Lew's Tournament MG Speed Spool Casting Reel - $129.95
Offering a deep, large capacity spool and a longer “power crank” handle, the Lew’s Tournament MG Casting Reel is packed with features, and available in a full range of gear ratios. Whether you are casting to deep, suspended fish or throwing to the rocks at the jetty, the Tournament MG Series has a reel for you. It's also the little things in addition to the major features that set Lew’s reels apart, like audible click adjustment on the tension knob and drag system, so you can make precise settings, as well as an external lube port for easy access. Living proof that Lew’s is listening to anglers needs.
Delivering sturdy functioning you can count on, the Tournament MG’s one-piece die-cast Aluminum Frame houses ten premium double shielded stainless steel bearings (9+1) for consistently smooth casts and retrieves, and its rugged Rulon Drag System offers absolute lock down power. Lew’s made its name by producing quality products designed to meet the needs of anglers - and the tradition continues with the Lew’s Tournament MG Casting Reel.
-Lew’s Custom Paddle Handle Knobs
-High-strength Solid Brass Gearing
-Externally Adjustable Magnetic Brake System (MBS)
-Zirconia Line Guide
Living proof that Lew's is listening to anglers needs, the Lew's Tournament MG Casting Reel is packed with features, including audible click drag, tension, and cast control, as well as, a deeper spool and longer "power crank" handle.
Comments: I own the 7.1:1 model and it's a pretty good reel for frogging and pitching. Only problem I've had with it was that you HAVE to back this reel with mono if your using braid. I didn't know that until I took it out and had the drag cranked all the way down and I could even reel up my bait from the water. The braid slips on the metal and makes it so you can't reel in. The paint chips pretty easy and the Lews sticker falls off. It's just the little things that you would think you would care about. I am not buying this reel again I'll go with a Revo next reel but I would have expected more out of a 130$ reel. It's happens tho it's all my own opinion tho.
From: CJ: Stow, OH 9/30/14
Comments: I own the Lew's Mg 7.1.1 and I am a distance caster, This reel cast's as far as my Abu Garcia Revo sx gen 3 and as far as my Quantum exo. Great reel. I use a 10 lb. co polymer line and get a squeaky noise which turned out to be the line going through the guides. In my opinion the reel is top notch.
From: Jim: Mercier, QC Canada 9/23/14
Comments: I know how to set up a baitcast reel, been doing this for years. I own a curado e and multiple BPS PQs, and they all outcast this reel by a long ways. This reel just doesn't seem to cast baits under 1/2 ounce very well at all. Maybe I got a dud though. I flushed the bearings and cleaned it even and no improvement.
From: Tyler: Grand Junction, CO 8/27/14
Comments: I have heard great things about this reel so I bought one two years ago and loved it! I bought two more and now they are making loud noises so I tried emailing Lews customer service two times and never got a single reply to even give me advice on how to fix it or how to order parts! VERY DISSAPOINTED! Not sure what company il try next but lews customer service isn't going to get anymore of my money!
From: Adam: NE 8/23/14
Comments: For those of you who say this reel doesnt cast far, I am sorry but you just dont know how to set up a baitcaster. I have fished my Lews heavily for the last two seasons including trips to Canada and it is still as smooth as the day I bought it. Taking just a few seconds to set the spool tension and break correctly, this reel casts a freakin mile.
From: Mark: WI 8/22/14
Comments: I'm honestly disappointed. I have heard so many great things about Lew's reels that I bought this one as a deep cranking special. Well, it's casting distance with 10 pound fluorocarbon is disappointing, and it seems the spool tension doesn't have a wide range of settings. Yeah it will throw a 1/2 ounce crank reasonably well with a 7'11" MH cranking rod, but I was expecting it to bomb the lure further. It is smooth and light, but I think I will sell this and upgrade to a chronarch. Three out of five stars, mostly due to disappointing casting distance.
