KastKing Spartacus 2018 Baitcasting Reel Review

We’re fans of what KastKing is doing to the fishing game! Highly affordable products that are great quality. We’ve been keen to get our hands on some of their gear and we’re TOTALLY impressed!

When the KastKing Spartacus arrived in the post we couldn’t resist getting it spooled with some braid and onto the water. So far, for a 50$ reel it launches the lightest and heaviest lures without a problem, although it took a while to get the drag dialed in for the first few casts. After some practise and some small bird-nests it’s feeling super smooth and reliable.

I’m a sucker for gimmicks and the Spartacus comes in a fantastic array of colors, one of which is turquoise (they call it Seafoam Green) obviously I had to have it and the looks it gets from other anglers is totally worth it! I just hope it’s not too bright and chasing away the fish.

“The KastKing Spartacus might catch a few glances from other anglers, but that’s a good thing!”

I’ve paired the reel for now with a medium action 6’8″ rod and the 2 work nicely together. I’m going to try it out on a stiffer rod to see how that feels, but generally I think that this reel is a great all-round baitcaster suited for a variety of fishing rods, lures and techniques.

What kind of fishing does the KastKing Spartacus suit?

  • It’s super versatile, just make sure you’ve adjusted the drag to match your lures weight.


  • Sexy looking in a variety of awesome colors!
  • Affordability. $50 for a great baitcaster, that’s all!
  • Versatility! Fishes well with most lures and conditions.
  • Slim and compact design.
  • Adjustability and accessibility. This reel has a variety of drag settings to match any rod, lure or technique.


  • It costs $50 so their have to be some. When opening the reel housing we found it hasn’t been completely spray painted and their are some sharp edges from the machining process which could be refined a little more.
  • Difficult dialing in the drag if changing lure weights and sizes.
  • Terrible noise when the drag stops the spool.

KastKing Spartacus Reel Specifications:

    • 11+ 1 Shielded Stainless Steel Hi Performance Ball Bearings
    • One Way Clutch System
    • Precision Machined Brass Gear
    • Clicker System for the Action Adjustment
    • Strong Graphite Body and Quick Removing Side Covers
    • Left and Right Hand Models with CNC Aluminum Handle and EVA Knobs
    • Ceramic Insert Line Guide
      • Weight(oz/g) 7.2oz/205g | gear Ratio 6.3:1 |
    • Line Capacity (lb/yd,mm/M): 0.285mm/115m,0.33/90, 0.37/75, 0.4/60 10LB/125 YD,12/100,15/85,18/65

Hey for 50 bucks this reel might not last forever but who cares, it’s a fantastic reel that WILL land some awesome fish and make it a super enjoyable experience!

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