Baitcaster Reels
Shimano SLX MGL

Shimano SLX MGL Review

Rated 87.5/100 overall based on feedback from 1 users
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The Shimano SLX MGL is a strong, compact baitcasting reel that features the ever-popular MGL spool. This is an affordable baitcasting option that is suitable for almost any key technique out there!

Estimated price: $149
  • Available in 6.3:1, 7.1:1. 7.2:1 and 8.1:1 gear ratios.
  • 5 ball bearings
  • Centrifugal braking system
  • 12lb max drag

Summarized feedback from Bass Anglers

Reasons to buy

  • Shimano's MGL spool is lighter and helps dramatically with turning over lighter presentations - the main reason for this feature's success
  • The SLX MGL is suitable for almost any technique out there - including finesse
  • Super Free Spool is another popular add-on by Shimano - this reduces any sort of friction in the spool and improves casting distance
  • Cross Carbon Drag gives the reel the necessary strength to pull fish out of covered areas
  • SVS Infinity braking system allows for easy fine tuning and provides needed forgiveness
  • 3 different gear ratio options, including an 8.1:1 which is ideal for techniques where you need to take up line quickly - such as flipping and pitching
  • The budget-friendly option of the epic MGL series - this spool is game changing. We speak from experience!
  • Users have loved using this reel for more finesse techniques such as slightly heavier shaky heads or weighted wacky rigs
  • Only positive reviews have come from this reel

Reasons not to buy

  • Has fewer ball bearings than other casting reels which come at a higher price - may not be as smooth as a Curado DC or Chronarch MGL

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Reviewed by: James
Oct 30, 2022
Brilliant reel. Have these on all of my casting rods now.

Bottom Line

The Shimano SLX MGL is just a great option if you're looking for an all round classy reel at a reasonable price. This reel casts many applications beautifully, and has quickly become one of the most popular models of the SLX series.


About the brand

Shimano is arguably the biggest and most respected name in fishing. They are responsible for producing some of the most ground-breaking tackle ever seen, and they continue to lead the market in all forms of fishing.

Shimano has taken a key interest in bass fishing, and have developed the finest baitcasting reels on today's shelves. Many other brands constantly look to Shimano for ideas, as they seldom put a foot wrong.

You simply cannot go wrong with a piece of Shimano gear.

Professionals who work with Shimano:

  • Keith Combs
  • Brett Preuett
  • Bernie Shultz

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