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Top 11 cheap conventional reels

Conventional fishing reels are widely used for seawater species like tuna, mackerel, and grouper. They are also known as overhead reels. They mount perpendicular to the rod, unlike a spinning reel mounted in parallel.

Conventional reel provides direct drive while also communicating more of the line’s vibrations. This allows the angler to know what is happening based on feel.

We offer you 11 best cheap conventional reels.

Top 11

PENN Rival Level Wind PENN Special Senator Star Drag PENN Squall Star Drag PENN Fathom II Level Wind PENN Squall Lever Drag Reel PENN Warfare Level Wind TLD TORIUM TRINIDAD TALICA TIAGRA
PENN Rival Level Wind PENN Special Senator Star Drag PENN Squall Star Drag PENN Fathom II Level Wind PENN Squall Lever Drag Reel PENN Warfare Level Wind TLD TORIUM TRINIDAD TALICA TIAGRA
Anti-reverse feature Multi-Stop Multi-Stop Instant Anti-Reverse Instant Anti-Reverse - - - - - Multi-Stop Instant Anti-Reverse
Bearing count 6 2 5 3 - - - - - 2 7
Braid capacity yd/lb 1075/30 750/50 625/65 1020/30 710/50 590/65 895/65 770/80 660/100 580/20 435/30 305/50 - - - - - 625/50 525/65 450/80 625/50 500/65 440/80
Brand PENN PENN PENN PENN Shimano Shimano Shimano Shimano Shimano PENN PENN
Color Black Gold Black/Silver Black Gold Black/Red/Smoke - - - - - Red/Black Black Gold
Drag material Dura Drag HT-100 HT-100 HT-100 - - - - - HT-100 HT-100
Drag type Lever Drag Star Drag Star Drag Star Drag - - - - - Star Drag Star Drag
Gear ratio 5.1:1 3.9:1 3.7:1 5.1:1 6.2:1 5.7:1 6.3:1 4.0:1 3.9:1 4.0:1 6.0:1
Max drag lb 20lb | 9.0kg 15lb | 6.8kg 30lb | 13.6kg 15lb | 6.8kg - - - - - 11lb | 4.9kg 20lb | 9.0kg
Model SQL30LD RIV15LW FTHII15LW WAR15LW - - - - - 112H2 SQL12
Mono capacity yd/lb 490/25 360/30 300/40 455/25 370/30 285/40 430/40 320/50 285/60 375/12  320/15  215/20 - - - - - 450/20 300/30 250/40 440/20 300/30 250/40
Reel handle position Left Right Right Right - - - - - Right Right
Reel size 40 30 50 15 - - - - - 112 30
Retrieve rate 37" | 94cm 27" | 69cm 30" | 76cm 29" | 74cm - - - - - 29" | 74cm 40" | 102cm
Weight 20.90 22.60 27.00 17.80 - - - - - 22.00 18.50

PENN Rival Level Wind

The PENN Rival was engineered to be an extremely versatile all-around reel at an affordable price. Features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates with aluminum frame rings for improved rigidity to prevent frame-flex.  HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads. Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish.

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PENN Special Senator Star Drag

The PENN Senator needs no introduction. First launched in 1936, the Senator Series has endured the test of time. The Senator is world- renowned for being a universal, respected star drag reel. Its rugged design allows it to be an offshore workhorse that has amassed more IGFA big game world records than any other reel in the industry.The Senator is designed to be a low gear ratio winch, it will pull anything off the bottom. HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads.  Stainless Steel Frame Rings Stainless steel frame rings enhances rigidity to prevent frame-flex.

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PENN Squall Star Drag

The PENN Squall Star Drag is lightweight, quick on the retrieve, and extremely castable due to its revolutionary Live Spindle design. The Powerful HT-100™ drag system can put the brakes on any big kingfish or yellowtail.

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PENN Fathom II Level Wind

The PENN Fathom II Level Wind's heavy duty construction and powerful gears make it a true workhorse and favorite of charter boat Captains. It is designed to handle extreme abuse day-in and day-out. Whether you are bottom-fishing or casting live bait, the Fathom II will stand up to the hardest fishing conditions. A Full Metal Body keeps precise gear alignment while the Fast Gear Access Side Plate allows for easy maintenance. The Fathom II also houses our powerful HT-100 drag system to stop any fish that bites. Available in standard, line counter and left hand models

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PENN Squall Lever Drag Reel

The PENN Squall Lever Drag is lightweight and ergonomic. Made from graphite for its lightweight and corrosion resistant benefits. Stainless steel gears with a high speed gear ratio make the Squall LD perfect for nearshore trolling for kings and dolphin. Our proprietary Dura-Drag system will be there when you hook that big wahoo and he tries to smoke your reel! Left hand available in the 40 and 60 sizes.

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PENN Warfare Level Wind

The PENN® Warfare was engineered to be an extremely versatile all- around reel at an affordable price. It features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates with aluminum frame rings for improved rigidity to prevent frame-flex.  HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads. Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish.

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TLD

Preferred for its light weight and reliability, this offshore leverdrag reel will give you years of dependable service.

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TORIUM

The Lightweight Torium is a solidly-built star-drag saltwater reel perfect for live bait or bottom-fishing applications. Packed with features like Super Stopper, Cross Carbon Drag, A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) and High Efficiency Gearing (HEG), the Torium has it where it counts.

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TRINIDAD

Trinidad is a name that resonates with all Saltwater Anglers. It has earned an impeccable reputation for power and reliability world wide. Our quest for the new Trinidad A was no easy task. Lighter, smaller and more compact were the key physical characteristics and they were accomplished. The performance goal was to build the best casting reel in this category. We shattered our targets and have built a reel for casting which all others will be measured by.

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TALICA

The Talica is the pinnacle of the small lever drag 2-Speed market. Designed from the ground up to be an excellent casting reel with an ultra-smooth and powerful drag system to handle long battles. These reels were purpose built to take advantage of modern braided lines such as Power Pro Hollow Ace and shorter fluorocarbon leaders. We offer the Talica in 11 different sizes to tackle a variety of offshore fish from the football size tuna, to record setting class pelagic species.

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TIAGRA

The Number One choice of serious offshore anglers and captains.

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Thank you for viewing this TOP-11. Our site has a large selection of saltwater conventional reels from Shimano - one of the top fishing brand. If you’re unsure where to start, a bit of theoretical knowledge and real practice will help you make the right choice.