A relative new comer to the fishing tackle scene is the KastKing range of fishing reels , rods and terminal tackle . A New York based company formed by 3 friends who were unsatisfied with the reels available to them . They formed KastKing and went about designing some very innovative reels . Their company motto is " Affordable Innovation " .
Three months ago I purchased 2 Sharky 111 Baitfeeder Reels . They cost me $120 for the two of them .$60 each . I had looked at another very well known brand who makes baitfeeder reels and it would have cost me nearly $500 for a pair of them .
KastKing sell direct to the public online so this no doubt keeps the price down .
What you get in the box : A reel , a good quality bag to keep it in ,a spare spool , a set of spare drag washers , a take down maintenance part sheet and some KastKing stickers and some assorted warranty information . The reels are made in Hong Kong . Don’t let that put you off .I owned a couple of Fin Nor Ahab Spinning reels .( Some anglers regard them as the finest Spinning reel ever made ) One produced in the USA and one in Hong Kong . The finish and general machining was better in the Hong Kong reel . Was very impressed . I have heard KastKing come out of the same factory .
Using : I fish nearly everyday weather permitting . I’ve used these reels heavily since lock down finished last year in Victoria .They are both 3000 size . They are spooled with Platypus Super 100 line ( A great Aussie product ) .
Been hitting the "mud marlins " European Carp hard lately in my local lakes and creeks . Fish taken range in size from 500g to 4+Kg . Drag has worked perfectly and the baitfeeder function is very smooth and intuitive to use .
I have a few niggles regarding the reels . Nothing is perfect . Lead time after ordering was 6 weeks from Hong Kong . Pandemic may have caused the delay as I purchased some KastKing mono line pre pandemic and took about 2 weeks .
Retrieve ratio is 5.2 to 1 . With reels available with retrieve rates of nearly 7to 1 this is regarded as rather slow now . For my style of fishing and the paravane rigs I use the retrieve speed is not an issue . Some lure casting anglers may find the retrieve a tad slow .
Would I recommend these reels . A big yes .
Any problems I encounter with the reels will immediately be posted in this topic thread . I am in no way connected with KastKIng or sponsored by them as some of the reports on YouTube are . I will give a "warts and all " opinion of them .
Reel Body : Composite Graphite . Reel handle : CNC Aluminium
Retrieve Ratio: 5.2 to 1
Bearings : 10 shielded ball plus 1 anti reverse .
Spool : 2 CNC Aluminium .One braid ready and the spare mono only . A layer of mono and then join the line to the braid with an "Allbrite " knot should allow the spare spool to take braid .
Maximum Drag setting : 26.5 lb
Available from : Amazon Australia and Ebay . I used Ebay . Much cheaper .