From: Tyler: Grand Junction, CO 8/14/14
Comments: I've been fishing this reel for almost two years now and its still as smooth and cast like it did when I took it out of the box I have several high end reels but the mg is still my my favorite reel can't beat this reel for the price and performance
From: Sal: Odessa, TX 8/6/14
Comments: i got this reel about a year and a half ago from the moment i casted it i knew it was gonna be a good reel. It rarely gets backlashes it casts a mile and is super smooth when you reel it. Great quality reel at a good price
From: Nino: OH 7/15/14
Comments: The reel is very smooth and is good for the price. The only complaint I have is the drag is pretty weak at 14 lbs. I have the drag slip on most hook sets cranked all the way down. Other than that, I like it almost as much as my revo sx (Gen 2) other than the revo's drag is far superior. I am looking forward to trying the higher end lews although they all only have 14 lbs. of drag as well, even the super duty which is designed for a-rig, frog, and heavy football jig fishing.
From: Aron: Chicago, IL 7/1/14
Comments: Don't know why people complain the magnetic break system doesn't allow you to cast far under 5/8oz, I tied on a 1/8oz set my breaks to 3 and adjusted the spool tension accordingly and it flowed off the spool with ease! Hands down the best reel I've ever casted, if you want to really break the bearings in tie on a 1/2 oz rattletap make about 100 casts clean and re oil and it bombs anything from 1/8oz and up! Don't hesitate to purchase, smooth as butter and super fast, love how small it is with the big grips! can't wait to try the team pro next but don't see how it could be any smoother...
From: Kris: Ontario, Canada 6/26/14
Comments: Tue, the problem you are describing is 100 percent due to not putting a mono backing on your braid. Any bait caster will do what you are describing when tying braid straight to the spool. I have 8 of these reels and have had no problem with drag.
From: Patrick: San Diego, CA 6/25/14
Comments: I used this reel a couple times and it worked fine but now that i put braided line on the reel the drag system gives out but when i took out the braided line the drag works again so i dot really know whats going on but I'm not getting lew's ever again
From: Tue: Sacramento, CA 6/20/14
Comments: I got this reel for finesse fishing and I loved my Lews speed spool, so tried these out. After a few months, like Bronson said, it made a nasty grinding sound and now it sounds really cheap when I reel, which really surprised me because my other Lews was perfect. I took care of it, but it took a beating. I caught 100+ of fish on it before it began making noises. Still going to stick with Lews though... hope it doesn't happen again.
From: Logan: LA 6/4/14
Comments: I bought this reel for frogging. I loved this reel the first few months of having it but then it started to grind and make loud noises on casts. A few days after that, my line guide kept getting stuck on the left side. Has this happened to anyone before? Maybe I shouldn't have taken it salmon fishing and caught all those giants on it.
From: Bronson: USA 6/3/14
Comments: Amazing Reel! I purchased this Reel earlier this year when it was on sale for $99 and it is ridiculously smooth. I already own the 6:4:1 speed spool and now this MG with a 5:4:1 ratio for shallow cranks. It is a wonderful reel. I paired it up with a 7' St. Croix MH Mojo cranking rod and that combo is deadly. Love the audible click on the tension knob and the low profile design. I have big hands and this reel is still a gem. I also have a BPS Pro-Qualifier which is also a good reel for the money but the MG is the way to go.
From: Ryan: Ashland, KY 5/18/14
Comments: Love it. Learned the baitcasting basics on an old Silvermax and purchased this one in 7:1 (left retrieve) as my first true upgrade and I'm thrilled. Smooth as silk, casts beautifully, and fits very comfortably in my hand with its great low profile. Paired it up with a St Croix Premier 7' MH, spooled it with 12lb Suffix mono and I feel like I just bought a Ferrari. All NJ bass beware...
From: Brad: Medford, NJ 5/17/14
Comments: I own multiple different reels and I must say that this one right here exceeded my expectations. I will probally never buy another brand of reels again. Great reel!
