(This article is being reprinted with permission from The New Jersey Angler • September 2010)
When 2007 Angler of the Year and 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion Skeet Reese first teamed-up with Wright & McGill, the outcome was just as one would expect. At ICAST last year, the Colorado-based company, with the help and presence of Reese himself, unveiled the Tessera rods that have since been hailed a big success in the bass arena. Well, a year has passed and once again Reese is in contention for the Angler of the Year Award and once again Wright & McGill had a surprise up their sleeve at ICAST this year. With their Skeet Reese signature “Victory” spinning and casting reels, they are once again proving to anglers that high-performance doesn’t have to come at a high price.
Stan Wright and Drew McGill came together to form Wright & McGill nearly 80 years ago. In that time, the company has grown to become one of the most recognized and well-respected names in the industry. They now offer a full line of products under the Eagle Claw and Wright & McGill brands. With new additions like the Tessera and Victory, it’s no surprise their popularity is booming.
Reese developed the Victory spinning reel to meet his championship standards. Its premium components and impressive list of features are usually associated with reels twice the price. The Victory has an all aluminum body that is super-strong and ultra light, and its 9+1 ball bearing system delivers silky-smooth operation. The spool, spare spool and machined power handle have also been crafted from aluminum. An extreme duty, thick power bail and long-lasting bail spring help ensure that the Victory stays in peak working condition for years to come. The Victory also features infinite anti-reverse, an anti-twist roller and a front drag for maximum control. It’s saltwater resistant and comes complete with a protective storage bag.
The Victory spinning reels are the perfect match in weight, balance and color for the signature Tessera spinning rods. They will be available in four sizes: a 2500 that holds 100-yards of 8-pound test, a 3000 (155 yards of 8-pound test), a 3500 (185 yards of 10-pound test) and a 4000 (190 yards of 12-pound test).
Wright & McGill and Reese also worked closely to create the Victory casting reel. Like the Victory spinning models, the quality, affordably priced reel has been fitted with the components and performance that Reese uses to win titles. The sturdy aluminum frame, low-profile bait caster comes with either a 6.2:1 or 7.0:1 gear ratio. Key features include infinite anti-reverse, centrifugal anti-backlash braking, one-touch removable aluminum spool and a quick-access side panel.
An oversized power handle, coupled with precision cut gears and 10 ball bearings pave the way for smooth, reliable winding power. The Victory casting reel is equipped with a super-duty Teflon drag system and audible click star adjuster to make sure the toughest brutes can be tamed with relative ease. It comes with a neoprene reel case and is backed by a one-year warranty.
The Victory casting reel bears Reese’s signature yellow and black and is the perfect complement to the Tessera casting rods. Both the 6.2:1 and 7.0: gear ratio reels hold 120-yards of 12-pound test and are available in left-hand models.
Ask for the Skeet Reese signature Victory and Tessera series at your favorite Northeast tackle retailer or for more information visit wright-mcgill.com.