KastKing Sharky II

The KastKing Sharky II is one of the better all around spinning reels for both the freshwater and saltwater angler. This is an upgraded model which is lighter and stronger than it’s original version boasting more carbon fiber drag washers, more ball bearings with less weight and increased line capacity. And this reel will not break the budget with the reasonable price of about $55 for the largest model.

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Some notable features of this reel include:

  • 10 + 1 shielded stainless steel bearings
  • Instant stop anti-reverse
  • Triple disc carbon fiber drag system
  • Up to 41.5 LBs of smooth carbon fiber drag on the 6000 model
  • Upgraded 30% stronger precision mesh brass gears
  • Stainless steel shaft
  • Lighter yet stronger large capacity machined aluminum spool

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MODELS

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There are 6 models to choose from, however, these are the 4 main models necessary to get the job done:

Sharky II 1500

  • Weight 7.05oz/200g
  • Max Drag 11LB/5KG
  • Gear Ratio 5.2:1
  • Braid Capacity 0.205mm/150m, 0.235/100, 0.26/70
  • Mono Capacity 6LB/165Yds, 8/110, 10/75

Sharky II 4000

  •  Weight 11.18oz/317g
  • Max Drag 28.5LB/13KG
  • Gear Ratio 5.2:1
  • Braid Capacity 0.31mm/170m, 0.33/150, 0.37/115
  • Mono Capacity 14LB/185Yds, 16/165, 20/125

Sharky II 5000

  • Weight 11.64oz/330g
  • Max Drag 28.5LB/13KG
  • Gear Ratio 5.2:1
  • Braid Capacity 0.33mm/190m, 0.35/170, 0.37/150
  • Mono Capacity 16LB/210Yds, 18/185, 20/165

Sharky II 6000

  • Weight 16.52oz/468.5g
  • Max Drag 41.5LB/19KG
  • Gear Ratio 4.9:1
  • Braid Capacity 0.405mm/195m, 0.435/165, 0.47/145
  • Mono Capacity 22LB/215Yds, 25/180, 30/160

KastKing Mela II

Around this area during this time of year, everyone is itching to get outdoors or just out of the house. We’ve been teased with some warmer temps as of late and had days that you can’t help but want to wet a line and do some freshwater fishing. The reel I’m showcasing today is one that you ought to take a look at when getting ready to hit the local freshwater scene.

NEW for 2017! The KastKing Mela II Spinning Reel is light, smooth, powerful, and comes with a FREE spare spool! Mela spinning reels are a great addition to your fishing tackle and could be used whether you’re freshwater or saltwater fishing. Compare a Mela spinning reel by KastKing with a free spare graphite spool to a similar size fishing reel from other brands that cost more. KastKing proudly manufactures quality fishing reels, fishing rods, fishing line, and fishing tackle management products. KastKing Keeps Fishing Fun!

Key Features: 
• 10 + 1 ball bearings and instant stop roller bearing and stainless steel main shaft

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• precision ultra-mesh brass gears with powerful gear ratios

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• triple disc carbon fiber drag washers

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• Corrosion resistant components

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• Right / Left interchangeable CNC aluminum handle

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KastKing Mela II 2000

  • Weight – 7.09oz/201g
  • Max Drag – 20lb/9kg
  • Gear Ratio – 5.2:1
  • Line Cap – .185mm/250m, .235mm/150m, .285mm/100m
  • Mono Cap – 5lb/270yds, 8lb/160yds, 12lb/110yds

KastKing Mela II 3000

  • Weight – 8.32oz/236g
  • Max Drag – 24lb/11kg
  • Gear Ratio – 5.2:1
  • Line Cap – .235mm/180m, .285mm/130m, .335mm/100m
  • Mono Cap – 8lb/200yds, 12lb/130yds, 16lb/110yds

KastKing Mela II 4000

  • Weight – 8.68oz/246g
  • Max Drag – 26lb/12kg
  • Gear Ratio – 5.2:1
  • Line Cap – .285mm/120m, .335mm/100m, .375mm/80m
  • Mono Cap – 12lb/130yds, 16lb/120yds, 20lb/90yds

Daiwa Opus

The Daiwa Opus Saltwater Spinning Reel is perfect for boat, jetty, pier, or use in the surf. A heavy action reel for freshwater, but can also handle the harsh elements and rigors of saltwater, Opus can do just about everything.

