Plenty of drag for all situations


This has often been my biggest gripe when testing these ultra low-profile reels: The drag systems often aren’t up to par. I can’t tell you how many similar reels I’ve tested that will slip 2 to 3 inches on the hookset, even with the drag cinched all the way down. With the way I fish, I don’t think that’s acceptable. 

The Team Lew’s Hyper Mag Speed Spool SLP has a carbon fiber drag system that kicks out a hefty 20 pounds of drag. I always keep my drag cinched down regardless of the technique, so this is a big deal for me. I can set the hook in the middle of a grass mat and this reel won’t budge a single centimeter, which helps me take control of the fight from the second I set the hook. 

I realize not everyone keeps their drag cinched down, so I did loosen it for some of my testing in order to test its smoothness. It dispenses line beautifully with practically no surging, even when a bass makes an unexpected boat-side run. If you’ve been burned before by the drag on similar ultra low-profile reels, you’ll quickly gain a strong confidence in this reel.