December 16

Best Carp Fishing Reels

For those battle-hardened carp fishermen, using the best carp fishing reels brings a sense of confidence that when that elusive bite comes they will be able to respond without fail.

Many other fishermen who are just getting started may want this same sort of reliability, but can’t afford the comfort of quality.

For this reason, I have separated this blog post to talk about the best carp fishing reels and the best budget carp reels.

Not everybody can afford the best or needs to the best to have the type of enjoyable fishing experience they are looking for.

On a weekly basis, I run into people that are getting back into fishing and just want to get outside and feel the nostalgia of putting their bait in the water. I can help you achieve this with my FREE PDF offer that you have seen on the website. 

First and foremost, we must get the right carp fishing reel in your hands which requires knowing what you want so let’s move forward!

Best Carp Baitrunner Reels 2021

Below you will find the best options for carp baitrunner reels available. Each person has their own brand loyalty, but you should look beyond what you have currently used sometimes. You never know what you are missing until you try something new. With that in mind let’s check out your options!

Penn Spinfisher VI Live Liner

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This new addition to the Penn class of baitrunner reels is something you can use in freshwater and saltwater.

You will particularly enjoy the classic Penn gold look. You will find the baitrunner switch in the same position as usual.

The IPX5 sealing helps keep salt out of the reel so you don’t have to worry about geting rusty. The HT-100 drag washers will help you control large carp when you need to get them in quick.

Daiwa Tournament Basia BAS45QDA Carp Reel

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This reel has been made specifically for carp fishing, which is something that I am not quite used to hearing from Daiwa.

Most companies stick to being saltwater or freshwater, but not many will focus on a single fish outside of Bass or Walleye. However, people are starting to have Carp tournaments and that is the reason you are seeing a change. 

A secondary benefit is it is one of the best long casting spinning reels they have created. The size of the spool make this happen.

If you want to use super lightweight lures then you will find that this reel will provide a great experience for you!

Daiwa EMCAST LT BR

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If you are wondering what BR means it stands for Bite N’ Run. This is a way of saying this reel is made for fishing live bait.

It has the baitrunner technology with a manual switch to help you control how you do your fishing. This is a brand new reel by Daiwa in 2020.

It does only go from 2500 to 5000 series for size, but the fact that it has a Carbon Fiber body with a tournament-level drag system gives you exactly what you need.

Even their grease has a patent on it! A 5.2:1 gear ratio gives you the speed/power you need for carp fishing in any environment.

OKUMA Avenger ABF

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Okuma is no stranger to bait feeder reels. They actually have over 10 types that you can choose from. The Avenger ABF is the cream of the crop though. It has an automatic trip bait feeder and 7 ball bearings.

I personally own an Okuma reel for my surf rod and it absolutely smooth and has worked well for many years. 

One of the coolest parts is you can size this from 500 to 8000, which should cover all your needs.

It also has a cyclonic flow rotor that moves the spool in a way that helps dry the fishing line faster. This keeps your reel from getting wet and causing corrosion.

Shimano Baitrunner XTB CI4+ Longcast

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As far as I can tell this is the biggest baitrunner carp fishing reel that you will find on the market. With a size of 14000!

It comes with a 5500 spool as an accessory as well. As you can expect this is made specifically for carp fishing without having it in it’s name. 

You will find a large variety of technologies put into the reel to make it a perfectly tuned long casting reel.

It would be nice if it looked as cool as it actually is, but Shimano hasn’t really delved into selling people with their eyes.

Best Budget Carp Reels 2021

Sometimes we all don’t have the amount of money we hope we do at the end of the day to spend on fishing gear. This can be for many reasons and I have suggestions on how to help with this within my Everyday Fishing System video course. 

Instead of dwelling on our current problems let’s focus on what we can do. We can still go fishing and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Shimano Baitrunner Oceanic

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Amongst Shimano line of baitrunner reels the oceanic is their best budget version. Just because it is cheap doesn’t mean it won’t work well enough for what you require.

It has most of the great technologies needed for carp fishing along with the ability to purchase a 4000 to 12000 size spool.

It is one of those reels you don’t expect much from, but are surprised when you go a decade and wonder when it will fail so you can get a “cooler” looking one. That day probably won’t come, but you will have the money for one then.

OKUMA CB-60

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Known as the Customer Black spinning reel it has an artisanal feeling to it. The polished black metal along with the wood handle gives you a feeling of high quality and personalization. I am starting to feel like I want one of these.

The best part is the fact that it is on the cheaper side. You will see the reason for that in the specifications, but like many other baitrunner reels it will function just fine for carp fishing.

Daiwa Black Widow BR LT

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This is lightweight free spool fishing reel that is great for carp and trout. The smaller size is a compliment for some of us that don’t need the biggest and the baddest thing out there. 

It has all the longcast technology to get things done as well though.

Just like many other baitrunners the free spool feature can be customized to fit the kind of resistance that you require for your fishing.

In general, you can rely on Daiwa continuing to be a high quality fishing gear manufacturer from budget level to pro level.

Wychwood Riot Big Pit

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This particular option is not something that you will see often in America when looking for carp gear because this is from the UK.

Wychwood reels are known as the premium when it comes to carp fishing in Europe. I would be a fool to leave them out of the picture.

The best part about this reel is that it has that classic look of another reel we previously mentioned with the stained wood handle.

For some reason, it just looks like a true sportsman would be using this. I think I am getting to the age where I could handle one of these and look good doing it.

Fox EOS 12000

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Fox has become known for their quality, but also for the massive size of their spools. People actually requested for a larger size and they got it with the 12000.

Carp fishing has come a long way and manufacturers are trying to keep up with the trend, but do we need all the things?

If you ask any angler they would say that they wish they had all the things. However, they know as well as me that we don’t.

Having the best stuff will not ensure you win the tournament. However, that is what people think and that is why professional fishermen sponsorship is warranted. 

So the question is what do you need to catch your next big carp? I can assure you that FOX has exactly what you need when it comes to a budget carp fishing reel. Everything you need and nothing that you don’t!

What Size Reel For Carp Fishing?

It is generally known that the more line that your fishing reel can handle the better. It is also better if the spindle of the reel is bigger as well. For this reason, you will see many people stating that ranges above 10,000 are the best. However, you will do just fine with reels in the 5,000 range.

Quite simply bigger will help you be stronger when handling a large carp. The pulls of a carp can be quick and strong. Many amateur fishermen run into carp when the mayfly hatch happens, and their plastic lure looks a little too much like a hellgrammite or… it is one. 

Carp will attack these like smallmouth bass attack baitfish. It can be quite exciting and having the write baitrunner reel will help you handle all they have to offer and give you something to talk about to your friends at the end of the day.

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