Kastking Kodiak Spinning Reel Reviewed: High End For Under $100

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After the Kastking Sharky had accompanied me for a while and I am very satisfied with the role, I discovered the somewhat newer Kastking Kodiak and ordered it immediately.      My expectations were high, what this reel can do in salt water. For the price I expect a lot of roll for the money.  According to the manufacturer, the reel is made to be a sturdy workhorse and for saltwater use, as well as for big fish. The indicated braking force of my 5000` reel is a good 18 kg. That is a lot and no fish that can be caught in Germany should be able to take line from the reel. Well maybe some day the tunas, which were recently seen and caught again in the North Sea. But they haven’t arrived in German waters yet…

Table of Contents First impressionPractical testFeatures:The reel sizes in comparisonFazitKastking Kodiak spinning reelPrice performanceRobustheitPraxisTechnik Pros Cons

First impression

The reel comes from the box in a neoprene reel bag. Very nice, because this is usually more common for rolls over 300 €. The crank is then in a small extra pocket in the two divided neoprene bag.

I personally find the design really beautiful. The roll is in brown silver and gold. From the cardboard the roll already winds itself super easy. For a roll that is also for the rough and saltwater suitable is even very nice. The infinite backstop works perfectly and there is no backlash in any crank position. The brake knob is big and can really be turned so far that I cannot turn the spool directly.

Next I wound the reel with 0.18 mm braided and look: the winding pattern is very nice, even thinner braided ones should not be a problem. Washers to change the winding pattern were included with my reel anyway.

I only missed one spare spool, but unfortunately you can’t find it on every reel. I can do without the plastic spools, which are included in the package.

Practical test

To make a long story short: the reel did well in the practical test. The reel was used in the Philippines, but there it was not used very much and I only caught a few small catfish on it. The brake runs very smooth even if the reel has been lying around unused for a few months. The reel was pleasant to fish even in German waters and the large EVA handle fits well in the hand. Jerking with 100 grams of lure has been just as good with my 5000` spinning reel as speed jigging in the Mediterranean or normal fishing with plugs or spoons.    The slightly raised gear ratio makes spinning for hours also pleasant.  It looks very robust and is not a pure plastic reel, which is also reflected in its weight. This makes it interesting for longer rods or for heavy rods.

There are still two things to complain about. The thick and stable line hanger is very difficult to move in a crank position (quite typical for most reels). I also don’t like the plastic brake knob, but even these have become standard.

Features:

  • 18kg brake force in every size
  • Aluminium spool
  • Metal – plastic composite reel body
  • CNC aluminium crank
  • Extra thick axle
  • 10 + 1 sealed ball bearings
  • Gearboxes made of brass and stainless steel

The roll sizes in comparison

A Daiwa Lexa size 3000 weighs 315g for comparison. The ultra light Stradic Ci 4+ weighs 190g. For me personally, a too light reel is of no use, because I like to fish 2.7-3 m rods and they quickly become top-heavy. So a not so light weight reel is just right for me.

Conclusion

For the price again unrivalled good. I can recommend the reel and would buy it again. Absolutely high end is not the reel for sure, but it can easily keep up with some 150 € spinning reels. Meanwhile I have been fishing the reel for almost a year and wouldn’t want to miss it anymore! Perfect for fishing for pike and other larger predators. Also the smaller bigger ones should be top to catch perch, trout and other predators. Therefore my conclusion: a lot of reel for the money.

Update: Apparently there are also some production tolerances on this roll and some Monday models in doubt have buyer protection. Nevertheless, this is annoying, which is why I have corrected the rating of the roll downwards. In case the string laying does not fit, you can either remove the white washers under the spool or add more. There are some included in the package.

Do you have questions about the reel or the test? Just write me a comment.

Kastking Kodiak spinning reel 8.8 Price-performance ratio 9.0/10 Robustness 9.0/10 Practical use 9.0/10 Technique 8.0/10 Pros Soft runningFavourable18 kg braking power Cons No replacement spool Kastking Kodiak on Ebay

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