Best Spincast Reel | Reviews of the Top Closed Face Models

Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Donnell Henderson

As opposed to their ‘open-faced’ siblings, ‘closed-faced’ or spincasting reels are known for their convenience and simplicity. Not a lot of effort goes into mastering them, their maintenance is even easier, and you can get a perfect cast with just the press of a button.

Now, granted they have underpowered drag, and you won’t be reeling in monsters with them, or casting with the pinpoint accuracy of a baitcasting reel, but they do make excellent first reels for novice and child anglers.

Almost every seasoned angler has probably used them at some point in their life, and some even keep one in their tackle as part of their light setups.

The market today is crowded with spincasting reels from a number of different manufacturers, which makes the selection process overwhelming and a bit intimidating. To walk you through this process, I’ve created a rundown of some of the best spincasting reels available, as well as a guide to help you make a well-informed purchase.

My Top Pick

If you’re short on time and would like to find out the best spincasting reel, here’s the quick answer: Daiwa’s Goldcast spincasting reel. If it’s the best spincasting reel you’re searching for, this one is up to snuff. Period.

The Top Spincast Reels Reviewed

1. Daiwa Goldcast Spincast Fishing Reel

Daiwa Goldcast Spincast Reel, GC100

It comes as no surprise that a Daiwa reel made this list. It’s a trustworthy name synonymous with excellent quality, and it took them over seven decades to build that trust.

This Goldcast spincasting reel is exceptional, not just in terms of build quality but also smoothness.

Key Features

  • Single ball bearing
  • A gear ratio of 4.1:1
  • Weighs 9.2 ounces
  • Drag system: multi-disc
  • Oversized line guide

What I like about this product

The Goldcast is robust with durable metal construction and a tungsten-carbide pickup. It comes pre-wound with premium-grade wire and features an oscillating spool for an ultra-smooth operation, multi-disc drag, ambidextrous handling, a quick 4:1 gear ratio and a line aperture for optimal casting.

As opposed to most spincasting fishing reels, the Goldcast series includes metal cones which are far more durable than plastic ones. Speaking of durability, it is painted in anti-rust resistant coats, which gives it a longer lifespan.

What I don’t like about this product

The only downside I could find with this unit is the bearings which are slightly heavier than its competitors’, and they add to its overall weight.


  • Solid and long-lasting metal build
  • Oscillating spool prevents backlash and tangles
  • Casts well
  • Pre-wound with premium fishing line


  • Heavier than most

If you’re a serious angler searching for the best overall spincasting reel in the market, I can’t recommend this series enough.

Overall Rating – 5/5


2. Zebco 33 Authentic Spincast Reel

Zebco authentic Spincast Fishing Reel

If there’s one brand that comes to mind when you think of ‘close faced’ or spincasting reels, it’s Zebco. Not only are they the largest manufacturers of spincasting reels, but they also pioneered the technology itself.

The Zebco 33 Authentic is another impressive reel in a long and trusted line of spincasting reels which has a lot to offer for a very low price.

Key Features

  • Single bearing
  • 6:1 gear ratio
  • Supports 10-pound line
  • Ceramic and stainless-steel components

What I like about this product

To shield the reel against corrosion, it features a stainless-steel cover and ceramic takeup pins. The build itself is sturdy, dependable, and you can retrieve your catch at a respectable rate. The line capacity is generous, and the single bearings and all-metal gears allow for a moderately smooth operation.


What I don’t like about this product

As the adage goes, ‘you get what you pay for,’ and that is certainly the case here. The Zebco 33 doesn’t feature any groundbreaking innovations or materials and craftsmanship you’d expect from more premium options, but that’s a given, considering it is a budget reel.

As I mentioned above, the reel is moderately smooth and definitely has room for improvement.


  • Budget-friendly
  • Corrosion proof components
  • Casting isn’t half bad


  • Some minor drag issues
  • Could have been smoother

If you don’t care for or don’t want to pay for extra bells and whistles, and just need a reel that will get the job done on your next fishing trip, you should shortlist this reel.

Overall Rating – 4.6/5


3. Zebco Bullet Spincast Reel

Zebco ZB310BX3 Bullet Spincast Reel

Owing to their gear ratios, spincast reels often suffer from the slow reel-in rates because it takes more cranking to turn them. That is generally true for almost all spincast reels but this where the Zebco’s Bullet reel outshines its competition.

Key Features

  • Ambidextrous retrieve
  • Forged and double-anodized aluminum
  • Dual-bearing pickup pins
  • Nine bearings
  • Gear ratio: 5.1:1

What I like about this product

Its 5.1:1 gear ratio lets you retrieve your catch just as quickly as you would with a spinning or baitcasting reel. How quick, you ask? Aptly named Bullet, it reels in 30 inches of fishing line for every crank,

The build quality is second to none, and it uses aluminum for the cover. Its drag power and casting impress as well thanks to its oscillating spool. The durability is great, and its exceptional nine-bearing mechanism makes this reel smooth as glass.

What I don’t like about this product

Unfortunately, it sacrifices that retrieving speed for the line capacity, which is lower than what you’d expect from a spincast reel.


