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Best New Fishing Reels from ICAST 2023

These 19 freshwater and saltwater reels were unveiled at the annual fishing trade show in Orlando.

Best New Fishing Reels from ICAST 2023

Photo by Lynn Burkhead

These new fishing reels were debuted in the New Products Showcase at ICAST 2023 in Orlando, the largest fishing-tackle trade show in the world. Here’s a look at what’s new. (Product info courtesy of ICAST)

FRESHWATER SPINNING

Shimano Stradic FM

Shimano Stradic FM
Shimano Stradic FM
  • Info: fish.shimano.com
  • MSRP: $153.99
  • Dependability and versatility prevail in the Stradic FM with reel technologies passed down from Shimano's flagship spinning reels. Stradic FM adds InfinityXross technology for unequaled gear durability and synergy. This parlays Shimano's legacy of cold-forged HAGANE gearing for added strength with the refinement of MicroModule II. InfinityDrive delivers increased cranking power under load, while the new Duracross Drag provides the smooth performance of felt with up to 10 times the durability.

Abu Garcia Zenon X

Abu Garcia Zenon X
Abu Garcia Zenon X
  • Info: abugarcia.com
  • MSRP: $299.95
  • Engineered to give anglers exceptional performance in a compact package, the Abu Garcia Zenon X Spinning Reel features an asymmetrical X-Cräftic aluminum body design, V-Rotor and V-Spool design for a lightweight and extremely compact platform weighing less than 7 ounces. Paired with a 9+1 stainless steel HPCR bearing system and precision machined gears for effortless performance. The Carbon Matrix drag provides smooth and consistent pressure across the entire drag range.

SEVIIN GX Series

SEVIIN GX Series
SEVIIN GX Series
  • Info: seviinreels.com
  • MSRP: $190
  • SEVIIN GX Series reels are engineered and crafted from a blank slate to deliver elite-level, worry-free performance in all freshwater spinning applications, from finesse to power fishing. Featuring a lightweight and rigid carbon body and rotor, skeletonized aluminum spool, 10+1 bearings, one-piece titanium bail, stacked-carbon micro-adjustable drag, S-curve slow oscillation, and premium, machined accents, GX Series reels combine exceedingly smooth and reliable operation with durable longevity.

Vortex E

Vortex E
Vortex E Spinning
  • Info: spro.com
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • SPRO’s Vortex E Spinning Reels offer anglers precise control and powe. Its oversized drag knob and handle knob provide anglers impressive torque and stability. The Vortex E is available in four size options to guarantee a perfect fit for all freshwater and inshore fishing situations. The Vortex E offers strong performance and value.

Wally Marshall Pro Target

Wally Marshall Pro Target spinning reel
Wally Marshall Pro Target spinning reel
  • Info: ratheroutdoors.com
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • The new Pro Target spinning reel is built with 11 ball bearings, a carbon-fiber drag system, a super light graphite body and an anti-reverse clutch to bring premium quality and performance to compliment the successful Pro Target line of rods. These reels are designed for casting, shooting docks, forward-facing sonar techniques or trolling with super light jigs from 1/32-1/8 ounce. The reel delivers tournament-quality performance you can count on.

ProFISHiency Krazy3 2K

ProFISHiency Krazy3 2K
ProFISHiency Krazy3 2K
  • Info: profishiency.com
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Hit the water in style with this pro-level reel packed with premium features. The reel features smooth gears powered by a carbon-fiber handle with a custom rubber knob that stands out from the competition. The 10+1 bearing system, 6.2:1 GR, and smooth carbon-fiber drag system allow you to get those fish in quickly and land more fish.

Okuma ITX-CB

Okuma ITX-CB
Okuma ITX-CB
  • Info: okumafishingusa.com
  • MSRP: $159.99
  • Based on JDM specifications, the new ITX-CB is constructed with a light and rigid C-40X rotor construction. The reel boasts an incredibly strong and durable body. The Flite Drive system enhances gear stability and smoothness, allowing for a seamless fishing experience. The multi-disk Carbonite drag washers with Hydro Block gasket ensure a smooth and consistent drag, while the A7075 spool shaft and key drag washers significantly reduce weight.

FRESHWATER BAITCASTING

Vortex E

Vortex E
Vortex E baiticaster
  • Info: spro.com
  • MSRP: $89
  • The Vortex E baitcasting reel is perfect for advanced anglers seeking a superior, smooth-casting experience. Complete with oversized handle knobs, magnetic cast control, four high-end ball bearings, plus reliable performance, this reel is designed for an effortless, enjoyable experience. Enjoy the reliable performance and long-lasting value of this reel at a competitive price. Two gear ratios 6.3:1 and 7.3:1 are available, each having a left- and right-hand retrieve option.

Lew's HyperMag

Lew's HyperMag
Lew's HyperMag
  • Info: lews.com
  • MSRP: $349.99
  • Team Lew’s has redesigned the HyperMag baitcast reel to enhance not only function, but experience. The HyperMag has been upgraded to include the P2 Super Pinion double-bearing supported pinion gear, offering a better gear mesh for smoothness and extended gear life. Speed Knot quick line attachment spool allows quick and easy line spooling. The updated ergonomic one-piece magnesium frame and C45 carbon sideplates are strong and extremely lightweight, with the reel weighing in at only 5.2 ounces.

