KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III Review

I’ve been cranking the handle on a Sharky III for the past season, and it’s been long enough to raise my thumb on this spinning reel and do a KastKing Sharky baitfeeder III review: it’s thoroughly inexpensive, and surprisingly nice for the money. I’ve used it in salt, brackish, and freshwater, for everything from redfish to perch to crappie. I’ve used it for fan-casting, bait fishing, and jigging. And I even turned it over to a 12-year-old for several trips. The kastKing Sharky baitfeeder III has done all we’ve asked, and then some.

KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III Review

Usually, when you come across a reel that costs $60 you know it’s going to be pretty trashy. Then add in some funky colors and you wonder if the reel belongs anywhere other than on the shelf at Wal Mart. But the Sharky III I’ve been testing has some serious fishing hours on it at this point, and I didn’t go easy; it’s a Sharky III 1000, the smallest version and I spooled it up with just over 200 yards of eight-pound braid. There’s also a 4 other Sharky III models and they all have the same max drag and gear ratio.

All five have 10 double shielded stainless-steel ball-bearings plus a roller bearing, 5.2.1 gear ratio and a 33 pound drag. All five also have the usual perks, like KastKing Intrusion shield system, instant lock anti-reverse, Fin braid ready aluminum spool, triple disc carbon fiber drag and their high performance reinforced graphite body with brass pinion gears. The hardware is all stainless steel and the handle is aluminum.

Here are the rest of the specs:

KK-Sharky III 2000 – 27.5 inch retrieve – 9.2 oz. – 142 yards / 10 lb mono

KK-Sharky III 3000 – 29.4 inch retrieve – 9.4 oz. – 175 yards / 10 lb mono

KK-Sharky III 4000 – 31.5 inch retrieve – 10.5 oz. – 218 yards / 10 lb mono

KK-Sharky III 5000 – 33.4 inch retrieve – 10.5 oz. – 218 yards / 12 lb mono

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KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III Pros & Cons

Last update was in: January 19, 2020 1:58 am
  • Smooth drag
  • Sleek design
  • Inexpensive
  • Great all around reel

  • Not meant for big game fish

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So is it inexpensive or cheap? well, the drag isn’t the smoothest in the world, but it’s not too jaggy, either; I’d say it feels like the drag on many reels that cost twice as much. Still, for a $60 price tag, we’re talking about a serious bargain here. If you need to buy some spinners for light to medium tackle fishing, but you also need to get ’em on a budget, the Sharky III should be on your short-list. Like I said – a big thumbs-up! If you liked our KastKing Sharky baitfeeder III review or have any questions leave a comment in the section below.

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