Bass Pro Shops® Snagging Special Levelwind Reel

   

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SS-30

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4.4:1

Line Capacity:
30/380

Ball Bearings:
2

Max Drag:
22 Lbs.

Recovery:
31.7" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
24.8
  • Rugged, lightweight graphite frame
  • Deep anodized, machined aluminum spool
  • Two stainless steel ball bearings
  • Audible bait clicker
  • Stainless steel levelwind
  • Smooth, multi-disc drag system
  • Metal line guide  
  • Cast control knob
  • Powerful gear ratio: 4.4:1      
The Bass Pro Shops Snagging Special Levelwind Reel is the perfect snagging reel. Designed to withstand the rigors of snagging, the round Snagging Special Levelwind Reel features a rugged, lightweight graphite frame and a machined, anodized aluminum spool for corrosion resistance, durability and easy handling. The reel's cast control knob applies continuous friction to the end of the spool shaft, while an audible bait clicker alerts you when a fish strikes and begins to pull line form the spool. When the alarm sounds, the Snagging Special's multi-disc drag system gives you the leverage to take the fight to the fish, with large drag discs providing the smooth flow of line at any setting.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 20 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Unexpectedly Pleased I received a gift card from my kids for 50 bucks so I figured I'd buy some thing I wanted to check out that I wouldn't normally buy. I'm a creature of habit. When I open this reel up, I was shocked at the quality for a reel in this price range. Its tough as nails and operates smooth as silk. I use it for fishing live bait for flatheads in a river with decent current. The bait clicker is stout enough that it doesn't trickle out line, but works well with a strike. And with 50lb braid it casts like a dream. February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great trolling reel I've just purchased my 2nd reel and could not be happier. Use mainly for lead-line trolling for fresh water stripers October 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great for the price I used this reel in saltwater going for decent sized stingrays. I was going for a 40 lber when I ended up hooking and catching a 100 lb stingray with this reel. It held up great but broke near the final stages. It was my fault because I had to crank the drag to its fullest to keep it from running around a pole which is bad for the reel. Great for the price but if your going for a long term heavy duty fishing trip buy more or something better July 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Whoa! This is one big reel! The guys from the South must like their equipment large. I thought I was getting a catfish reel for freshwater use. Instead, I've got it on my saltwater rods for rock cod and salmon trolling. It is definitely in the same class as my Penn 4/0 except it has a level wind. A good reel for my wife except she complained about the weight. I find it OK and will test it out further with 2.5 lbs lead wts. we use for party boat salmon trips in Northern California. July 19, 2013
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I use from 10 lb. flourocarbon on my crankbaits to 65 lb. braid on frogs with these reels.
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I don't see why not. I personally use 27lb lead line but use 20lb mono for backing and it seems fine.
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Yes you can use 15# test line on this reel.
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If so, how many yards of 18# test?
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Yes. i use 100 yds of 27lb test. I would recommend filling with mono first as a backing
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yes and no. You an use anything but you should use Offshore angler tight line and a z-wing planer
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You can use lead ore line on any rig rated for braided line.
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I want a reel that can be used trolling for crappie in deep water 20 - 35 foot
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This is way too heavy duty for crappie. Unless u want to completely murder them get something lighter
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You could, A little big for crappie.
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Much too large a reel for crappie. Try the Abu Garcia ambassadeur 6600bcx reel instead. only 20 more dollars for a much more manageable and higher quality reel which will catch most anything you want. Also, is much more forgiving on casting than most, has instant anti-reverse, and can handle the lighter lines you'll need to use for those finicky crappie who can see the larger lines and not bite...
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I'm wondering what would be a good rod to compliment this reel for blue catfish, striped bass and walleye.
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Shakespeare® Ugly Stik Tiger® Casting Rod - 7' ML
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THE BEEF STICK SURF AND BOAT RODS.
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At least a med heavy to heavy action 10-12 foot baitcasting rod. If fishing in rivers with lot of current, you'll need the heavy action for the large 4-8 ounce weight you'll have to use to keep bait on bottom and not washing down river and getting snagged constantly. I fish in the Arkansas river for large blue and flathead catfish from 5 to 50+ lbs on a regular basis and I use as much as 8 ounces to keep baits in place. Meathunter makes a great 12-13 foot rod for catfishing at this time. You can look them up online, or go to a larger local tackle shop to find them. Personally, I use an older 14 ft. Fenwick rod which is no longer even made, and it's the best for large river fishing.
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you should pair it up with the Shimano TDR Conventional rod its strong and will hold up for many years, its priced at 30$ at that price its a steal
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i bought this reel and took it out to the yard and tried casting it with a 2oz weight and when i cast it the weight gets thrown straight to the ground i even put another 2oz weight on it same outcome i have it on a 7'6 rod ive messed with the cast control knob i dont get it any suggestion or a vid of someone casting theirs would really help
2 years, 5 months ago
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Mine casted perfectly with a little less than 3 ozs of wait. Set the brakes where if u hold ur rod up 45 degrees and put the free spool on, the bait will extremely slowly advance toward the ground. you will still need to thumb the line though.
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Best thing to do is to set the lever to free spool with the weight in the air. adjust the control knob until the weight starts to move by itself at a controlled speed. You don't want it to just drop by itself, or just barely move when in free spool. If you're looking to really crank it out there, I always dip my reel in the water first and get the line wet as dry line will really burn your thumb on casting. Use your thumb to lightly put pressure on spool to avoid any backlashes or over run of the line. Good Luck.
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you have to set the clutch tension so that the reel will just barely unroll with the weights attached (holding the rod parallel with the ground). This ensures the clutch is set to your weight.

