Best Baitcasters 2018: Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP

Best Baitcasters 2018: Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP
The eye-catching Crush offers great on the water performance. The grips are made by Winn, the folks who first dominated the golf industry.

Best Baitcasters 2018
The eye-catching Crush offers great on the water performance. The grips are made by Winn, the folks who first dominated the golf industry.

As part of Game & Fish's series of reviews of the best baitcasters 2018, we look at the Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP.



By Pete Robbins


Lew's is the comeback kid, having gone from essentially a mothballed brand into a widely-respected player in this highly competitive market.


The new Lew's are functional, durable and dependable. The Crush is an orange-accented beauty, one which makes a statement.

The flashy Crush will appeal to anglers who like a bit of style with their substance, sizzle with their steak.


At $159.99, this Lew's turns smoothly on 10 bearings with a fast 7.5:1 gear ratio.

With its bling, you may find yourself the talk of fashion conscious tournament anglers. 

Best Baitcasters 2018 Series

New baitcasting reels reviewed by Game & Fish

What distinguishes it?

Beyond its flash, the Crush has a 20-pound carbon drag system, which means you can muscle the biggest fish out there. A 95mm bowed handle with Winn Dri-Tac knobs keep you glued to the grip whether it's raining or you're pouring sweat.

High-end features previously found only in more expensive reels?

While the Crush has the strength to sling a big deep-diving crankbait or flip a one-ounce tungsten weight all day, it's surprisingly agile and capable with much lighter lures.

That's largely due to a multi-setting brake cast control system, which features both an external dial as well as a removable sideplate that provides access to four internal brake shoes.

These give you maximum adjustability, which means longer casts on quarter-ounce or lighter lures into the wind without fear of a backlash.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Gear Ratio 7.5:1
  • Line Capacity  110 yd / 12 lb
  • Weight   7.3 oz
  • Bearings 9+1
  • Retrieve   R/L
  • Price  $159.99

HIGH-END FEATURES

  • Zero-reverse clutch system
  • Multi-setting brake dual cast control
  • Quick release side plate
  • Winn Dri-Tac knobs

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Gear

Get Ready for Summer with Cordova Coolers

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day sale offers 15 percent off everything website-wide.

Bows

New TRUGLO Bowfishing EZ•Rest

May 23, 2019

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability.

Trout & Salmon

How to Catch the Biggest Trout in the Stream

David Paul Williams

Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Costa's Award Winning Waterwoman Sunglasses

Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about all of the great features that made the new Waterwoman frame a big winner at the 2019 ICAST show as well as out on the water.

Berkley's Surge Shad

Major League Fishing pro Scott Suggs has relied on the Berkley Surge Shad lure concept for years, using similar designs to capture MLF titles and a $1 million dollar FLW Forrest Cup win. With new features in the Surge Shad, Suggs tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead that even he can find success out on the water!

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Catfish

12 Great Catfish Baits

Jeff Samsel

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, including these great options.

Bass

7 Best Bets For New Jersey Largemouth Bass

October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll...

Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

See More Stories

More Other Freshwater

Other Freshwater

Now That's a Big Drum: Another Wyoming State Record Smashed

Game & Fish Online Staff - July 20, 2018

James Potter Jr.'s Wyoming-record freshwater drum weighed 22.58 pounds. (Photo courtesy of...

Records

Angler Doesn't Miss 2nd Chance at State Record

G&F Online Staff - July 25, 2019

He was fishing for catfish when the Missouri record struck.

Other Freshwater

What You Need to Know About Gear Ratio

David Johnson - July 23, 2018

The new Abu Garcia Revo Rocket has a 10.1:1 gear ratio. (Photo by Scott Bernarde) Abu Garcia

See More Other Freshwater

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×