Another ICAST winner, Shimano’s new Stradic FK spinning-reel series offers three models suited for a variety of inshore species: ST-C3000HG, ST-4000XG and ST-C5000XG. The Hagane metal body eliminates flexing and boosts impact resistance; the cold-forged drive gear and X-Ship provide casting smoothness and power. The Stradic C3000 with its 6-to-1 gear ratio retrieves 35 inches of line per crank. With 6.2-to-1 ratios, the C4000 and C5000 take in 39 and 41 inches, respectively. All feature cold-forged aluminum spools.
$199.99 to $229.99; fish.shimano.com