Lew's Custom Lite SS

Lew's Custom Lite SS
Lew's Custom Lite SS
  • Info: lews.com
  • MSRP: $299.99
  • The Lew’s Custom Lite Shallow Spool baitcast reel is engineered to cast light baits further with accuracy and ease. The reel features an ultra-shallow 30mm spool design that requires less inertia to startup when casting light weights, helping you put finesse baits exactly where you want them in any condition. An extremely lightweight reel at only 5 ounces. Anglers who rely on small crankbaits, finesse swimbaits and weightless soft plastics will find a trusted tool with the Custom Lite SS.

Bates Fishing Hundo

Bates Fishing Hundo
Bates Fishing Hundo baitcaster
  • Info: batesfishingco.com
  • MSRP: $375
  • Weighing 5 ounces and boasting 14 pounds of drag, the Hundo from Bates Fishing gives big-reel performance to the demands of finesse-reel anglers. The Hundo features a gunmetal grey anodized aluminum, size 100 frame that's fully CNC’d from 6061-T6 bar stock on our nine axis machine. It's also equipped with dual brakes (centrifugal, magnetic), aluminum gears, and a combo of 10 HAC Stainless Steel bearings, two high precision NMB ball bearings, a one-way Stainless Steel ball bearing, and gum rubber grips.

Daiwa Tatula 100

Daiwa Tatula 100
Daiwa Tatula 100
  • Info: daiwa.com
  • MSRP: $179.99
  • Introducing the new Tatula 100, a re-designed reel frame giving ultimate comfort and confidence. Integrated with patented Hyper-Drive design for the smoothest performance and ultimate power. With a new lighter A7075 spool you can cast even further with the ultimate control. The Tatula 100 will continue to uphold the greatest features you come to expect including our T-wing line guide for maximum casting distance and Zero Adjuster cast control to maintain optimal spool tension.

Denali Novus Elite

Denali Novus Elite
Denali Novus Elite
  • Info: denalifishing.com
  • MSRP: $249.99
  • Denali Fishing is expanding to new levels with the launch of the Novus Series of low-profile baitcasting reels. After a year long design process, these new reels were put through an additional year of "on the water" testing by the Denali pro angling team to ensure all expectations would be met.

SALTWATER

SEVIIN GSW Saltwater Series

SEVIIN GSW Saltwater Series
SEVIIN GX Series
  • Info: seviinreels.com
  • MSRP: $160
  • The all-new SEVIIN GSW Series encompasses four exceptionally smooth, powerful and versatile saltwater spinning reels (sizes 3000, 4000, 6000 and 8000), precisely designed and crafted to elevate the saltwater fishing experience with uncompromising performance and reliability. Features include lightweight, strong and durable aluminum construction, 6+1 shielded stainless-steel bearing system, multi-stack carbon and stainless-steel drag, S-curve slow oscillation and premium machined accents.

Tsunami Saltx II

Tsunami Saltx II
Tsunami Saltx II
  • Info: Click Here
  • MSRP: $399.99
  • Wrapped in a lightweight body and rotor-machined from A6061 aluminum lies an all-new sealed system. Featuring 19 internal seals, seven sealed bearings, and an all-new proprietary sealed anti-reverse bearing, be assured the new Saltx II was built to dominate in the harshest environments. Additional features include a stainless-steel main and pinion gear, titanium spool lip, bail wire and manshift. The new Saltx II will be available in a full size range consisting of a 3000, 4000, 6000, and 8000.

Bahia Saltwater Spinning Reel

Bahia Saltwater Spinning Reel
Bahia Saltwater Spinning Reel
  • Info: floridafishingproducts.com
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Experience the ultimate in inshore saltwater angling with the Bahia spinning reel. Crafted with a lightweight CompLite body, this reel offers all-day fishability without sacrificing durability. The Eco-Sealed bearings provide protection against the corrosive elements, ensuring long-lasting performance. Equipped with Bahia’s new cutting-edge T3 drag system, so losing fish has become a thing of the past.

Penn Spinfisher VII

Penn Spinfisher VII
Penn Spinfisher VII
  • Info: pennfishing.com
  • MSRP: $239.95
  • The PENN Spinfisher VII features IPX5 sealing so whether it gets hit with a wave, or you let it ride in the spray all the way home, you don't have to worry about saltwater getting into the gearbox or drag system. HT-100 drag washers are housed in a fully sealed spool to give the stopping power needed for big saltwater fish. A full metal body and sideplate keep the all-brass CNC Gear System in precise alignment under heavy loads. Standard, Live Liner, Long Cast & Bail-less models available.

Okuma Inspira ISX

Okuma Inspira ISX
Okuma Inspira ISX
  • Info: okumafishingusa.com
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • The Inspira ISX’s body is constructed using Okuma’s C-40X carbon fiber and a double arm design to offer higher torsion and flex resistance under heavy pressure, making the Inspira ISX stronger, extremely rigid, and keeps your internals in alignment. Inspira ISX “A” also boasts Okuma’s Proprietary Flite Drive system that enhances gear stability and smoothness. The ISX's multi-disc Carbonite and stainless-steel drag washer system, and 8BB+1RB stainless steel bearings, keep this reel running smooth.

Salos Saltwater

Salos Saltwater Reel
Salos saltwater fishing reel
  • Info: floridafishingproducts.com
  • MSRP: $139.99
  • Introducing the Salos, the ultimate reel for everyday anglers. Built with a light-weight CompLite design, it offers an ultra-smooth retrieve and the company’s ever-dependable T2 Drag System. Experience high-quality performance without breaking the bank.

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