Saltwater conventional fishing reels are commonly used for offshore fishing of species such as mackerel, grouper and tuna. Also known as overhead reels, these reels mount perpendicular to the rod, unlike a spinning reel that mounts in parallel. In doing so, conventional reels provide direct drive while also communicating more of the line's vibrations, allowing the angler to know what's happening based on feel. TackleDirect has a large selection of saltwater conventional reels from top fishing brands such as Shimano, Penn, Avet, Accurate and Okuma to meet your unique needs.
Conventional reels come in a variety of styles and options. Round conventional reels are ideal for casting and throwing bait, while low-profile reels are easier for using working lures. Choose from a level-wind reel that distributes line evenly during winding, or an open frame reel that allows for easier and longer casting. Two speed reels with both high and low gears offer maximum versatility, while single speed reels are well matched for lines below 40-pound-test. You even have multiple options for brake types. If you're unsure where to start, our experts have the knowledge to help you make the right choice to match your conventional rod and get you out on the ocean.