Big Reels: Editors Picks

Check out these three ultra-tough big-fish reels. NAF Editors say these are three reels that you need in your arsenal.

Abu Garcia

Revo Toro NaCl - MSRP: $299.95

  • 5.4:1 (26 inches of line per turn); 6.4:1 (30.9 inches of line per turn)
  • 6+1 stainless ball bearings
  • X2-Craftic allow frame and sideplate
  • Extra-wide line capacity, 330 yards/30-pound
  • Carbon Matrix drag system
  • Sealed Centrifugal brake system
  • Weighs 11 ounces
  • Available in left-handed model? Yes

    Rating: 5/5

    Comments: Match the low-profile frame with massive horsepower and impeccable durability and you have a reel that rocks. Plus, its badass paint job seems to just attract the big fish. With the included power handle, cranking big blades or deep-diving crankbaits is a cinch and won't wear you out. Whether you're tossing giant swimbaits for huge western bass or seeking angry muskies in the Northland, this reel will work for you. You won't be disappointed with this sucker, that's for sure.


    Calcutta 400B – MSRP: $229.99

    • 5.0:1 (24 inches of line per turn)
    • 3 ball bearings
    • Cold forged aluminum frame, sideplates and spool
    • Variable Braking System (VBS)
    • Line clicker
    • Saltwater friendly
    • 160 yards of 80-pound line
    • 17.5-pound max drag
    • Weighs 11.7 ounces

    Available in left-hand models? Yes

    Rating: 4.5/5

    Comments: This tried and true reel will perform just about every task you could put it through, except burning big double-10s or 13s muskies—that’s what the Tranx is for. The Calcutta has been a go-to and old reliable for many years and that reputation will stand the test of time. Whether it’s giant largemouths, stripers, pike or muskies, this reel needs a spot in your arsenal, ideal for long days of trolling or casting. You have my personal guarantee on this big guy—I always have one on my boat deck when in muskie waters.—


    EXO PT 300 – MSRP: $299.95

    • 7.1:1 (35 inches of line per turn), 6.6:1 (32 inches of line per turn) and 5.3:1 (25 inches of line per turn)
    • 6+1 ball bearings
    • Solid brass PT main gear and crank shaft for added strength and durability
    • Oversize line guide opening for leader knot clearance
    • Comes with a standard double-paddle handle as well as an oversize power handle
    • 200 yards of 20-pound line
    • 20-pound drag
    • Weighs 7.5 ounces

    Available in left-hand models? Yes

    Rating: 4/5

    Comments: Not a reel for heavy or hard-pulling baits, or ulta-heavy lines like 80-plus-pound braids, but this sexy reel is perfect for deep diving cranks like Rapala’s DT-20, Strike King 10 XD. It’s also an amazing selection for A-rigs, heavy football jigs on flippin’ sticks. However, for small single-blade bucktails like a Bluefox No. 5 or 6, the reel will perform flawlessly.—

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