From: Chris: Inverness, FL 4/29/14
Comments: I'm amazed by the tournament mg. I have never used a baitcaster before. This reel was easy to set up,and after a couple cast I was making 40yard cast without backlashing. It seem too easy. Wow. Great reel for a newcomer to baitcasters. I couldn't be happier!
From: Mike: TN 4/24/14
Comments: I now have 24 reels that I own. I own every brand known to man. This the first Lew's reel that I have bought. I can't believe that I have waited this long to buy one. This reel casts further than any reel that I own. The main thing to me is how comfortable the reel feels in your hand. To me no matter how much a reel costs if it is not comfortable and fun to use it is worthless. Lew's reels will cast a mile and perform as well or better than any other reel on the market. I love it and I will get me some more.
From: William: Hohenwald, TN 4/18/14
Comments: I've had several different reels from Abu Garcia and Shimano and this one blows them out of the water. You can feel how solid the build is and there's no play at all in the important bits. Casting is very easy and serious backlashes are few and far between and guaranteed to be user error. The drag is buttery smooth as well. One note on the ergonomics: The frame is REALLY small, it's barely more than a cover for the spool. I have big hands and it took a little bit to get used to it. Also, the crank is much longer than other reels. It's not a bad thing but it does feel different from other reels.
From: James: CO 4/9/14
Comments: I bought this reel after having two store brand reels that I paid $100 for. This reel blew me away it casts so smooth and easy and has earned another lews customer for life as long as they continue to produce quality products like this. In fact I bought 3 speed spools from TW that i should receive in the next few days!!
From: John: USA 3/21/14
Comments: Every once in a while when I cast theres a weird clicking in my rell but other than that this reel is amazing. Cant beat it for the price.
From: Brandon: Oviedo, FL 3/17/14
Comments: I have 3 of the tournament Mg's, 2 tournament pros, and 1 BB1. Lews outperforms ALL of my revos and quantum's hands down. It's not even close! When Abu Garcia released the revo and shimonoseki released the chyron arc, they took the fishing world by storms. Now, all reel manufactures can bow to Lews!
From: Stone: Charlotte, NC
Comments: I have had this reel 7 months and have caught a tone of fish with it. I recently caught a 10.5 using this reel as well. All I have to say is WOW. Not only does this reel cast far it has power to match. I own several revo sx and curados as well. This reel matches up to both. I would even say its better than the curado as far as the casting goes.Great reel for the money for any angler level.
From: Ray: Converse, TX
Comments: I have 3 of these reels (2 in the 7.1 and one in the 6.4) and they work flawlessly. Best reels I've ever used and they are completely worth $130. Lew's for life!
From: Adam: Hartselle, AL
Comments: I have 2 of them and they get the job done better then my smoke and my revo SX. Great price and long casts and have a great feel in your hand. I'm a Lew's customer for life.
From: Jared: Tipp City, USA
Comments: This reel is very impressive to say the least, ive caught some big river smallies on this baby and those fish fight HARD. I have the $80 model also and use it for flippin and piching and I caught a 45 pound snapping turtle with it. performed flawlessly. Getchya one. youll be glad you did!
From: Adam: WI
Comments: Bought this reel seven months ago. WOW! Best reel I have ever used, especially for the money. Have used Abu Garcia and Diawa. Both are good, but this is MUCH better. Will be buying another one as I need one with a lower retrieve ratio. I hauled in a 9.8 pound Lunker on Lake Fork this past fall with this bad boy. Drag was perfect, and I needed it. I like the dual drag settings. Once you have it set you don't have to touch it again. Casts smooth and you can chunk it a mile. Like any new reel, you need to work with it a bit to get used to it. Had a couple backlash until I had it set right. Never happened again. What can I say...Buy one!
From: Mike: Keller, TX
Comments: Awesome Reel...great drag, very smooth, doesnt backlash
From: Roger: SC
Comments: Best reel for price and forget the price one my favorite lews reels casts so far, so smooth, and does well with light lures. Great reel get youvwont reget it!!
