6 Best Spincast Reels on the Market

In this article, we will take a look at 6 high quality spincast reels that are great for a beginner or seasoned angler.
Spincast reels have evolved from the one pictured here

Spincast reels are also know as “push button” reels or “closed face” reels. There is a reputation in the fishing community that fishing with a spincast reel is rather unimpressive. That is not helped by the fact that you can find one down at the local sporting goods store with Barbie plastered on the reel. 

These reels do have a few great things going for them however. They are efficient, easy to use, and just downright fun to use. I’m sure that most of us started out using a spincast reel. There may not be a better reel out there for a beginner or kid getting started fishing. They are almost impossible to backlash and provide a simplicity that is absolutely necessary for children learning to fish. Let’s take a look at the best spincast reels on the market. [1]

Zebco 33

Price: $29.99 

Features and Design

  • Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Line Capacity: 10/120
  • Gear Ratio: 4.1:1
  • Max Drag: Not Reported
  • Frame: Graphite

The Zebco 33 is one of the most widely used and widely known reels on the market. Many anglers started out with a Zebco 33 as a child. The newer model Zebco 33’s have features such as anti-reverse, dial-adjustable drag, and electronic bite alert. The Zebco 33 is also made with all-metal gears. One improvement that was made over past models was the increase in the gear ratio. The gear ratio now sits at an impressive 4.1:1. This is around 20% faster than previous Zebco 33 reels. The reel comes with a warranty of 1 year from the date of retail sale. This reel is great for Walleye, Bass, and Catfish. There is also a micro size version of the reel that is perfect for Panfish and Trout. This model also comes in two colors (pink and silver). Check out the Zebco 33 if you are looking for a reliable option that won’t break the bank. 

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Large line capacity 
  • Good gear ratio 

Cons

  • Single bearing 
  • Not as smooth as other options 

Pfleuger President Spincast

Price: $34.99 

Features and Design

  • Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Line Capacity: 10/75
  • Gear Ratio: 3.8:1
  • Max Drag: 10 lbs. 
  • Frame: Aluminum

The Pfleuger President Spincast reel has a great look. It also sports an impressive 5 bearing system. The bearing system allows for smoother lure retrieval and control. Remember that the Zebco 33 only had a single bearing, so there would be a noticeable difference in smoothness. The Pfleuger also has anti-reverse and an aluminum frame. The aluminum frame ensures that there is precise gear alignment in the reel. The lightweight nature of the aluminum frame also ensures that this is a reel you can handle all day long. The reel contains dual titanium pins which contributes to easier line pick up with wear-resistant materials. Pfleuger also boasts about the ease of re-spooling these spincast reels. That is important based on the rather unimpressive line capacity that this reel sports. At a price point between $30 and $40, this is a budget friendly option. You should have no worries about using this reel for small to medium sized freshwater fish such as bass, trout, and walleye. 

Pros

  • Very smooth
  • Lightweight 
  • Easy to re-spool 

Cons

  • Gear ratio not as fast as other options
  • Line capacity not great 

Zebco Bullet

Price: $99.99

Features and Design

  • Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Line Capacity: 10/90
  • Gear Ratio: 5.1:1
  • Max Drag: 14 lbs.
  • Frame: Aluminum

The Zebco Bullet is the most expensive reel on this list for good reason. If you are looking for a tournament grade spincast reel, this is it. The Bullet sports an impressive 5.1:1 gear ratio which is faster than any other spincast reel and is faster than a lot of baitcasters out there. With each turn of the handle, 29.6” of line is picked up. It also has non-slip handle knobs. The 9 bearings ensure that this is one of the smoothest reels that you can pick up. Like the Pfleuger it has an aluminum frame, although it is not as light. The reel features an oscillating quick-change spool to save you time when needing to re-spool. Zebco states that this reel is a great option for medium and heavy weight fish such as Walleye, Bass, Catfish, and Striper. In terms of most impressive reels from a feature perspective, it is tough to beat the Zebco Bullet. If you are in need of a spincast reel that can get it done on the tournament circuit or are in need of a quality, ease to use reel, look no further. The Bullet may be fairly expensive, but will not let you down. 

