Lew's Mach Crush SLP
Mach Crush SLP baitcasting reels feature a high speed 7.5:1 gear ratio, available in left and right hand retrieves. Finished with a rich glow orange paint scheme, with a laundry list of features; strong and lightweight, graphite frame and sideplates, machined and anodized aluminum U-shape 32mm spool, high strength solid brass Speed Gears®, a premium 10 bearing system with double-shielded stainless-steel ball bearings and Zero Reverse® one-way clutch bearing, externally adjustable Multi-Setting Brake (MSB) dual cast control system utilizing both an external click-dial for setting the magnetic brake, plus 4 individually disengaging disk-mounted internal brake shoes that operate on centrifugal force, an anodized aluminum spool tension adjustment with audible click, a rugged carbon fiber drag system that provides up to 20lbs. of drag power, an anodized, bowed aluminum 95mm handle with Winn® Dri-Tac handle knobs, an anodized aluminum bowed drag star with audible click adjustment, with a locking pin sideplate, a Zirconia line guide and external lube port.
Daiwa Tatula 150
With an aluminum side plate and frame and reinforced brass gearing and a sturdy pinion gear, these reels are designed for the more rigorous demands of power bass fishing. The T-WING level wind system allows line to pay out freely on casts and flips increasing distance and accuracy. The reel is Cadillac smooth utilizing an astounding 7 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing. Designed for a variety of presentations, the TATULA 150 comes in three gear ratios, 5.4 to 1 (right hand only), 6.3 to 1 and 7.3 to 1. Each reel sports a left or right side retrieve. A 100mm swept handle delivers hours of comfort. As if performance was not enough, the matte black finish and spider graphic make for one of the most attractive reels on the market. If you covet the tools of the successful power bass fisherman, than step up to the plate and make the TATULA 150 T-WING BAITCASTING REELS an important part of your largemouth bass arsenal.