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Best Saltwater Spinning Reels

Big-game saltwater spinning reels provide added versatility for offshore fishing

Offshore Spinning Reels

We've got the top picks for your next spinning reel.

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Essential for casting baits to tailing sailfish while fishing off the Florida Keys or pitching a live bait to a striped marlin off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the best saltwater spinning reels are essential tools for many big-game anglers chasing marlin, sails, mahimahi and tuna. The ability to hold nearly 600 yards of 80-pound braid and have a stopping power of over 60 pounds of drag, they are more than capable of handling the big runs and they have the drag to put the heat on a charging billfish. We found the best saltwater spinning reels for big-game fishing on the market today from Accurate, Daiwa, Okuma, Penn and Shimano to help you decide which one meets your fishing style.

Accurate SR-30 TwinSpin

Accurate TwinSpin SR-30

The Accurate SR-30 TwinSpin

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The Accurate SR-30 TwinSpin features a true dual-drag system that applies equal braking pressure to both sides of the reel spool. Designed for heavy-duty angling, the TwinSpin’s body, rotor, and spool are machined from solid block, aircraft-grade aluminum that encases a titanium spool shaft and drag plates. Internally, the TwinSpin’s performance is maximized by 14 aircraft-grade, stainless-steel bearings to add to the durability of the reel. Another great feature of the TwinSpin is the ability to switch out spools without the need to readjust drag settings thanks to the TwinDrag mechanism that allows an angler to simply remove the spool if one desires to change line type without needing to adjust drag settings.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 325 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 300 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 50 inches
Max Drag: 40 pounds
Gear Ratio: 6:1
Ball Bearings: 14
Weight: 31 ounces
Retrieve: Left
MSRP: $969.95

Accurate SR-50 TwinSpin

Accurate TwinSpin SR-50

Accurate SR-50 TwinSpin

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Just like its little brother, the Accurate SR-50 is designed for big-game fishing and features a true dual-drag system. The SR-50 adds an additional two pounds of maximum drag compared to the SR-30, while tacking on additional 10 ounces of weight due to the additional spool capacity of the SR-50. The SR-50 also utilizes a lower gear ration (4.0:1) compared to the 6:1 found in the SR-30.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 325 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 450 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 50 inches
Max Drag: 42 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4:1
Ball Bearings: 14
Weight: 41 ounces
Retrieve: Left
MSRP: $1,079.95

Canyon Reels Salt 7500

Canyon Reels Salt 7500

Canyon Reels Salt 7500

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The Canyon Reels Salt 7500 is a high-power spinning reel assembled in the United States. Featuring a solid aluminum body and rotor, the drive, pinion and gears are all constructed from stainless steel. The spool incorporates double ball bearings and the drag washers are constructed in both stainless steel and Carbontex that can provide more than 66 pounds of stopping pressure. The nine bearings in the Salt 7500 are double-shielded ZZ bearings and will keep thing smooth when fighting your next catch.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 325 yards
Braid Line Capacity (60 lb): 500 yards
Max Drag: 66 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4.4:1
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 42 inches
Ball Bearings: 9
Weight: 26 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $249.99

Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight 8000H

Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight 8000H

Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight 8000H

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The features inside the Saltiga Dogfight from Daiwa are designed for maximum reliability. Daiwa brought their Mag Seal technology to the redesigned Dogfight that uses a thin film of magnetic oil to keep saltwater and debris from entering the reel’s rotor bearing. In doing so, it also offers substantially less winding friction. The reel features a total of 14 ball bearings, including three Mag Sealed ball bearings and two corrosion-resistant ball bearings. Other feature such as a manual bail trip to eliminate bail spring problems and a rotor brake to prevent the rotor from moving during a cast are huge improvements to the redesigned Saltiga Dogfight. Weighing only 30 ounces, it still has the ability to pack a powerful punch with a maximum drag of 66 pounds.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 510 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 600 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 56.7 inches
Max Drag: 66 pounds
Gear Ratio: 5.7:1
Ball Bearings: 13
Weight: 30 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $1,099.95

Daiwa Isla 7000 Bull

Daiwa Isla 7000 Bull

Daiwa Isla 7000 Bull

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The Isla 7000 Bull from Daiwa is a rugged, high-performance saltwater spinning reel that benefits from the advanced design concepts and technology found in the Saltiga series of spinning reels. The design includes a waterproof body, Zaion carbon composite air rotors, a machined handle with soft touch grip and a forged aluminum spool. Weighing in at only 29.4 ounces, the reel packs a class-leading punch with 66 pounds of drag.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 470 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 550 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 54.7 inches
Max Drag: 66 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4.3:1
Ball Bearings: 10
Weight: 29.4 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $899.95

Okuma Makaira MK3000LS

Okuma Makaira MK3000LS

Okuma Makaira MK3000LS

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Okuma Makaira MK3000LS The Makaira series reels from Okuma feature forged aluminum bodies, side plates and rotors, with 17-4 grade stainless steel main gears for strength. They are designed with Okuma’s 4D concept: design, drive, drag and durability, and the spinning reel should be a winner for everything from big mahimahi to small marlin thanks to its light weight (under 40 ounces) and high gear ratio (5.8 to 1).