  • High-quality resilient build
  • Ultra-smooth
  • Casts flawlessly
  • Unusually quick retrieving
  • Instant anti-reverse switch


  • Pricey

If you have some extra money to spend, this near-flawless and one-of-its-kind reel could be the last spincasting reel you buy.

Overall Rating – 4.8/5


4. Zebco Omega ZO3PRO Spincast Fishing Reel

Zebco/Quantum ZO3PRO, 10, BX3 Zebco/ Quantum, Omega Spincast Reel 6Bb+1, Spare Spool, 3SZ, Pro

As far as I can tell, ZO3PRO is the finest and most advanced spincasting reel Zebco has to offer. It overshadows almost every other model.

Key Features

  • 3X positive pickup
  • Multi-disk drag
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Autobait alert
  • Ceramic line guide

What I like about this product

It features a rare seven-bearing system to prevent tangles and snags. The handle is interchangeable, which allows for ambidextrous usage. Its oscillating spool, all-metal gear machines, a ceramic line guide are all covered with heavy-duty aluminum.

As far as the drag goes, it’s a multi-disk triple cam system which provides generous drag power.

Ease of use is another plus. You only have to pair it with your rod, tie the lure, and you’re all set. Easy as pie.

What I don’t like about this product

A gripe I have with this reel is its poor handle covering which is thin and will wear out after use. Some users have even complained about its handle getting loose.



  • Ambidextrous operation
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Stable and solid
  • Backed by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty


  • The handle isn’t very reliable

This reel can prove to be a trusty fishing companion because of its rugged build, respectable functionality, and smooth operation.

Overall Rating – 4.6/5


5. Pflueger President Spincast Fishing Reel

Reels Spincast Pflueger PRES10SCX President 10Size Spin Cast Reel, 5 BRG. 3.4: 1, 10

Pflueger’s spincast reels are probably the only ones which can go toe to toe with Zebco’s name. The President model is one such reel which effectively blends performance and toughness.

Key Features

  • Four-ball bearings
  • Anti-reverse mechanism
  • Solid aluminum design
  • Aluminum cone and handles
  • A gear ratio of 3.1:1

What I like about this product

The reel itself is primarily crafted from aluminum and feels solid in your hands. The performance is equally solid, if not more. The takeup pins are metal as well, titanium to be precise, which makes them corrosion proof.

The push button lets you cast beautifully every time. The line capacity is more than enough, and I sincerely doubt that you’ll ever exhaust it. It is quite smooth and makes use of a multi-stop and anti-reverse system for easy retrieving.

What I don’t like about this product

One caveat though, pairing it with a rod can prove to be a hassle because the cover is oversized, leaving little clearance between it and the seat.


  • Outstanding build
  • Titanium takeup pins
  • Extremely smooth
  • Ample drag
  • Great casting


  • Doesn’t fit well with some rods

If you don’t mind the slight compatibility issues, this reel offers great quality, smoothness, consistency, and durability. In other words, it is a balanced blend of often sought-after aspects of a spincasting reel.

Overall Rating – 4.8/5


Spincasting Reel Buying guide

To find a reel that would be conducive to your particular fishing technique needs, you need to consider some factors before deciding on a model. A good reel can be the difference between a trophy fish and a fishing story. That’s why, now, I’ll try to walk you through what you should be looking for and what you need to avoid.

Drag systems

You need to determine the amount of drag power you’ll be needing for your target species and then choose a reel that is in line with that requirement. While too much pressure can snap your line, too little of it can lose you fish.

You usually find spincast reels using disc friction mechanisms to generate the necessary drag. Tweaking the drag settings and adjusting them is as easy as turning a knob on the reel.


When you begin hauling your catch in, pickups help reel the line in by latching onto it. If they fail to latch – a common problem in cheaply built reels – both your fish and your fishing line will be lost to water. So, the performance of the pickups is indispensable.

Most spincast reels would use two or three pickups, but it doesn’t hurt if the number goes up.

Vintage Garcia Mitchell


Ideally, you’d want your reel to operate as smooth as possible while you’re cranking, so it effortlessly pulls the line in. I took this factor into consideration when selecting the reels for this post, so you can have peace of mind that you don’t have to concern yourself with the smoothness of these reels.

Spincast reels on the higher end of the market, arguably provide a smoother operation when compared to more mid-range choices—but in my view, the difference is marginal at best.


Spincast reels, especially the cheaply made ones, aren’t built to last as long as spinning or baitcasting reels because of some inherent but unavoidable shortcomings. The takeup pins will wear out with use, and they will eventually need to be replaced.

That being said, there are some models which can have a lifespan as long as a good spinning reel if you exercise proper care. You can also opt for high quality spinning reels that produce excellent performance and is long lasting.

Final thoughts

Although it’s stiff competition, the Daiwa’s Goldcast makes the final cut because it is near-perfect with its rugged metal construction, fast retrieving, and smooth, smooth operation. If for some reason, the Goldcast doesn’t fit the bill for you, Zebco’s Bullet is another very attractive option and a close contender for the top position.

However, if your budget won’t stretch to these two, the other budget-friendly picks in this roundup aren’t half bad either, especially if you have reasonable expectations.

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