Best Bottom Fishing Reel

A bottom fishing reel is a standard, midsized reel—best used to catch fish that weigh (on average) somewhere between 25 and 200 pounds. Because the bottom reel is so commonplace in fishing, it can prove difficult to choose between the options available. Selecting the right brand, let alone the right model within a range, is a difficult task. For this reason, we have created a brief guide to buying the best saltwater bottom fishing reel. This guide will outline and review two high quality products for you to consider. You will also find a set criteria for you to refer to, should you choose to research and select your own choice of products independently of this guide.

By the way, you might also want to check out our guide on the best pontoon rod holders.


A List of Criteria to Look For When Buying a Bottom Fishing Reel

When buying a bottom fishing reel, there are a number of factors for you to keep in mind. The following list of criteria will allow you to find the reel that best meets your needs.


Size of Spool

Depending on the type of fish you intend to catch, you will have to determine the size of the spool you will need for your reel.


Weight of the Reel

Depending on your build and your personal preferences, you may prefer to opt for either a lighter, more streamlined reel—or a bulkier, heavier duty model. This is something you should establish before you begin your search.



Fishing can, at times, prove to be an expensive hobby. You should therefore determine your budget before you begin searching for your reel, in the interest of saving you time and energy.


Best Saltwater Bottom Fishing Reel: In Review

The following reviews outline the pros and cons of two, high quality products that we recommend you consider (if not purchase outright.) In general, you should aim to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each product that appeals to you before committing. This will help you determine whether the product is actually a good fit, or if it simply appears to be on the surface (due in part to good advertising etc.)


Bottom Fishing Reel Review #1: Shimano Torium SW Reel

This Shimano Torium reel is a durable, reliable model for you to consider. It can be spooled with a braid, and will cast and retrieve effortlessly. It provides a smooth and functional experience, and one that will allow you to catch saltwater fish with more ease and less struggle.


What We Love:

  • This is a compact and light reel that is easy to handle and will allow you to fish with minimal effort (and an easy drag.)
  • It provides an easy-to-install reel clamp, allowing you accessorize it as you please.

What We Don’t Love:

Some customers have reported a grinding sound when casting and retrieving. It’s unclear whether this is a fault in the mechanism of the reel or simply a result of overuse, either way it may require customers to order a replacement product.


Bottom Fishing Reel Review #1: Penn US Senator Reel  

The Penn reel features a fully machined aluminum frame, and offers a high degree of quality craftsmanship. There are many reinforcements featured throughout, as well as the use of several sturdy metals, that make this a very viable option for you to consider.

What We Love:

  • This reel is made from a combination of sturdy, stainless steel and aluminum metals. It is very durable, and able to withstand the normal wear-and-tear of fishing, as well as the retrieval of heavier fish in larger bodies of saltwater.
  • Braid backing can be added to this reel to increase spool capacity, meaning that the reel can be used for fishing larger breeds or varieties.

What We Don’t Love:

  • This reel is almost unanimously well reviewed by most sources. We can’t fault the high level of craftsmanship featured throughout this product, as well as the use of sturdy and reliable metals. If you’re looking for a midsized, bottom fishing reel then this is certainly an option worthy of your consideration.


Best Bottom Fishing Reel: In Conclusion

When searching for the best bottom fishing reel to fit your needs, you should make special considerations as to what it is that you’re looking for. Beginning your search with a clear and concise idea of what it is that you, ideally, want (and what it is that you, realistically, can afford) will allow you to make the most of your search—and ultimately find the best product for your needs.

As with any purchase, research will go a long way in ensuring that you find a reel that is not only reliable and certain to last longer than less durable products—but that is good match for you. This means that it will be effective in helping you fish in your chosen climate, in your chosen location at your chosen time of year without any logistical hurdles. – avel

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