Pros

  • 9 bearings 
  • Fastest spincast gear ratio 
  • Ambidextrous 

Cons

  • Expensive 

Abu Garcia Abumatic 170 Spincast Reel 

Price: $54.99 

Features and Design

  • Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Line Capacity: 12/140
  • Gear Ratio: 3.9:1
  • Max Drag: 10 lbs.
  • Frame: Aluminum

The Abu Garcia Abumatic 170 is a middle of the road reel in terms of price. The 4 ball bearings ensure that you have a smooth retrieve and adequate lure control. The reel sports one of the best in class line capacities. This makes it a great option if you like to target larger fish. Like a few of the options before, it has an aluminum frame. Abu Garcia states that the frame is engineered to withstand the test of time. The reel has an oscillating far-cast spool that ensures there is no line twist. The Abumatic also comes spooled with 12lb. test which is greater than any other reel we have discussed. Like other options, the Abumatic has instant anti-reverse which ensures quick hook sets. The reel also has quite a classic look and comes in red and black to match the Abu Garcia theme. The Abu Garcia Abumatic 170 is a fantastic option for beginners and experienced anglers alike. It will also not break the bank. 

Pros

  • Great line capacity
  • Ambidextrous 

Cons

  • Heavier reel 
  • Awkward button placement

KastKing Brutus

Price: $34.99 

Features and Design

  • Weight: 9.88 ounces
  • Line Capacity: 10/160
  • Gear Ratio: 4.0:1
  • Max Drag: 11 lbs. 
  • Frame: Graphite

The KastKing Brutus looks like something out of the future. Sporting a honeycomb lattice design on the reel, it is an attractive reel. Like the Zebco 33, the Brutus has a graphite frame. This reel rivals the Abumatic 170 in terms of line capacity. At 10/160 it can handle a wide array of applications. The 4.0:1 gear ratio is also fairly impressive and ensures that you will not be outmatched when fish make a run at you. The weight of the reel is also light and makes it a great option to handle from sunrise until sunset. There have been some worries about the durability of the reel based on the price and components. Reviews show that there have only been 1 bad review from 360 found on the KastKing website. This reel is a fantastic option for those on a budget, or someone wanting to get a child an affordable first reel. Don’t let the price fool you though, it seems that this is a quality reel that can handle most anything you throw at it. 

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Great line capacity 

Cons

  • Durability?? 

Abu Garcia Max Pro

Price: $42.99

Features and Design

  • Weight: 8.4 ounces
  • Line Capacity: 8/110
  • Gear Ratio: 3.6:1
  • Max Drag: 8 lb. 
  • Frame: Graphite

The Abu Garcia Max Pro is similar to the Abumatic 170, but has slightly less impressive specifications. It is more moderately priced at $42.99. The reel is as lightweight as any on this list, and can be used for all day fishing. The gear ratio and max drag are lower than any of the other options on this list, but this is a fantastic option for children. There are numerous reviews stating that this reel is easy to cast and retrieve. The Max Pro also has a QuadCam engagement mechanism that aids in line engagement on the retrieve. Like the other rods on our list, it is an ambidextrous reel. The muted coloration may not appeal to some, but the reel has a sleek appearance. Like with the Abumatic 170, some anglers may find the casting button to be awkward. The Abu Garcia Max Pro is an affordable and reliable option for anglers out there. It can handle Bass, Trout, and Walleye like many other reels we have discussed. Check it out if you are needing quality from a trusted name in fishing. 

Pros

  • Smooth casting
  • Great look

Cons

  • Unimpressive gear ratio  

What’s Next

The 6 spincast reels listed above are some of the best options on the market today. From budget friendly to tournament ready, the whole spectrum has been covered. You cannot go wrong with any of these options. If you would like to learn more about spincast reels or other reels in general, please check out our article on the types of fishing reels. If you would like to know more about the reels on this list, make sure to reach out and let us know. Good luck out there! 

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