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Some Great Fishing Reel Options From Zebco, Daiwa, Pflueger and Penn

While it is certainly possible to find a quality fishing reel under $100, the best performing and most durable reels tend cost a bit more. If you are in the market for a reel that will stand up to the elements, deliver superior versatility and performance and last for many years, these high end reels are your best bet.

Zebco Iron PT Spinning Reel – Size 50

Zebco Iron PT Spinning Reel - Size 50
The Iron PT series takes saltwater fishing to the next level with high-performance technologies including the SCR aluminum body with SaltGuard 2.0 corrosion protection and a sealed CSC ceramic, stainless steel and carbon-fiber drag system.


  • 6 Bearings (5 + Clutch)
  • SaltGuard 2.0 multi-layer corrosion protection finish
  • TiMAG titanium fail-proof bail wire with magnetic trip
  • MaxCastII spool design
  • Continuous Anti-Reverse clutch
  • SCR aluminum body and side cover


  • Type: Spinning
  • Bearings: 5 + 1
  • Anti-Reverse: Continuous
  • Hand Retrieve: Right/Left
  • Gear Ratio: 5.2:1
  • Inches Per Turn: 33″
  • Mono Capacity (yds./lbs.): 225/12
  • Max Drag: 22 lbs.
  • Weight: 11.9 oz.

Penn Spinfisher SSV4500

Penn Spinfisher SSV4500 Fishing Reel

The Penn Spinfisher V features a Water Tight Design so whether you dunk the reel in the surf, or 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. The Slammer Drag System is a truly sealed drag system with a total of 3 HT-100 drag washers (1 on the top of the spool, 2 underneath the spool). A Full Metal Body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads.


  • Full Metal Body, sideplate, and Techno Balanced rotor
  • Machined and anodized aluminum Superline spool with Line Capacity Rings
  • Sealed HT-100 Slammer Drag System
  • Instant Anti-Reverse
  • 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings.

Zebco – Quantum EnergyPTi 11bb

Zebco - Quantum EnergyPTi 11bb Spinning Reel with Spare Braid Ready Spool 25sz

The Quantum Energy PTi series has a legendary reputation as a solid performer on the professional tournament trail, and for the weekend angler that knows how to target big fish. With 11 bearings for ultra-smooth cranking and an indestructible titanium bail wire, Energy PTi provides worry-free fishing when it’s all on the line.


  • Polymer-stainless hybrid PT bearings
  • LMS line management system
  • Continuous Anti-Reverse
  • Machined aluminum handle
  • Double-anodized aluminum spool
  • SCR aluminum frame and side cover
  • Extra Spool

Zebco – Quantum Fin-nor 95 Size Offshore Reel

Zebco - Quantum Fin-nor 95 Size Offshore Reel

Offering a large spool capacity and powerful gear ratio, the Fin-Nor Offshore Spinning Reels feature an oversized, 11- disc multi-stack offshore drag system specifically designed to handle biggest offshore gamefish. The Offshore Spinning Reels are finished with Fin-Nors powerful saltwater protective coating which fights against the natural corrosive elements that saltwater anglers face.


  • CNC machined-aluminum body, rotor and side-plates
  • Stainless steel drive gear, pinion gear and center shaft
  • 4 double-shielded stainless steel bearings
  • Oversized 11-disc offshore drag system
  • Anti-corrosion protective coating

Pflueger Supreme XT 35

Pflueger Supreme XT 35 Spinning Reel 


The Supreme XT is the lightest reel in its class, and delivers years of quality performance. Its super-lightweight magnesium body and rotor, braid ready aluminum spool, and sealed carbon fiber drag are perfect for freshwater or inshore fishing. This reel is also incredibly comfortable to fish, featuring a lightweight carbon fiber handle, EVA handle knob, and effortless retrieve.


  • 10 Bearing System: Corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings
  • Magnesium Body and Rotor: Feather light design
  • Braid Ready Spool: Allows braid to be tied directly to spool
  • Sealed Carbon Drag: Sealed system, always lubricated, always smooth
  • Carbon Handle: 21% lighter than aluminum
  • EVA Knob: High density EVA, lightweight comfort
  • Slow Oscillation Gearing: Improves line lay and minimizes line twist


  • Reel Size: 35
  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
  • Retrieve Rate: 33.80″
  • Bearings: 10
  • Braid Capacity (Yards/lbs): 250/8, 220/10, and 160/14
  • Mono Capacity (Yards/lbs): 230/6, 185/8, and 155/10
  • Max Drag: 12 lbs
  • Anti Reverse: Instant
  • Spare Spool Material: No
  • Weight: 8.00 lbs

Daiwa Procyon EX 3000

Daiwa Procyon EX 3000

Procyon is now mag sealed for fresh and saltwater applications. Procyon also has a Hardbodyz body design, Air Rotor and Digigear to make it one of the best values around.

Matches perfectly with Procyon Spinning Rods


  • Narrow, rigid aluminum “Hardbodyz” body design
  • Magsealed construction
  • Air Bail of lightweight, hollow stainless steel
  • Digigear digital gear design
  • Air Rotor for lighter weight and greater sensitivity
  • Water proof drag
  • Machine cut aluminum handle
  • ABS aluminum spool


  • Type: Spinning
  • Action FW / SW: Medium / Medium Light
  • Bearings: 7BB, 1RB
  • Gear Ratio: 5.6:1
  • Line Per Handle Turn: 37.4″
  • Weight (oz.): 10.9
  • Line Capacity (Lb. Test / Yards): MONO: 8/240, 10/200, 12/170
  • Drag Max: 15.4

Zebco  Smoke Spinning Reel

Zebco Smoke Spinning Reel 

The high-speed Smoke PT Speed Freak models feature a blazing fast 6.2:1 gear ratio for high speed techniques, along with an indestructible titanium bail wire, lightweight C4LF carbon-fiber rotor design and CSC carbon-stainless-ceramic drag system.


  • Continuous Anti-Reverse clutch
  • 10 Bearings (9 + Clutch)
  • Lightweight aluminum body and side plate
  • Carbon fiber and ceramic drag system
  • Speed Freak 6.2:1 gears for 33″ per turn retrieve


  • Type: Spinning
  • Bearings: 9+1
  • Anti-Reverse: Continuous
  • Hand Retrieve: Right/Left
  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
  • Inches Per Turn: 33″
  • Mono Capacity (yds./lbs.): 150/8
  • Max Drag: 18 lbs.
  • Weight: 7.6 oz.
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