Victory affordable, Skeet Reese’s signature W&M baitcaster
Total Score: 8.08 -
As far as big names in
professional fishing go Skeet Reese is definitely among the bass elite,
especially here on the West Coast. Over the last season Skeet partnered with W&M
(Wright & McGill) to release new series of reels that are designed to pair
perfectly with his popular line of rods. We take a look at Skeet’s latest black
and yellow reel, the Victory baitcaster.
Line Capacity (lbs / yds)
Measured Max. Drag
9.88 lbs measured max drag
Number of Bearings
Length of Handle
Skeet's new signature reel, the
Victory, from Wright and McGill
Wait, wasn’t there already a Skeet Reese Edition reel on the market? Abu Garcia
fans will remember that not long ago Skeet was fishing Revo reels that featured
11 ball bearings, a 6.4:1 gear ratio and a bright yellow center frame surrounded
by black sideplates. This reel was considered by many to be a very refined but
expensive offering, retailing for around $259 dollars.
At ICAST 2010 Skeet shows us the
new prototype reels
When news first spread that
Skeet was no longer with Abu rumors circulated as to which manufacturer he would
partner with next. Shimano and Daiwa haven’t brought out signature reels and
though they do work with the pros a partnership seemed unlikely, and joining KVD
at the Quantum camp also seemed equally as improbable.
In the lab we take a closer look
at a mass produced Victory reel
Who would have guessed that
W&M would start producing signature reels? But if you think about it this
partnership makes perfect sense. Skeet was already enjoying success on the rod
side and by bringing both product lines under one roof it was possible to not
only make reels that match up with the rods in terms of look and feel but also
set a pricing strategy that would also be inline.
Handles and knobs off...
The one thing we knew we could
expect on any new Skeet Reese reel was plenty of his signature black and yellow
motif and yet when Skeet showed us the new reels at last year’s ICAST the first
thing we commented was just how little yellow there was on both the spinning and
baitcast reels. The next thing that we noticed was the absolutely massive handle
grips on the reels. Skeet explained that he liked to have plenty of surface area
so it was quick and easy to grab the knobs when tournament fishing.
Inside we can see the main brass
gearing which houses the drag system
Specification-wise the reels
boasted some pretty good specifications, starting with the aluminum alloy frame
and hande-side sideplate. The reel features a precision cut brass main gear and
11 stainless steel bearings and a Teflon drag system. The Victory baitcast reels
launched with four configurations, a 7.0:1 and 6.2:1 retrieve ratio in both
right and left hand retrieve.
The drag consists of a single
Teflon disc sandwiched between the brass gear and steel washer