Veteran Oklahoma tournament bass angler James Elam knows the fishing tackle. When money is on the line, he relies on KastKing’s MegaJaws Elite Baitcasting Reel to put big bass in his hatchery.

“I really love this reel because it comes in both moderate and fast gear ratios, making it extremely versatile for my fishing.” says the 36-year-old Tulsa angler with more than $750,000 in career tournament winnings from him. “This reel casts far; it really shells a lure a long way. That’s important when you’re catching scary fish in clear water, and you can’t get close to them to tempt a bite.”

The reel’s Auto Adjust Magnetic Braking (AMB) system rarely backs down as the system automatically adjusts the reel brakes based on reel speed. This allows for more casting without worrying about line snarl.

KastKing’s MegaJaws Elite Baitcasting Reel is available in a 7.2:1 retrieve ratio and a 9.2:1 retrieve ratio. Elam loves the faster retrieve reel when fishing something slow for bass.

“It really helps when a fish explodes on a LIVETARGET Frog or topwater, and I have to get the cast back on the fish as quickly as possible,” he explains. “That high-speed retrieve (9 to 1) gets my lure back early, so I can get that bait back on the bass before the fish leaves or gets cold from the frenzy of hitting.”

The slower retrieve 7.2:1 MegaJaws Elite Baitcasting Reel is Elam’s choice when ripping plugs or using hard lures, artificial vibrators and swim baits.

“It’s easy to overload a lure with a high-speed reel, so the slower retrieve ratio is ideal for many maneuvers,” he explains. “It’s also my favorite when using lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and speakers. The reel is also my choice when the water is cold or there is a cold front, and the slower retrieves are the best.”

Although Elam uses his MegaJaws Elite Baitcasting Reels as a standard bait cast and retrieve caster, he is second to none for flipping and casting.

“The reel has a very useful rotary switch that allows for hard, fast shots without having to turn the handle,” says the Major League Fishing pro with seven years of tournament experience and three big-money event wins. “Turn on the rotary switch, depress the thumb stick and let your line out; release it and the line stops; that’s vital for catching big fish in tough cover.”

MegaJaws Elite Baitcasting reels are lightweight and sit well in the hand for easy palming of the reel.

Elam uses the entire fluorocarbon line on their MegaJaws Elite, from 12 to 20 lbs. The only exception is when fishing very dense cover in Florida or other southern states where large bass are found in overgrown jungles. In those places, use a braided line of the same pound test, often with a fluorocarbon leader.

Choosing a rod to use with MegaJaws Elite Baitcasting Reels is easy for Elam.

“Any of the rods in the KastKing Speed ​​Demon Pro series are great,” he says. “I use them all from 6-foot-10 to 7-foot-11, depending on how I’m fishing where and with what line and lures. They pair perfectly with MegaJaws Elite baitcasting reels.”


  • CNC machined aluminum frame
  • Low profile, palm-friendly design.
  • Self-adjusting magnetic brake system
  • Close Up Fishing Flippin Switch
  • Digi-Cut 7075 Aerospace Grade Aluminum Gears
  • Right or left handed 7.2:1 (Dark Galaxy) and 9.1:1 (Predator Red)

MSRP: $129.99

About KastKing:

Founded in 2013, KastKing had a vision of producing quality products designed by anglers for anglers and delivered directly to the consumer at affordable prices. True to that vision, KastKing products are developed through input from the fishing community and go directly to the manufacturing plant. This reverse formula from manufacturer to consumer introduces cutting edge features into the new products that anglers want and need. The brand has gained popularity with anglers by offering affordable innovation through in-house engineering, allowing KastKing to offer never-before-seen technology at truly extraordinary prices. Ten years later, KastKing products have been sold to consumers in more than 150 countries and regions around the world through a variety of supply chains. Originally, KastKing products were only available online, but consumers can now find their favorite products in a growing number of retail stores. To learn more about KastKing and KastKing products, please visit our website at or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube.

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