PDB Tested: Tourney Trail Baitcasting Reel

April 2013 PDB Tested

Some products are more fun to test than others, but when it comes to "testing" fishing equipment, you don't need to tell me twice. Once I heard that Cabela's had teamed up with the fishing-reel experts at Quantum to develop a Cabela's-exclusive Tourney Trail Baitcasting Reel, I knew I needed to get my hands on one.

The reel features a dual braking system, which includes a combination of magnetic and centrifugal mechanisms; a drag system that utilizes a stainless washer with a Teflon-coated non-asbestos washer for smooth, powerful performance that resists heat buildup; an aluminum frame with graphite side covers; and seven stainless-steel bearings. Okay, so I don't exactly know exactly what all that means, but I love the on/off flipping switch that helps make this reel a hit when fishing for  bass and walleye. Available in a high-speed version with a 7.0-to-1 gear ratio, and a regular version with a 6.3-to-1 gear ratio, I love how smoothly and easy to operate it is. The retail price of $79.99 seems fair to me and I expect it to really catch on with anglers this spring.

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