Victory affordable, Skeet Reese’s signature W&M baitcaster
had previously told us that one of the things he really wanted to do moving
forward was to introduce tackle that was not just built to his specifications
but retailed at prices that everyday anglers could afford. In keeping with this
thinking the Victory reels retail for only $99.99 each, a very aggressive price
point for an aluminum reel.
The ported spool holds the elf
contained centrifugal anti-backlash system
Skeet stated “Wright
& McGill and I feel strongly about providing anglers high quality products that
they can afford to fish. I've been testing these reels, they are what I use on
tour, and they will meet the needs and budgets of any angler.” But could
a company better known for fly reels, even backed by the brand power of Skeet’s
name, compete with the big dogs in the bass category? It’s time to find out.
The reel features an aluminum
Real World Test:
To test the new Victory reel from W&M we ordered one of the WMESRV70RC (7.0:1)
high speed reels straight from Tackle Warehouse. We put the reel through the
paces on one of W&M’s own Micro Honeycomb casting rods and spooled up with
Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon. We head to both the California Delta and Clear
Lake to fish this combo and set our sights exclusively on catching some
The reel casted very well for
short accurate casts
At the Delta I pitched plastics against the Tule line and found the Victory reel
to be very good at short lobs, even when lighter jigs and tubes were tied on.
The reel also proved to be a decent overall long distance caster. If anything I
found the cast control system a bit aggressive and discovered that only by
dialing the system back (close to the less “0” position) I was able to achieve
those really long distance casts.
A lot less yellow than we expected
to see on a Skeet signature reel
Out of the box the reel felt pretty smooth in the lab and it was only on the
water when there was a lure on the line did I start to feel what felt like a
little bit of resistance from within the reel. After a day of fishing the reel
loosened up and it felt reasonably fluid cranking everything from weightless
rigs to jerkbaits.
The reel is relatively low
The Victory reel rates about
average in terms of fluid feel, it didn’t do any worse than the competition here
but it also didn’t feel extremely connected or refined. What was impressive
however was the absence of backplay in our test reel, there was absolutely none.
There are reels costing nearly twice as much that exhibit more play in their
handle than this reel.
...and the opening provides decent
access to the spool