The Wright & McGill Victory Skeet Reese reel is the newest product in the line of Skeet Reese products. The reel itself is the same kind that Skeet Reese himself uses when fishing tournaments. They are affordably priced so the average angler can use the same reels that pros use.
The bait casters come in two gear ratios 6.2:1 and 7.0:1. All the reels have 9+1 bearings and weigh 7.76 ounces. They did this by giving the reel an aluminum frame which gives it durability. Every Victory reel comes with a neoprene reel case.
The reel itself is incredibly light, when I held it in my hand for the first time it almost felt like there was nothing there. I matched the reel with a Skeet Reese 7ft crankbait rod. I immediately noticed how much lighter the rod felt in my hand. I used the rod all summer with a big name reel on it and it was slightly unbalanced and I felt it more and more as the day went on. The Victory reel paired with the Skeet Reese rod was perfectly balanced and after using it for six straight hours I felt no arm fatigue.
The reels are rated for 120 YDS/12 lb. I spooled 12 pound fluorocarbon on the reel. Each cast was smooth and I was surprised that I got more distance from each cast with the Victory reel than I had all summer. The reel made smooth casts. The oversized handle helped in reeling in the lure, it also came in handy when I landed a five pound bass that tried to hide under the rocks. The handle gave me more torque for pulling the bass out of its hiding spot.
The only thing I disliked about the reel was the braking system. It is housed inside the left side panel of the reel (Right handed models). To adjust the brakes you had to open the panel. Once you set the breaks on the reel for the lure you are fishing it’s not a big deal. Also the more I used the reel the more I got used to the breaking system.The Skeet Reese Victory reel retails for between 99.99 and 119.99. The reels are priced right and perform well. You cannot go wrong with these reels.