KastKing Makes Higher-End Reels that are Still
Accessible to All Anglers. Meet the MegaJaws
Introduction: Refinement and speed are two highly-desirable traits
when it comes to fishing reels. From fighting fish to simply reeling in your rig
for another cast, everybody loves a reel that delivers performance and
efficiency along with a quality feel. This year, KastKing’s new products include
reels which are designed to perform at higher levels. Admittedly, KastKing is
not a brand I was extremely familiar with, so a swing by the booth was in order
to get the scoop on exactly what they’ve been up to.
KastKing is known for delivering quality reels at very
Elite Spinning Reel: Whether it’s drop-shotting in 40 feet of water or
skipping shallow docks with a wacky rig, a fast spinning reel allows you to
rapidly retrieve your rig which equals more presentations throughout the day.
Boasting 7.4:1 gear ratios and retrieve ratings of 38.6 inches-per-turn (2000
size) and 42.1 inches-per-turn (3000 size), the new KastKing Speed Demon Elite
Spinning Reels deliver some serious efficiency.
The Demon Elite is a compact yet very fast spinning reel
has loaded up these reels with other features which included CNC-machined
aluminum alloy bodies and side covers, carbon fiber rotors, anodized aluminum
spools, hardened machined main gears, machined aluminum handles with eva knobs,
and 10 + 1 MaxiDur double-shielded stainless bearings. Each reel is also said to
offer powerful carbon fiber drag setups with up to 17.6 pounds of pressure on
tap. The 2000 size weighs 8.9 ounces while the 3000 model hits the scales at 9.1
ounces. These reels are available now at a price of $99.99.
The Demon Elite casting reel delivers a lot for only $119
Elite Casting Reel: These aluminum-framed reels weigh just 6.7 ounces and
come in 8.6:1 ratios (34 inches per turn) or crazy-fast 10.5:1 ratios (42 inches
per turn) for rapid retrieves. Inside the reel, KastKing built the Demon Elites
with features like an aluminum main gear, a pinion gear supported by two
bearings, and a powerful carbon drag exerting up to 18 pounds of force. Of note,
a couple unique design aspects include the tapered “funnel” line guide for
smoother casts, a line memory dial which allows you to keep track of what line
is spooled onto the reel, and a centrifugal braking system with external dial
for fine-tuned adjustments. Each gear ratio is offered in both a Right or Left
hand retrieve. These reels are available now for $119.99.
Probably the signature casting reel in the KastKing lineup
is the instantly recognizable MegaJaws
MegaJaws Elite Casting Reel: Sporting a highly-palmable design, the MegaJaws
Elite Casting Reels are said to weigh just 6.3 ounces thanks to the aluminum
frame with carbon fiber sideplate construction. Brimming with features, some of
the key aspects include an aluminum main gear, drag stack capable of producing
up to 17.6 pounds of pressure, a swing-away sideplate, and flipping switch for
shallow water convenience.
A look at the KastKing AMB braking system
the most intriguing feature of these reels is the AMB or Auto Magnetic Braking
system. Basically, this is a spring-loaded centrifugal braking system that is
designed with two opposing springs (two heavy, two light). As a cast is made,
all of the springs expand outward, but as the casting speed slows the stronger
springs retract first followed by the other two as the spool slows further. For
even more control, there’s also an exterior magnetic braking dial so you can
really get precise with your settings.
An extremely fast and feature-rich reel for only $120
be a red version with 9.1:1 ratio and gunmetal with 7.3:1 ratio. This reel is
expected to be out anywhere from later this year through spring 2022 with
pricing around $120.
A new MegaJaws spinning reel joins the lineup
MegaJaws Elite Spinning Reel: Alongside the casting version is the MegaJaws
Elite spinning reel. This reel is built with a “Uni-frame” one-piece aluminum
body which KastKing says allows the gears to “...perfectly align with two frame
ball bearings, 100% perpendicular with main shaft providing the smoothest
spinning reel available today.”
Designed to be refined, smooth, and it is hard to believe
this reel is only $129 dollars. KastKing continues to make quality reels more
accessible to all anglers
a hard aluminum main gear, 10+1 bearings, one-piece bail, and lightweight
carbon-fiber rotor, this reel puts out up to 12 pounds of power thanks to its
carbon drag stack. Weighing just 6.5 ounces, this reel should match up nicely to
your favorite lightweight spinning rod. Just a 2500 size spinning reel will be
available to start. These are expected to launch just after the MegaJaws Elite
Casting Reels and should be priced around $129. As usual KastKing is making
quality product accessible to anglers.