Killer New Reels from the ICAST 2017 Show

by • August 2, 2017 • Product Reviews, Rods and Reels ReviewsComments (0)313

Killer New Reels for 2017-2018 were on hand at this years ICAST. They are the one fishing product you can actually put hands on and tell the quality of fairly accurately. So lets start slinging the lines. New reels we all love them, especially when they are all shinny and new. But in essence it is only a line storage device. The rod does all the work when used properly. The reel lets line out and puts it back away. The letting it out part is by far the most important weather it is via the cast or the fish pulling it out against the drag. Beyond that it is all bells and whistles. Today’s modern technologies have gone a long way in leveling the playing field for new reels. This is allowing a host of new companies to hit the ground running with quality products. Let’s take a look at the offerings shown at ICAST 2017.


Abu Garcia® Revo® Inshore Low Profile

  • 6 stainless steel HPCR® bearings + 1 roller bearing
  • X2-Cräftic™ alloy frame
  • C6 carbon palm sideplate and aluminum handle sideplate
  • Power stack Carbon Matrix Drag System™
  • Duragear™ brass gear
  • D2 Gear Design™
  • Everslik™ coated pinion shaft and pawl
  • DuraClutch™ design
  • IVCB-6L™ braking system
  • Gull Wing™ sideplate design
  • Infini II™ spool design
  • Oversized handle
  • Flat oversized EVA knobs
  • Ti coated line guide
  • Lube port
  • MSRP:   $249.95



Pflueger® President® Spinning Reel

  • 10 Bearing System with corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings
  • Graphite Body & Rotor
  • Braid Ready Spool which allows braid to be tied directly to spool
  • Stainless Steel/Oil Felt Drag
  • Aircraft grade aluminum handle
  • Soft touch knob which provides for excellent grip and comfort
  • Aluminum Bail to prevent misshaping
  • Slow oscillation gearing which improves line lay and minimizes line twist
  • MSRP: $59.95


PENN® Conflict® II

  • High strength RR30 graphite body and rotor design
  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • CNC machined aluminum gear system
  • Slow Oscillation – Leveline System
  • 7+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • MSRP:   $149.99 – $199.95


13Fishing Concept Z


  • CZB – Concept Zero Bearing Technology
  • 6.1 Ounces
  • Ocean Armor 2 Saltwater protection Process
  • 22lbs Bulldog Drag
  • 13 Tech EVA Handle Knobs
  • 6 Way Centrifugal Braking System
  • Arrowhead Line Guide
  • Beetle Wing Rapid Access Side Plate
  • Dead Stop Anti-Reverse
  • Japanese Hamai Cut Gearing
  • MSRP:   $200




  • 6061-T6 forged, then machine cut aluminum frame, side plates, and spool
  • Mechanical Stabilizing System for a zero flex platform keeping all key components aligned
  • 17-4 grade, self lubricating, stainless steel helical cut gearing,
  • Multi-disc Carbonite drag system bathed in Cal’s drag grease (patent pending)
  • five total corrosion resistant bearings.
  • 22lbs of drag
  • high speed 6.2:1 gear ratio
  • MSRP of $319.99

Shimano Curado K

  • high speed 6.2:1 gear ratio
  • MicroModule Gearing, gears made with more and smaller teeth for the smoothest experience on the water
  • Baitcasting reel for both fresh and saltwater action
  • Gear ratios up to 8.5:1,
  • New SVS Infinity centrifugal braking system, with brake weights that use inner friction against the raceway during the cast to control spool speed
  • New Compact Body
  • MSRP of $179.99.

Daiwa Ballistic (reworked)

new reels

  • Magsealed construction
  • Lightweight, corrosion-proof Zaion® body and side cover
  • 10 Bearing System (1CRBB + 8BB + 1RB)
  • Air Rotor for lighter weight and greater sensitivity
  • Air Bail of lightweight, hollow stainless
  • Digigear™ digital gear design
  • Waterproof drag
  • Machine cut aluminum direct screw in handle
  • Two ball bearing spool support keeps drag washers in perfect alignment
  • ABS aluminum spool
  • MSRP: $199.95 to $209.95

Seigler SGN

  • 30# of drag
  • The SGN is like holding a micro boat winch in your hands
  • High speed retrieve
  • Three different color choices
  • MSRP: $250

Kast King Kodiak Spinning Reel

  • All zero-flex solid aluminum body, aluminum rotor and CNC machined aluminum spool.
  •  Enhanced 15% thicker stainless steel main shaft
  • fortified brass gears
  • carbon fiber drag system that gives the Kodiak 39.5 lbs of drag
  • high quality 10 + 1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • New special design aluminum spool and rotor structure prevent water and sand from getting in
  • MSRP: $79 – $88
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