The features of this reel include:

  • Infinite Anti-Reverse (Double Stopper)
  • Smooth, multi-disc drag
  • Twist Buster line twist reduction
  • Ball bearing, plus roller bearing
  • ABS Composite Spool
Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
OP4500 XH / H 1BB, 1RB 4.6:1 39.1″ 20.1 MONO: 12/360, 14/290, 17/220 33
OP5000 – / H 1BB, 1RB 4.6:1 39.1″ 19.9 MONO: 14/340, 17/250, 20/190 33
OP5500 – / XH 1BB, 1RB 3.4:1 32.4″ 24.7 MONO: 20/290, 25/230, 30/190 33
OP6000 – / XH 1BB, 1RB 3.4:1 32.4″ 24.5 MONO: 25/260, 30/220, 40/160 33

FW = Freshwater, SW = Saltwater

BB = Stainless Steel Ball Bearing, RB Roller Bearing

Pros

  • Ambidextrous reel – works for right and left hand
  • Easy drag set
  • Smooth retrieval
  • Very reasonably priced

Cons

  • There have been cases of the bail arm being tight when first being used
  • The reels are pretty heavy for casting lures and holding the rod all day long, but if you plan on making a cast and putting the pole in a sandspike, then that is not a problem whatsoever.

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Okuma Ceymar C-30

The Okuma Ceymar Lightweight Spinning Reel- C-30 is turning heads as the price tag on this is under $50 on most models! No one can believe that there can be so much performance with a price tag like that!

These reels have powerful forged aluminum handle arms with premium EVA knobs, a precision elliptical gearing system which includes machine cut brass pinion gears for durability, and seven bearings with quick set anti-reverse bearings that deliver fluid performance and commanding hook sets.

Ceymar Spinning Reels have lightweight handling, a blade body design that is ultra compact, along with a spool and computer balanced rotor that is ported to extreme levels to reduce weight.

  • Heavy duty, solid aluminum bail wire
  • Machined aluminum 2-tone anodized spool
  • Multi-disc, oiled felt drag system
  • Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
  • Corrosion resistant graphite body
  • Narrow blade body design for reduced fatique
  • One year manufacturer’s warranty

The reel comes in various sizes for all your needs.

Okuma Ceymar Lightweight Spinning Reel

  • 6.0oz, 5.0:1 Gear Ratio and Line Cap of 210yds/2lb test

The smallest Ceymar in the family, the C-10 is perfect for 2- to 6-pound test fishing line. A great choice for fishing trout, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and small perch where larger gear can easily over power fish. Pair it with an ultra-light fishing rod for a great combination. The C-10 is also a great choice for small ice fishing outfits.

Okuma Ceymar C-30

  • 8.2oz, 5.0:1 Gear Ratio and Line Cap of 200yd/6lb test

Okuma Ceymar C-40

  • 10oz, 5.0:1 Gear Ratio and Line Cap of 270yd/8lb test

These intermediate sizes suite the vast majority of anglers that fish for bass, walleye, steelhead, carp, catfish and more. The 30 size is more for finesse applications like drop-shotting bass or jigging walleye with 6- to 8-pound line. The 40 size has larger capacity, for bigger lures and fish like steelhead and catfish with 10- to 12-pound line.

Okuma Ceymar C-55

  • 14.2oz, 4.5:1 Gear Ratio and Line Cap of 240yd/15lb test

The 55-size spinning reel offers a lot of versatility in inshore saltwater environments. Striped bass, snook, redfish, shallow water bottom fish are all in the wheelhouse of this highly capable reel. It will hold roughly 240-yards of 15-pound monofilament line. Many will fish this reel with 20- to 30-pound braided lines.

Okuma Ceymar C-65

  • 17.0oz, 4.8:1 Gear Ratio and Line Cap of 210yd/20lb test

At the 65-size, Ceymar reels come equipped with oversized Ergo Grip for exceptional cranking power. It’s the reel of choice for bigger water applications where a lot of line capacity is necessary. In saltwater, the C-65 will be great for fishing over reefs or casting long distances from piers and jetties. In freshwater, this reel will often be fished for catfish in big rivers and lakes.