Overhead Reels

Overhead reels are perfect for fishing offshore and come into their own when chasing big game. Shop quality overhead fishing reels from leading brands.

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Discover Quality Overhead Reels From Great Brands at Anaconda

Designed to be used on overhead fishing rods, overhead reels are perfect for lure and bait fishing from a boat or kayak. That said, the majority of overhead reels are designed for big game and ocean fishing, and this is where they really come into their own. Similar to baitcasters, overhead reels sit on the top of the rod, giving you immediate contact with the line and spool which comes in handy when jigging directly below your watercraft. At Anaconda, we proudly stock quality overhead fishing reel from well known brands such as Penn, Daiwa and Shimano so you know you're getting a premium product.

Overhead Reels FAQs

What is an overhead reel?

Overhead reels is a term commonly used in the Australian and New Zealand fishing community and is used to describe reels that usually have larger gears and are suitable for use in deep offshore scenarios. Since the reel is mounted above the rod, this is where the name comes from.

[H4 What is the best line for overhead reels?

Lots of different fishing lines can be used with overhead reels, anglers typically use braided lines which allows heavy loads and is very strong.

What are the most popular overhead reels?

There are many excellent overhead reels to choose from, popular models include:

  • Shimano TLD 25 Overhead Reel: Shimano's durable and enduring TLD reels are arguably the most versatile lever drags in the world. Great for light to medium tackle game fishing, they can also be cast.
  • Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000NR-HG Overhead Reel: represents the very best in Shimano reel technology, featuring Micromodule Gear, Hagane Body and X-Protect for the ultimate in strength and durability. Designed for jigging applications, a specially designed forged long crank handle provides anglers with the ability to work a jig down deep and fight a fish with unprecedented ease.
  • Penn Squall II Level Wind Overhead SQL50LW Reel: one of the best value reels in the market, this reel features a 3+1 shielded stainless steel ball bearing system and HT-100™ carbon fibre drag system, entirely surrounded by a lightweight graphite frame and side plates.

What Other Fishing Reels Are Available At Anaconda?

  • Spinning Reels: Easily the most popular and versatile reel available, spinning reels are a great choice for a wide range of fishing scenarios. If you're looking to buy one reel that does it all, this is what you're after. For more info, check out our article on How to Choose a Spinning Reel.
  • Baitcaster Reels: Much like an overhead reel in design (though usually smaller) baitcaster reels are designed specifically for baitcasting rods, and while they do take a bit of getting used to, when mastered they offer high levels of accuracy and control.
  • Side Cast Reels: Great for surf fishing, side cast reels have a long history in Australia. Usually made by Aussie icon Alvey, these manual reels will go the distance year after year.
  • Handline Fishing Reels: Handline fishing is a simple but effective way of catching a wide variety of fish. While it's often overlooked, fishing with a handline fishing reel enables you to fish effectively with minimum gear.
  • Fishing Combos: Fishing combos are great for beginners and experienced anglers wanting an easy way to find that perfectly balanced fishing outfit.

Find The Right Overhead Fishing Reels At Anaconda

At Anaconda we stock a huge range of overhead reels from great brands like Shimano and Penn. Looking for a rod to go with your reel? Check out the huge range of fishing rods at Anaconda. If you love fishing as much as we do, check out the fishing articles in our Adventure centre. With everything from detailed local advice to how-to's from experienced fishos, it's a great resource if you're looking to build your knowledge base or just read some great fishing yarns from like-minded anglers. If you'd like to see our range in person or to chat with a friendly team member, take a look at our store finder to find a store near you.



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