July 22, 2020
By Dr. Todd A. Kuhn
Here’s a roundup of new baitcasting reels from ICAST 2020:
Ardent Apex Lightning
The Apex Lightning gives you superior on-the-water performance. Ardent's extremely light weight, high-strength aluminum frame provides you the comfort and strength needed for elite level fishing. 10+1 ball bearing produces top-level smoothness and casting distance. Featuring a deep V6061 T6 machined aluminum spool, a carbon-fiber swept-back handle with EVA grip knobs and externally adjustable 270-degree magnetic brake system. Also features a Drag Click System, which emits an audible click as line is pulled from the spool.
Abu Garcia ZATA
The ZATA low-profile reels exemplify a sleek reel design in a compact package. Packed with features like 11 ball bearings and a Duragear brass gear, the ZATA provides smooth casting and retrieval. Graphite frame and side plates, Carbon Matrix Drag System, Duragear brass gear, Infini brake system, compact bent handle and star drag, and lube port for easy maintenance.
Quantum Invade Baitcast Reel
The tough-yet-smooth design and extreme durability of the Quantum Invade makes it the perfect reel for anglers of any experience level. Complete with DynaMag® Cast Control, Continuous Anti-Reverse™ clutch, and Zero Friction™ pinion design, this rock-solid reel is created to last in real-world conditions.
Okuma Convector 163 Low Profile Line Counter
The popular and innovative Convector Low Profile Line counter has expanded its family with the Kokanee-sized, compact 163 reel. This micro line counter is perfect for your light-line applications and features all of the great technology of its bigger 354 size brother, including Okuma's Quick Drop Technology.
13 Fishing Concept Z SLD
Pushing the edge of design, engineering, and materials forward is what the Z SLD does. The new SLIDE magnetic cast control system located in the perfect place for anglers to adjust without missing a cast. Control casting downwind, then upwind with a flick of the thumb. Pitch, flip, or just let it fly by working the Low-Friction Centrifugal braking and magnetic SLIDE braking. Coupled with CZB Bearings and an Advanced Polymer drag system within the Cast Iron Carbon frame and side plates.
Okuma Serrano Low Profile Baitcast Reel
Serrano has three total models; two right- and one left-handed versions. Corrosion-esistant carbon frame and side plate construction. Weighing just 7 ounces and packed with seven total precision stainless-steel ball bearing drive system. The Serrano features an externally adjustable magnetic cast control system that puts the breaks on the machined aluminum, black anodized 33.5mm spool. Serrano features a multi-disc drag washers. A double paddle, 95mm aluminum swept handle arm with golf-grip handle knobs.
Team Lew's Pro SP Skipping Reel
Designed specifically for skipping and pitching. Anodized Duralumin 32mm shallow spool with Knot Slot. High-strength brass gears. P2 Super Pinion bearing supported pinion gear for precise alignment and solid stability, resulting in smooth gear fit and longer life. Six-pin, 26-position QuietCast Adjustable Centrifugal Braking system with orange skipping zone. Premium nine bearing system. Carbon fiber drag with up to 20 pounds of drag power. Bowed lightweight aluminum reel handle with Winn Dri-Tac JDM knobs.
KastKing Speed Demon Elite
KastKing set out to conquer the fishing tackle world with the fastest retrieve speed baitcaster on the planet. They did more than make Speed Demon Elite baitcasting reels fast. KastKing used Hamai precision cut 7075 hard anodized aluminum alloy 44.3 mm main gear and brass pinion gear for ultimate performance, 10.5:1 speed and an amazing 42 IPT for super-fast line retrieve. 10 + 1 double shielded stainless steel ball bearings, up to 18 pounds of ultra-smooth triple disc carbon-fiber drag.
Daiwa TATULA 300
Daiwa unleashes the new Tatula 300, a true 300-size reel for throwing big bass baits. Perfect for a variety of applications including outsized, deep-diving crankbaits, swimbaits, A rigs, and more. T-Wing System level-wind allows for less resistance on the line, allowing the line to cast further. Besides the aluminum frame, the Tatula 300 also features an aluminum side plate. Comfort is enhanced with Soft Touch handle knobs and a large 110mm heavy cranking power handle.