The Lew’s BB-1 Lineup Expands and goes Pro
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Introduction: Lew’s reels have quickly become top sellers and anglers
have grown to love the balance of performance, features and overall value that
the lineup offers. The Lew’s baitcasters look and feel like a complete family of
reels with offerings designed for various applications and at all price points.
This ICAST the spotlight was on the venerable BB1 and the new variations that
the company was rolling out which included a new Inshore and Pro Series.
When Lews redesigned the BB1 they priced it aggressively at
159.99 and offered it in a multi-stop anti reverse so that it would meet the
expectations of today’s anglers. They also boldly offered a zero anti reverse
model in three retrieves for purists looking for classic feel and ultimate
casting distance. One fan of these reels is none other than Bassmaster Classic
Champion, David Fritts, who knows a thing or two about casting long distance
when cranking. We are currently in process of field testing these models and it
was interesting to get his unique take on these reels at the show, and he also
spent a few minutes talking about how to maximize casting distance.
The BB1 Series gets a new Inshore reel designed
with extra corrosion resistance
Building off the success of the BB1 the company is targeting
saltwater anglers with the Inshore model which is instantly distinguishable with
the silver finish. This reel has three external drain ports and a double
anodized spool, handle and spool tension knob for extra corrosion resistance.
This reel has anodized components throughout
The reel has a multi setting brake system with both internal
centrifugal brakes and external centrifugal brakes. To step up to hard pulling
saltwater fish the Inshore comes loaded with a carbon drag system that provides
up to 14lbs of drag power. This new series comes 1ith 7+1 bearings, 6.4:1 and
7.1:1 ratios and weighs in at only 7.8oz., and will retail for $199.99 each.
The Pro Series further maximizes casting distance
by minimizing line friction
Retailing for the exact same amount is the new BB1 Pro Series
which picks up right where the BB1 leaves off. The reel is also available with a
multi-stop or zero reverse anti-reverse and features a one piece die-cast
aluminum frame with graphite sideplates.
The Pro BB1 has an externally adjustable
centrifugal cast control system
The reel gets a 10 or 9+1 bearing system and comes in 5.1:1 in
multi-stop and 6.4:1 and 7.1:1 ratios in zero reverse configurations. The reel
has upgraded guts with a Duralumin drive train and spool and the reel has a
sportier look and feel with a bowed lightweight carbon fiber reel handle. The
BB1 pro has an externally adjustable centrifugal cast control system which makes
it easy to change settings on the fly.
The BB2 has a wide deep spool
Finally the company is also rolling out a new swimbait reel based
around the series called the BB2. The BB2 has a wide spool and is designed to
handle everything from swimbaits to A-rigs with 190yds./14lb line capacity.
These reels have an internally adjusted centrifugal cast control system and
basically look like a beefier BB1.
The BB2 may look like the BB1 but is designed for
big baits and A-Rigs
The new BB2 reels will be available in 6.4:1 and 7.1:1 retrieve
ratios and weigh in a very reasonable 7.4oz. and will retail for the very
affordable price of only $169.99 dollars. It seems that whatever your
application this season the BB1/BB2 Series from Lew’s has you covered. Stay
tuned for our in-depth review of the BB1 as we get close to finishing up all our
new product reports from ICAST.