Unless you’re noodling catfish, dependable reels are most likely an integral part of your fishing strategies. Thankfully, manufacturers each season churn out new and improved round, low-profile, and spinning reels that cast farther, manage line more efficiently, and feature silky yet line-stoic drags that are smoother than we ever dreamed possible.
The latest year-class—unveiled at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades in Las Vegas July 9-12—is no exception, as engineers and product developers once again managed to raise the bar in gear ratios, durability, and overall performance. Following is a rundown of 10 of the new reels we look forward to fishing most in the months and years ahead.
<h2>Abu Garcia Morrum ZX</h2>With the redesigned Morrum, Abu takes the performance and durability of traditional round reels to new heights. Available for lefties and righties, the lightweight baitcaster is exceptionally smooth, thanks to 10 stainless steel bearings, plus one roller bearing. Its Carbon Matrix drag applies smooth, even pressure throughout battles with big fish. And the proven IVCB-IV externally adjustable brake system facilitates distance, control, and accuracy—even with light lures. Although it’s amazingly light, weighing in at just 7.34 ounces, the Swedish-built Morrum also features a machined-aluminum frame and sideplates. Finally, the titanium-coated line guide keeps your string flat, orderly, and ever-ready for the next cast. With a gear ratio of 6.3:1, it holds 135 yards of 12-pound mono or 30-pound braid. <a href="http://www.abugarcia.com"target="_blank">abugarcia.com</a>