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (40 lb): 490 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 700 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 65.7 inches
Max Drag: 66 pounds
Gear Ratio: 5.8:1
Ball Bearings: 10
Weight: 36.7 ounces
Retrieve: Left or right
MSRP: $879.99

Okuma Cedros High Speed CJ-80S

Okuma Cedros High Speed CJ-80S

Okuma Cedros High Speed CJ-80S

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The Cedros High Speed spinning reel from Okuma features a rigid aluminum body and rotor for increased durability. One of the smallest reels of the Top Offshore Spinning Reels collection with only 240 yards of 30-pound mono capacity, the Dual Force Drag system offers 33 pounds of drag for increased stopping power with a high-speed gear ratio of 5.7:1. The quick-set anti-reverse roller bearing and four HPB corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings and the Hydro Block watertight drag system provides smooth and worry-free days on the water.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 240 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 305 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 46 inches
Max Drag: 33 pounds
Gear Ratio: 5.7:1
Ball Bearings: 4HPB + 1RB
Weight: 23 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $154.99

Penn Slammer III

Penn Slammer III

Penn Slammer III

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For decades, Penn Reels have been the gold standard for the bluewater enthusiast. Penn’s new Slammer III reels feature the IPX6 Sealed System, which keeps water completely out of the gear box and drag system, making the reels incredibly durable. Another update for the Slammer III is the new proprietary Dura-Drag material, making them among the smoothest drag of any spinning reel on the market. An oversized handle makes regaining line a breeze, too.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 435 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 540 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 43 inches
Max Drag: 60 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4.2:1
Ball Bearings: 7
Weight: 43.1 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $349.95

Penn Spinfisher V 10500

Penn Spinfisher V 10500

Penn Spinfisher V 10500

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The Spinfisher V Series spinning reels are a more advanced edition of the Spinfisher Series reels that feature Penn's new watertight design to protect the reel from salt water making its way into the gearbox or drag system. The sealed Slammer Drag System is made up of a total of three HT-100 drag washers with one on the top of the spool and two underneath the spool. The full metal body keeps precise gear alignment and the five shielded stainless steel ball bearings keep the battle smooth while under heavy pressure.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 415 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 580 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 42 inches
Max Drag: 40 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4.2:1
Ball Bearings: 6 shielded anti-rust
Weight: 43.5 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $199.95

Penn Torque II TRQ9500S

penn torque 2 TRQ9500S  spinning reel

Penn Torque II TRQ9500S

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The Torque TRQ9500S from Penn is a rugged spinning reel for heavy-duty saltwater fishing and is constructed on a one-piece aluminum frame. The fully sealed gearbox and HT-100 Versa-Drag system allows you to focus on fighting the fish rather than the performance of the reel, while providing up to 60 pounds of stopping power. The Torque II also features an integral clutch sleeve for instant anti-reverse to eliminate any back play of the rotor during hook sets. A unique system on the underside of the rotor allows an angler to choose between automatic or manual trip of the bail to meet different needs while fishing.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 330 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 490 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 50 inches
Max Drag: 60 pounds
Gear Ratio: 5.1:1
Ball Bearings: 10
Weight: 27.8 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $799.95

Shimano Saragosa SW 25000

Shimano Saragosa SW 25000

Shimano Saragosa SW 25000

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The Saragosa SW line of spinning reels from Shimano are made to be durable with their cam oscillation system as well as the X-Shield and X-Protect technology to fight saltwater intrusion. Designed for the blue-water angler and the species they target, the Saragosa SW 25000 reels offers up to 44 pounds of drag with a cross carbon, twin-drag design. The 4.4:1 gear ratio and 45 inches of retrieval allow anglers to get on the fish quickly with the power needed to subdue a large pelagic game fish.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (30 lb): 360 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 520 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 45 inches
Max Drag: 44 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4.4:1
Ball Bearings: 6 shielded anti-rust
Weight: 34.2 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $409.99

Shimano Stella SW 30000

Shimano Stella SW 30000

Shimano Stella SW 30000

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Shimano’s Stella series has proved to be incredibly popular with anglers around the world. The largest of the model line, the SW 30000, has all the features that offshore enthusiasts demand, including the ability to put over 40 pounds of drag pressure on tough game fish. This reel raises the bar in many ways, including a class-leading 14 ball bearings, its light-weight construction (just 34.9 ounces) and much more.

Specifications
Mono Line Capacity (40 lb): 340 yards
Braid Line Capacity (80 lb): 700 yards
Line Retrieve Per Crank: 52 inches
Max Drag: 44 pounds
Gear Ratio: 4.4:1
Ball Bearings: 14
Weight: 34.9 ounces
Retrieve: Reversible
MSRP: $1,419.99

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