From: Cody: Binghamton, NY
Comments: ok, this reel is the absolute best! It even outperforms my $200+ reels... strong, smooth as silk, out casts the others, line capacity, and has all the attributes you could want or need in a reel... but at only $129! love this reel!!!
From: Greg: Butler, PA
Comments: I have 6 Lews reels and This is the best bang for the buck .Don't get me wrong I like them all they are flawless But this one is a step above with the duel cast adjustment . It is so smooth and cast like a champ every throw no mater what bait you change to , I never have to re-adjust for different baits. The BB1 is not even as good as this one to me . I will be getting 6 more of these later for the 2014 tournaments.
From: Kevin: KY
Comments: I got this reel for Christmas last year and at first I was very impressed with the performance. After a month or so of use the bearings started to go out and some other problems showed up in the reel. After I replaced the bearings with boca bearings and did some internal fixing, this reel is as good as new and I'm overall still happy woth lews reel.
From: Morgan: plano, tx
Comments: I purchase my reel here and after several usage, I'm def in LOVE with this reel. SO SMOOTH, and it's one of the best cast reel that I've ever purchase. It's really worth the money, small in size and perfect when dragging in that freshwater species. I would def purchase another one soon. Recommended this reel to anyone.
From: Washington: Temecula, CA
Comments: I purchased the tournament MG about 3 months ago. I used to have a Diawa Megaforce 100THS. It worked great for a few months than the level wind retrieve started skipping and not be smooth. After some research, and wanting a reel with an aluminum body, I decided to go with the Lew's Tournament MG for $130. I have no regrets and plan to purchase more Lew's reels in the future. My son has 2 ABU Garcia reels, and says that he is thinking about going with Lew's also. I am not saying anything bad at all about Diawa or ABU Garcia, as they both have great products. In my opinion, for the money they are worth it 100%
From: Gerald: Milwaukee, WI USA
Comments: This reel is AWESOME! Casts twice as far and is twice as smooth as my revo s. Also very good looking reel. Definitely will be buying a few more!
From: Hunter: Nevada, MO
Comments: I have fished a Quantum Accurist for 3 years now and they were my go to value priced baitcast reel. They discontinued accurist, so I decided to try this reel on a recommendation from a guy who professionally cleans fishing reels. I gotta say this baitcaster is a serious gamechanger. As I replace my 4 baitcasting reels that fish with...they are all going to be replaced with this reel. The reel is such a great value because you cant buy many, if any baitcast reels with 10 ball bearrings at this price point; not to mention that it has alot of upscale features! Its a well thought out baitcaster. It performs flawlessly. Its a workhorse that can handle whatever punishment you can dish out. You can bomb lures a long way; every cast is super smooth. When you get a back lash(which is very uncommon if you set the reel correctly) the line does not get tangled into a huge birdnest it just over runs the spool; this makes it very easy to get back to fishing fast instead of picking a backlash out on the water. This really impressed me alot. I paired the 7.1:1 left handed Lews reel with a 7' heavy action rod. It is now my favorite combo I own.
From: Brian: Lake carroll , IL
Comments: This is my favorite casting reel I own. Shimano used to be my go-to company, but after spending $200 and being vlet in the shimano chronarch, I gave Lews a try. I have owned other Quantum reels in the past as well, but this reel is by far the best. I own the left handed 5:4:1 and have it spooled up on 14 pound floro for cranking, and it still performs just as well as the first day. Have used it this whole fishing season, and it has been through abuse, and only two cleanings, not very thorough cleanings either, just some WD:40 in the bearings and cleaned out some gunk and it works great! The price point can't be beat for a reel this great as well. For spinning reels I go pflueger, and I have now found my new baitcasting company. Some people say they backlash easier on this, but I have not had that problem. A helpful tip I even do once in a while is put electrical tape on my line after spooling about 3/4 of my line on their and it becomes virtually impossible to backlash. If you need a cranking reel this is it for the price. Buying another now for my deep cranking and jerkbait setup. Good job lews!