Just remember, this is a Trolling Reel. I do cast with it, but it's not meant for long casting distances.

The most use I get from this reel, is simply dropping off the back of the boat while trolling, and using the clutch to feed line out. I've used planers and birds on this reel, and had a lot of success. I will pick up 2 more of these reels for my next trip to OBX.
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You're using to big of a weight for this reel. I had the same problem when I did that. I just switched to a lighter weight and the problem went away.
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Sorry, but too flimsy for saltwater by far. I destroyed mine on just a 38 lb. blue catfish in freshwater, and any of the fish I encountered while fishing off shore in North Carolina would absolutely tear these reels up. There's just too much plastic parts and plastic gears internally to handle truly large fish dependably. Get any of the larger Penn reels and you'll be perfectly happy in the salt.
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Absolutely. I've used it for 2 seasons and it's still going strong.

I use planers and birds with this reel, and it performs flawlessly.

Once a fish is hooked while trolling, there's no need to slow the boat. This reel is like a winch. You just crank and it easily pulls in your fish.
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This reel is not recommended for saltwater use. Since the reel is specifically made for freshwater fishing, the saltwater may dramatically reduce the life of the reel. Thank you!
2 years, 9 months ago
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Certainly. It's sturdy enough to land a 7 foot, 140 pound spinner shark. Just make sure you clean it up real well after taking it out there.

If you look it is almost identical to the Offshore Angler GCL-30 with the exception of the fact that this reel only has two bearings.
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I load mine up with close to 400 yards of 30 lb test mono and I can crank it out there between 125 to 150 yards with my 14 ft rod and 8 ounce weight on it. Once again, the reel doesn't hold up well to large fish though. too many plastic parts inside to be truly durable.
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Yes you can cast far with these reels. You have to have 2 oz of weight or more for it to cast decent. I am able to cast this at least 30 yards.
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It casts like a dream if you know how to cast a baitcaster.....must use at least a 3 oz weight
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Yes, these reels cast well. I use 6oz of weight or more.

Your choice of rod will also affect the casting. But to answer your question, no they are NOT just for trolling.
3 years, 3 months ago
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They are made for trolling
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I have this reel on a Catmaxx rod and with about 2 to 3 ounces of total weight in your rig u can cast it very far.
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GREAT FOR CATFISH, WITH 4 OZ AND 12FT ROD I CAN CAST ABOUT 100-150 YRDS
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Yes, when used with a 10-13 foot rod and at least 4 to 8 ounces of weight and 30 lb. test mono line. I crank mine out 125-150 yards with 8 oz. weight and 14 ft. rod with 30 lb. test berkely big game mono. Just have your thumb ready for over runs to prevent backlashes.
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Great for cat fishing and yes it can cast far. I am able to cast at least 30 yards. Just make sure you don't have anything over you or to your immediate left or right. takes practice to cast this reel.
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Yes, they cast well with +6oz of weight. All I use them for is catfish, and they work great!
3 years, 3 months ago
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I have this reel on a 10 foot Catmaxx rod and caught a 7 pound flathead with no problem, it also casts very well.
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Right hand only.
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Right Hand Only, I believe.
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Right Hand Only
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No it's not interchangable,but I'm pretty sure they will have a left hand version soon.
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