KastKing Assassin Baitcast Review – How Does It Compare?

My review of the Kastking Assassin got me to thinking. The fact that we are at a point where we review a company’s top-of-the-line reel and its price point is only around $70 is a testament to how far Kastking has taken the mid-range baitcast market.

For starters, this reel looks WAYYYYY cool! It looks like some of the big names premium reels for half the cost.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let’s look at some specs.

Weight: 5.7 oz

Bearings: 11 + 1 shielded

Gear ratio: 6.3:1

Line Capacity: 10/125 and 12/100 yards

Drag: 16.5 lbs

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This is where this reel shines. With the addition of carbon, Kastking was able to bring the overall weight of the Assassin down to a mere 5.7 ounces! Carbon was added to the body construction, the side plates and the handle not only cutting weight but also making the reel more rigid and corrosion resistant.

Cast Control

The Assassin features dynamic 6 pin centrifugal and magnetic braking helping you make extra long casts even into a brisk wind. With endless adjustments you’ll have accurate casts everytime.


At 16.5 pounds, the drag on this Kastking is also very impressive. Made of 4 disc carbon fiber, this drag is tournament ready and more than enough for the weekend angler.


With 12 corrosion resistant MaxiDur ball bearings, this reel is smooth as silk. Even at a high speed 6.3:1 pace, it never wears on you and makes retrieves effortless.


The hard anodized aero-grade aluminum spool is very lightweight and spins super fast. The brass gears and instant anti-reverse are common baitcast features but are extra stout.


Another thing I really like about the Kastking Assassin is the large, over-sized and offset reel handle. It gives you a big advantage with power and strength fighting those big bass. The big EVA grips are also nice.


In my opinion, Kastking has done it again. They really know how to build high-quality reels while keeping the average weekend angler in mind. It’s nice to know a company still values and builds solutions for the everyday guy.

Give the Kastking Assassin a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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