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KastKing Royale Legend Review – An Excellent Reel for Bass Fishing

KastKing Royale Legend Review

It’s quite impressive how much KastKing can put into a reel and still make it very affordable.

This is the main reason KastKing made it to the top of the best reels list alongside Daiwa, Abu Garcia, and Okuma.

The KastKing Royale Legend is a low profile baitcasting. Being less bulky than other reels makes the line lay closer to the rod.

KastKing Royale Legend In-Depth Review

The KastKing Royale Legend’s gear ratio is 7.0:1 which qualifies it to be a high-speed baitcasting reel.

It has 11 ball bearings and an anti-reverse one. They’re all corrosion-resistant that enable the reel to work with a perfect combination of smoothness and silence.

The precision gears are CNC-machined so they mesh just right and make the retrieve powerful and smooth.

The Dual Braking system is unique to the KastKing Royale Legend. The braking system helps you control the deceleration of the spool when you cast it.

This means that the better your system is, the easier the cast is and the less backlash there is.

The fact that the KastKing Royale Legend comes with dual braking system means you’ll get superb spool deceleration tuning.

This is thanks to the fact that it combines the centrifugal system that uses friction to slow the spool and the magnetic system that uses the polarization of actual magnets to produce the same result.

Furthermore, the KastKing Royale Legend comes with a superb drag system that utilizes carbon fiber discs. This drag system delivers a lot of force that enables the reel to drag up to 17.5 pounds.

Read more: 6 best reels for Bass you can buy right now.

Its name comes from the fact that the control lever next to the handle is star-shaped.

Even though its weight is very low at 7.6 ounces, the spool is made quite tough and is able to withstand whatever force you put on it.

This is thanks to the wiffle design that cuts down a lot of the weight because of the patterned holes.

In total, this creates an amazing balance between the reel and the rod.

Baitcasting reels typically use line guides and the Royale Legend isn’t any different. The guide moves back and forth as you turn the handle so that the line doesn’t bunch up on the spool and get tangled up.

Moreover, the handle of the KastKing Royale Legend comes with dual grips that repel water to prevent the reel from slipping.

The dual grips feature an EVA foam padding and the flat design adds to the comfort of the grip and makes the whole reel easy to use.

Finally, the KastKing Royale Legend is suitable for both saltwater and freshwater fishing as well as both a right-handed and a left-handed retrieve.


  • Affordable price point
  • Operates very smoothly and quietly
  • Light carbon fiber drag system
  • Has a precision cut bass gear structure


  • May need a lot of maintenance if you want to keep it in prime condition

KastKing Royale Legend Summary

The KastKing Royale Legend is a tournament-ready reel that’s both affordable and offers top-notch performance. It’s a great budget choice that will provide you with just about everything you need.


Shimano Spirex FG Review – A Great Reel for Catching Bass

Shimano Spirex FG Review

The Shimano Spirex FG comes at a great price. But don’t let the fact that it comes at less than 100 dollars fool you that its performance is substandard. 

In fact, the Shimano Spirex FG comes with some of the features found on higher-end and more expensive Shimano models.

Shimano Spirex FG In-Depth Review

Together the side plate, rotor, and graphite frame give you the ultimate combination for strength and lightness.

Read more: Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing - Buyer's Guide

The aluminum spool comes braid-ready and enables you to use a wide range of line sizes including a 30-pound braid.

Moreover, the Shimano Spirex FG comes with a one-handed QuickFire II casting system and a propulsion line management system that consists of 5 key elements: the spool lip, bail wire, roller, bail trip, and cam) that have been redesigned to minimize friction and increase the uniformity of the movement of the line.

This makes line management a breeze and maximizes the accuracy of your casting and fishing.

The Shimano Spirex FG features both a Varispeed Oscillation and a Fluid Drive that make all your retrieves as smooth as they can.

Furthermore, the Dyna-balance feature virtually eliminates the wobble during retrieves by counter-balancing the rotor to improve both the smoothness and sensitivity.

There are 3 models for the Shimano Spirex FG.

