New Fishing Reels at the ICAST 2018 Show

by • July 25, 2018 • Opinion, Rods and Reels ReviewsComments (0)1953

The ICAST 2018 show definitely did not disappoint when it came to new fishing reels. Shimano went all out with a new low profile “smart” baitcaster reel, and many other companies had great new products to show off at this year’s show.On the first day of the show we attended the media event from Shimano Fishing, and immediately fell in love with their new products. Many other new fishing reel companies had us drooling as the show went on with their new products as well. Here’s just a few of the new fishing reels that you will see on the shelves of your favorite sporting goods store soon.


Curado DC

Built on the legacy of durability, dependability and versatility that Curado is known for, now with Shimano’s unique DC braking technology. Shimano’s new Digital Control braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1,000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance. Anglers of all skill levels will appreciate less thumbing and trouble-free casting in all conditions.


SLX is compact, rigid and versatile. With 3 gear ratios to choose from and a long handle, SLX offers tournament anglers a complete series of reels, that won’t break the bank.


Okuma Fishing

Azores Blue

new fishing reels

Okuma’s attention to saltwater spinning reels, with a focus on advancing strength, performance and durability in the wildly popular Azores family of reels. All-new Okuma Azores Blue spinning reels, the Z-4000H-BLUE, Z-6000H-BLUE, Z-8000H-BLUE and Z-14000H-BLUE are an extension of this popular lineup.

Azores Blue begin with proven power features including die-cast aluminum body, side plate and rotor, machine cut pinion gear and the Okuma Dual Force Drag system that utilizes a traditional top drag stack in concert with an oversized Carbonite drag washer beneath the spool to increase high-end drag output as well as spool stability under load.

Avenger Spinning Reel

The Okuma Avenger Spinning Reels are the longest standing family of reels in the Okuma line up. The new Avenger series for 2019 will be the fourth generation in the historical series.

The key new feature of the 2019 Avenger series is the addition of the CFR technology. The CFR, or Cyclonic Flow Rotor creates a “cyclonic” airflow which significantly increases air flow through the rotor creating a faster drying time if the reel should become wet, minimizing corrosion possibilities throughout the reel.

Helios SX

The Okuma Helios SX Baitcast Reel is the latest addition to the deep lineup of smooth running, long casting Helios low-profile baitcast reels that anglers have come to enjoy. For 2019, Okuma has brought forward the Helios SX, with a sleek new look and revamped internal functions to keep you on the water longer. 

The Helios SX Baitcast reel was designed with the serious bass angler in mind. The revamped internal 12-point adjustable velocity control system will keep you dialed in and backlash free. The new friction free disengaging spool shaft system allows for longer casting.



Spinfisher VI

Over 50 years old and still going strong, the PENN Spinfisher VI is built to take on any fish, anywhere! The PENN
Spinfisher VI features an 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. Our 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 CNC Gear System in precise alignment under heavy loads. Available in standard, Live Liner, Long Cast and bail-less models.
Conflict II
The PENN® Conflict II Long-Cast reels feature stealthy cosmetics, a lightweight design, and a smooth but strong HT-100 drag. The RR30 rigid resin body and rotor are extremely lightweight and durable. Internally the Conflict II Long Cast is powered with CNC Gear technology, and high quality stainless steel ball bearings. The rubber gasket on the Superline Spool keeps superlines from slipping, eliminating the need for backing. Cast further from the beach and cover more water with the new PENN Conflict II Long-Cast reels!

Abu Garcia

Revo Rocket

The new Abu Garcia Revo Rocket packs a punch when it comes to delivering high speed performance. Featuring our new 10.1:1 rocket gear ratio, delivering 41’’ line per turn, the new Revo Rocket gives anglers speed, compact design and power all in one package. The Revo Rocket also features an extended handle with oversized EVA handle knobs, 10 stainless steel HPCR bearings, and an Abu Garcia Infini brake system. When you feel the need for speed, make sure you reach for the Abu Garcia Revo Rocket.
Revo MGXtreme
Abu Garcia’s lightest, most compact spinning reels. MGXtreme spinning reels feature the CMg carbon rotor and one-piece X-Mag™ alloy gear box to reduce weight to 5.6 ounces (20-size) and 5.9 ounces (30-size). The high performance, durable AMGearing system is combined with HPCR™ and Salt Shield™ bearings. This extremely lightweight, versatile reel is also equipped with an innovative removable sinker keeper that eliminates tangling when using a drop shot.

Halo Fishing

Aero Reels

Aero Reels feature an ultra strong super light weight carbon body. One-way anti-reverse system with 9 + 1 double-shielded stainless ball bearings. The Aero also has a stainless main shaft with high strength accurate brass gears and carbon fiber washers. The Aero has 7.2:1 gear ratio with 18lb maximum drag and a centrifugal break system.

  • 9+1 Double-shielded Stainless Ball Bearings
  • Instant Anti-reverse
  • Large Crank Handle
  • Centrifugal Break System
  • 7.2:1 Gear Ratio
  • Carbon Fiber Drag Washes
  • Custom-designed Colors
  • 16 lb Maximum


The Viper reels feature 9+1 double-shielded stainless ball bearings, instant anti-reverse, a large crank handle, and a centrifugal break system. The Viper reels also feature a 7.2:1 gear ratio, carbon fiber drag washers, and customed designed colors (Red, Green, Orange. With 16lb maximum drag, the Viper reels will man up on your next trophy bass.


Accurist S3

Due to its highly affordable $99 price, and tough all aluminum frame, Accurist has long been a top selling reel for Quantum, and now the latest S3 version adds a super easy to use external ACS 3.0 cast control dial that allows for precision adjustments, no matter the lure weight or wind conditions, to promise even greater popularity among anglers.

Instead of cheaper, less hardy, graphite frames often used at this $99 price point, anglers will truly appreciate the tough yet lightweight feel of Accurist S3’s all-aluminum frame. Plus, CNC machining of critical mounting locations for gears and bearings keep the train in perfect alignment.


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