Comments: AWESOME REEL!!! I purchased this reel a few weeks ago in the 5.4:1and I couldn't be happier. I am fairly new to baitcasters and would backlash every 10 casts or so. I have back lashed twice since owning this reel. And I have even fishe a local tournament where I threw small square bill crank baits on a windy day. I paired it with a Daiwa Ballistic Cranking rod. The drag and brake setting are super user friendly, as they both have audible clicks. It casts pretty far. My buddy would out cast my by 20-30 ft easy with the same set-up and even with his Abu Orra s. that is probably because he is way better than me. He is a DIE HARD Abu fan and went out and bought the same rod and reel for cranking. Can't say enough good things about it. Buying one in each of the gear ratios. I threw a 250$ Quantum reel that felt nowhere near as good as this. GO. BUY. THIS. REEL.
From: Shane: Ft. Benning, GA
Comments: I have only had this reel for a few days and I rarely submit reviews for anything but I feel the folks from Lews deserve it on this reel. I'm a die hard shimano guy and often praise the Chronarch as the best for the money. I bought the tournament mg with the low gear ratio for a new cranking setup and let me tell you it gives my $200 Shimano a run for its money. I can't speak to the longevity but the out of the box features and ease of use coupled with the excellent casting distance at $110. this is an amazing deal and I would highly recommend. Plan on buying a few more...Unlike similar priced reels this reel feels powerful and solid. Great job Lew's. You have one yourself a new fan.
From: Jeremiah: Bristol, TN
Comments: Follow up to last years review: This $130 reel is still going strong, out of the 10 plus rod-reels that our on my boat, this reel is my go to over all of them. I love the over sized swept handle, it never backlashes, in my opinion it is the best buy out there. I actually own the $200 tournament pro, and I prefer this reel over it!
From: Mike: Middletown, DE USA
Comments: just one thing to say! if you dont like this reel get youre butt off the water since you dont know how to work a bait cast!! i have it in all 3 gear ratios and i love it!!!
From: Alex: MI
Comments: This reel sucks!! Drag system doesn't even work after a week that i had it and it won't even cast smooth or far. NOT WORTH THE MONEY!!!
From: P: Fresno, Ca
Comments: this reel is great. It fishes really smooth and hardly ever backlashes. If it does it is my fault. I recommend this reel to everyone that loves bass fishing.
From: Cal: VA
Comments: Love this real! Lews really needs to make a real with a flipping switch
From: Zack: Rainsville,AL
Comments: Love this reel!! Hardly ever backlashes, and when it does (due to my error)it never creates a birdsnest. Easy to cast, nice feel in my hand, excellent design. Had it for about a month now and have caught 1-5 lb bass as well as a 15 lb snakehead - handled them all with ease. Graet, great reel!
From: Dave: Baltimore, MD USA
Comments: this reel is amazing it honestly is better then my brothers mgx(and i have fished both)the mg is half the rice and just as smooth and feels more durable in the hand. so what the mgx is 5.9 onces the lew's is made out of aluminum you know its going to last. i have 17 pound vicous flouro on it and it casts so good i use it alot, its a go to set up id rather get 2 or 3 of these fr the price of 1 mgx, i dont hate abu i think they are reeally good but if yo want better value look at this lew's i will be buying plenty more! buy this reel yu will not regret this
Comments: I have yet to make this work. You cant see through dark colors and for the ones you can see through, the product wont even go through the hole of the hook. its a waste of money. concept was great thats why I bought them but i have yet to get this to work.
From: J Rock: jax, fla
Comments: I just got this reel for my birthday and i have to say that it is awesome. I use it with my St. Croix premier 6'6" rod. I have always used spinning reels, but this is the first baitcasting reel I have bought and really used. The first day i took her out i caught 12 bass, and really had no birds nest the whole day. I love this reel and I recommend it to anybody who is new to baitcasters.
From: Tony: South Jersey
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