The first is the SR1000FG that weighs 8.8  ounces, has a 6.2:1 gear ratio, a maximum drag of 7 pounds, and retrieves 28 inches of line per crank.

The second is the SR2500 that weighs 10.6 ounces, has a 6.2:1 gear ratio, a maximum drag of 15 pounds, and retrieves 32 inches of line per crank.

The third is the SR4000 that weighs 13.9 ounces, has a 5.7:1 gear ratio, a maximum drag of 20 pounds, and retrieves 33 inches of line per crank.

Which makes it the best-suited model for fishing for harder fish that put on tougher battles.

In addition, the Fluidrive gearing ensures that your reel comes with the highest tolerance and unmatched control in the gear-cutting process for a powerful and smooth retrieve every time.

Finally, the double-padded handle makes keeping a grip on it a lot more comfortable and makes winding longer casts a lot easier.


  • ​Suitable for all kinds of fishing
  • The rotor is lightweight
  • Features a Power Roller III
  • The rear-drag system is superb
  • The components are of high quality


  • ​Not the best reel for beginners
  • Doesn’t  have that great line capacity

Shimano Spirex FG Summary

The Shimano Spirex FG maneuvers around the pitfalls of cheaper reels as well as it would help you maneuver your way around catching the toughest fish.

The different models offer you different drag capacities that would suit your needs and they all come at the same affordable price.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review – A Great Shimano Ultralight Reel

Shimano Stradic CI4+ Review

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s Magnumlite (MGL) rotor makes it 25% lighter than its predecessors.

 You’ll need less inertia to operate your reel as you can easily start or stop your retrieve. This makes your overall experience smoother.

The center of gravity of the reel has been cleverly moved nearer to the rod, and consequently your hand’s position.

This gives you more comfort and lessens the fatigue and strain of your wrist thanks to the G-Free body design.

Furthermore, it emphasizes your feeling of the strike as well as your fight against your catch.

Check out our guide for Shimano ultralight reels.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ In-Depth Review

Your Shimano Stradic Ci4+ will withstand all kinds of weather and situations thanks to its advanced CoreProtect 360-degree water resistance.

This extends the longevity of the reel and makes it a lot more durable.

Moreover, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s carbon fiber body is super light. At just 6.7 ounces, it can only be compared to higher-end and more expensive reels.

Its gear ratio is 6:1, retrieves 35 inches of line per crank and can handle drags up to 20 pounds.

Both the aluminum spool and super-hard Hagane drive gears are cold forged.

This makes the spool is more powerful and beats the die-cast aluminum or graphite ones while it makes the drive gears smoother and more fluid, especially when under bigger loads.

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is provided with an X-ship combination of features that work together on maximizing the efficiency of the reel.

X-ship delivers a more accurate and smoother gear system that positions a bearing on the pinion.

This exclusively unique addition proves very helpful when you’re in tough situations or if you’re fighting bigger fish.

Moreover, there’s a pinion gear near the center line of the large diameter drive gear which ensures more power going to the rotor instead of the handle.

The pinion gear is supported by 2 Shimano A-RB roller bearings that make the performance of the reel more stable while reducing the pinion gear twist and the deflection of the rotor.

The 6 S A-RB shielded stainless steel ball bearings minimize the chances of any salt, dirt, or water penetrating your reel and messing with its smoothness.

The Super Stopper II anti-reverse utilized on the Stradic Ci4+ allows you to set your hook instantly with no back play in the reel.

It would have been better if the anti-reverse bearing was a little bigger, but it still does an incredible job anyway.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s spool has an improved AR-C design and a power roller. These features help reduce the line twists and wind knots as well as reduce line twist to about half the amount.

As promised, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ has one of the best line management on any spinning reel you can find on the market.


  • Drag is very quick
  • Almost complete water resistance
  • Very smooth operation
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Superb line management


  • A little less affordable than other rivals
  • The anti-reverse switch could use some enlargement

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Summary

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is an overall great real that gives you value for your money. It has all the features you could seek: lightness, smoothness, strength, and durability at a mid-range price.

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