Best Spinning Reels Under £100 (2020)

A spinning reel is the easiest way to get in to lure fishing and what’s best is that there is no need to break the bank. Before we get started on the Pikezander best spinning reels under £100 we should look at what a spinning reel actually is and why you should invest in one.

A spinning reel is the most popular type of fishing reel. It features an open-faced design and it is simple to cast, hence the reason so many beginners start with a spinning reel. Learning to cast? Check out the video below.

The spinning fishing reel has a fixed spool that allows the line to leave the spool freely when cast, making it a great option for lure fishing. The reel hangs underneath the rod, and as long as you choose a suitable size will have a nice, balanced feeling and allow you to practice a range of lure fishing techniques.

What size spinning reel should you choose?

When it comes to lure fshing choosing the correct size spinning reel is important. We will cover this in a list of the best spinning reels under £100 further down the page.

The size of the reel is important for the following reasons:

  1. Weight – Big reels weigh more. Try to match the size of the reel with your rod. The last thing you want is an unbalanced setup. Weight is also important because lure fishing is a very active form of fishing. You are not going to be sat in a tent waiting for the fish to strike. You will be moving from swim to swim a casting repeatedly. Get a reel that is too heavy and this is going to become uncomfortable very quickly.
  2. How much line do you need? – Take into account where you are going to be fishing? Its rare when I am lure fishing that I cast huge distances because I mainly fish on rivers and canals. Therefore I don’t need a reel that holds huge amounts of braid. Have a look at your local fishing spots and decide if you need a reel that will allow you to cast further or not.
  3. How strong do you need the line to be? – What will you be fishing for? If you are targeting perch and using a thinner diameter of braid you will be ok with a smaller reel, I would recommend a 2000/3000 as a decent all-rounder (some people go much smaller) Going for pike instead you will need a stronger braid so scale your reel up a bit to maybe a 4000/4500.

As a general guide, I would recommend the following when choosing your reel

Ultralight 1000 – 2000

A fishing reel sized 1000 or 2000 is recommended for catching fish up to 4/5lbs

Light 2500 – 3000

A fishing reel sized 2500 or 3000 is recommended for catching fish up to 8lb/9lb

Medium 4000

A medium fishing reel sized 4000 is recommended for catching fish between 2lb/15lb

Medium/Heavy 5000

A medium heavy fishing reel sized 5000 is recommended for catching fish between 8lb/20lb.

Just getting started in lure fishing? Check out Lure Fishing for Perch and Fishing for pike with lures

Now we have the basics out of the way, let’s have a look at the best spinning reels for under £100.

Best Spinning Reels under £100

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4. Daiwa Ninja LT

Key Features

  • LT (Light &Tough)
  • 4 ball bearings
  • ATD drag system
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse
  • Cross Wrap system
  • Silent oscillation system
  • ABS aluminum Long cast spool
  • One-touch folding handle
  • Twist Buster II line roller

Our Opinion

This is an affordable spinning reel loaded with Daiwa’s high-end features that generally only appear on more expensive reels. The Ninja is the ideal choice for beginners to lure fishing.

The LT technology stands for Light and Tough and the result is that it reduces the overall size and weight of the reel while increasing strength and longevity.

The ABS spool is suitable for braids and mainlines while the spool design increases overall casting performance.

Thanks to Daiwa’s ATD drag system. The Ninja LT comes with a smooth, powerful and progressive drag system, ensuring you have complete control at all times when under heavy resistance.

The Daiwa Ninja is a great value and well under the magic £100. Available in sizes 2000 to 6000

3. Shimano Nasci

Key Features

  • Concept: Hagane
  • Family Type: Spinning
  • 4 Shielded Stainless Steel &1 roller bearing
  • Line lay: Varispeed II
  • Handle: Single machined aluminum
  • Body material: XT-7
  • Spool Material: Cold forged aluminum
  • Maintenance port: No
  • Waterproof drag: Yes

Our Opinion

The Nasci is a deserved entrant into our best spinning reels under £100. For the first time, the Nasci reel features HAGANE gear and CoreProtect, usually only found on Shimano’s most expensive reels. These additions increase gear strength and ensure a smooth experience, even under heavy stress. Available in a wide range of sizes, from the smallest 1000 size for finesse fishing to the 5000 size for heavy lure fishing.

2. Shimano Catana

Key Features

  • Rear Drag
  • XT-7 body material
  • Die-cast aluminium spool
  • 2 SUS ball bearings and 1 roller bearing
  • AR-C spool lip design

Our Opinion

The Shimano Catana spinning reel gives fantastic power and performance for a fantastic price. You should be able to pick this reel up for around 40 quid. Both our boys use these reels when out lure fishing.

Built with a die-cast aluminum spool, the reel boasts high strength and durability. The reels are all equipped with two SUS ball bearings and one roller bearing for total smoothness and control.

The spool also has a spool lip design that increases casting distance and reduces wind knots. perfect for beginners and children.

1. Abu Garcia Elite Max

Key Features

  • Front drag
  • 6 stainless steel HPCR bearings + one roller bearing
  • IM-C6 body
  • Rocket line management system
  • Rocket spool lip design
  • Machined aluminum braid ready spool
  • Slow Oscillation
  • Carbon Matrix hybrid drag system
  • Everlast bail system for improved durability
  • Stainless steel main shaft and components

Our Opinion

Our number 1 reel in our best spinning reels under £100 is the Abu Garcia Elite Max. We purchased one of these reels recently and it is one of the best quality spinning reels I have ever used.

The reel has a very smooth retrieve and drag, the parts are excellent quality particularly for a reel in this price range, and it is well-built. Our favorite feature of this spinning reel is the cast. It is possible to get some serious distance so if that’s what you need the Abu Garcia Elite Maz is certainly worth your consideration. Available in sizes of 1000 right through to 6000!

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