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KastKing Sharky III Spinning Reel Review

Dale Shetler
By Dale Shetler
Updated February 16, 2021
KastKing Sharky III
KastKing Sharky III
  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Saltwater safe
  • 5000 is very small
  • Withers with time
  • Not the most durable option
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The KastKing Sharky III is a durable and long-lasting spinning reel suitable for nearly all fishing conditions. Built with highly durable materials, this spinning reel can snag you top trophy fish, all while offering super smooth retrieval, resistant features, and affordable prices.

Meet the KastKing Sharky III

If you are in need of an all around impressive spinning reel, then you will like the KastKing Sharky III. This spinning reel is built so that it can land all trophy fish, regardless of the fishing condition. This reel combines lightweight material with reinforced parts, ensuring that the reel is comfortable and durable.

This impressive spinning reel is highly powerful with up to 39.5 pounds of carbon fiber drag. It also comes with stainless steel main shaft and mesh manganese brass pinion gears, offering more fishing muscle. At the same time, retrieval is super smooth. You don't even need backing line when using braiding fishing line because of the Shark Fin Braid Ready aluminum spool.

All the while, the KastKing Sharky III is durable because of its KISS protection. KISS is an acronym standing for KastKing Intrusion Shield System. This system ensures that the spool, body, and rotor are water resistant.

In addition to the impressive designs, the KastKing Sharky III comes with many features, such as salt water safe ball bearings, an aluminum handle, and more. We will look at the features in more detail in the next section.  

Technical Specs

  • Model: 3000
  • Gear Ratio: 5.2:1
  • BB: 10+1
  • Max Drag: 33.0 lbs.
  • Mono Line Capacity: 8/220
  • Braid Line Capacity: 30/220
  • Weight: 9.2 oz.
  • Retrieve: Left/Right

Features

As we already mentioned, the KastKing Sharky III is incredibly lightweight, powerful, and durable. Now, we want to take a second to look at the consistent features of the fishing reel.

One nice feature of the KastKing Sharky III is its high density EVA grips. These grips offer slip free control over the reel, no matter the condition. This ensures that you can hold on to your spinning real, even if it has already gotten very wet and the fish is pulling.

The KastKing Sharky III even comes with exquisite Shark Fin Braid Ready spool. This spool removes the need for backing. At the same time, it prevents the braid line from slipping. Once again, this makes the fishing experience much more enjoyable since it eliminates snags.

The last main feature we're going to look at is the Anti-Twist Line Roller. Since most lightweight reels have trouble with snagging, the KastKing Sharky III comes with a unique twist-free roller, ensuring that the line has minimal tangles and snarls.

All Features

  • Anti-Twist Line Roller
  • Braid fishing line ready aluminum spool
  • EVA grips
  • Precision manganese brass alloy gear
  • Stainless steel bearings
  • Stainless steel main shaft
  • Triple disc carbon fiber drag

Pros

Unlike some other basic fishing reels in the market, the KastKing Sharky III has quite a few notable positives. Let’s take a minute or so to consider a few.

Most importantly, the KastKing Sharky III is a highly versatile fishing reel that will withstand just about any environment. It is great for all fishing conditions, meaning that you can really get your money’s worth out of this product.

You can even use the KastKing Sharky III in saltwater conditions. It is specifically designed to withstand salt water, and it certainly lives up to this promise. It is highly durable and will not be corroded from the saltwater. This is a major benefit since many supposedly saltwater safe reels really aren't that long lasting.

Another big pro of the KastKing Sharky III is that it feels really smooth. In fact, it is one of the smoothest reels we have found at its price. Both casting and reeling are effortless, balanced, and smooth, making your fishing experience enjoyable as a whole.

Finally, the last pro of this fishing reel is its price. This is easily one of the most affordable fishing reels you can get, but it isn't cheap. It simply is a great way to save money while still getting a reel that is durable, long-lasting, and effective.

All Pros

  • Versatile
  • Saltwater safe
  • Durable
  • Feels smooth
  • Affordable

Cons

All good things must come to an end, and that includes our discussion about the KastKing Sharky III. Although we were overall pleased with this reel, it does come with a couple of drawbacks.

Most notably, the smoothness of this reel does wear away with time. Though it won't break entirely, the smoothness will slowly go down the more you use it, especially if you like using this Sharky in saltwater environments.

Another drawback is that the 5000 is very small. It is only slightly larger than the 2000, meaning you should definitely get a different brand if you need a 5000 level fishing reel. The other sizes of this reel are more accurate.

Finally, the last drawback is its customer service. It is difficult to get ahold of a person who can actually help you, no matter what your question is about this product.

All Cons

  • Smoothness goes down with time
  • 5000 is small
  • Poor customer service
  • Not the most durable model on the market

Conclusion

In conclusion, the KastKing Sharky III is a really great budget fishing reel for general needs. If you are on a really strict budget, you certainly can't go wrong with this option. At its price, it's hard to find another reel that offers the same durability and features as this one.

Still, the KastKing Sharky III reel is not perfect. It does wither with time, and the smoothness goes down. Additionally, the 5000 is incredibly small, only barely bigger than the 2000, and the customer service is poor at best.

Still, we recommend the KastKing Sharky III if you are looking for a budget spinning reel that is durable, efficient, and saltwater safe. Just keep in mind that this is not the best fishing reel on the market, but it is a great budget find.

ModelGear RatioMax Drag (Lbs)Mono Line Capacity (Lbs/Yds)Braid Line Capacity (Lbs/Yds)Weight (Oz)IPTRetrieveBB
10005.2:133.06/200, 8/17020/200, 30/1707.427.8Left /Right10+1
20005.2:133.06/220, 8/19020/200, 30/1909.127.8Left /Right10+1
30005.2:133.08/220, 10/17530/220, 40/1759.229.7Left /Right10+1
40005.2:139.510/220, 12/20040/220, 50/20010.231.8Left /Right10+1
50005.2:139.512/220, 14/19050/220, 60/19010.633.8Left /Right10+1