Wes Seigler, owner of Truth Reels, first made his name racing bicycles and later became known for designing them. Despite all the time spent in the bicycle industry, Wes never lost his love for saltwater fishing. His passion for fishing eventually won out and Wes created Release Reels (now Truth Reels).
Truth SG Saltwater Baitcasting Reel
Release reels became Truth reels which was a better fitting name for a made in the U.S.A product with a lifetime warranty. Most anglers that spend any time on social media have seen these reels. Wes does excellent work promoting his fishing line. Come with me for a closer look at the Truth SG baitcaster.
Product: Truth SG (Small Game) Saltwater Baitcasting Reel.
Overall Rank: 88 out of 100.
Price: Lower middle range.
Owner: Wes Seigler.
Intro To The Truth SG Saltwater Reel
I remember the Release reels from seeing them used on offshore trips. To be honest, I never did have an opportunity to try one. Nor have I had access to the newer Truth reels. I’ll be writing this review based on all the online information available and I’ll also be adding some feedback from at least one personal owner of three different Truth reels.
Truth Reels SG – Models, Specs, & Features
Truth designs and manufactures one line of reels. The SG baitcaster represents one of the reels in their line, though it does come with smoke blue, silver, or red coloring. Other reels in the Truth line include two star drag models and larger lever designs as well.
Truth SG Reel Specifications
I mentioned that Truth SG reels were light (13.2 oz). They’re also extremely tough and durable. Small in stature perhaps, but able to hold onto an incredible amount of force with its carbon fiber drag system. The strike drag setting applies an impressive 18 pounds and full drag goes up to 25 pounds max.
Truth reels put speed into the SG which owns a gear ratio of 6:1 and 38″ of line per crank. Expect to use 275 yards of your favorite monofilament line or 500 yards of 50 pound braid to fill up the spool. The SG claims ceramic spool bearings though I couldn’t see them on Alantani.com. He has a great tutorial that shows break down, maintenance, and reassembly of the reel.
Truth Reels – SG Features
Simple and practical with perfect implementation of a few important features describes the SG reel. Let’s go over these design extras here.
Offshore anglers love a reel with a powerful handle. During those times when the fight gets nasty, fishermen need to get down and apply a lot of force on a reel. The crank style arm design allows fishermen a strong handle when the time comes to put the wood to angry sportfish. The crank arm stays close to the frame giving much better leverage.
Beefed Up Anti Reverse
Truth reels put a little more strength into the dog gear and stopper bearing when they designed the SG. Cheaper systems can break down over time and when they do the reel will slip or spin. An anti reverse system also needs to hold strong on a hot drag fish.
Instant Gear Strike Button
Don’t worry about having to flip a switch or turn the handle to engage the bail. The well situated Strike Button puts the reel into immediate gear when you’re ready to set the hook.
Detent Lever System
This term applies to the strike position on the lever drag. It arrests the lever at the strike position and anglers can feel it secure when it gets there. The detent lever system makes it easy to find the strike setting and holds it in place once there.
Pros & Cons Of Truth Reels SG Baitcaster
Anglers enjoy the SG Baitcaster mainly because of its small size and light weight. After holding a rod and reel for 10-12 hours straight, a lighter reel looks very attractive.
For such a small reel the Truth SG baitcaster doesn’t let up under stress. They land the kind of fish you wouldn’t expect to see caught by a reel their size.
For a strong reel built out of durable material (aluminum), the SG comes at good value price. I always find it easier spending money on a reel when I know the parts, manufacturing, and material are sound. All Truth Reel parts, material, and manufacturing come exclusively
Nowhere on the Truth website did I read anything about anti corrosive coatings, systems, or properties. Saltwater reels all have them which tells me they exist, but Truth Reels makes no mention. The website fails to be very descriptive about the reels in general.
I did read a desire to see a bearing placed into the knob handle. Users have reported that it sticks after a while and removal for cleaning proves difficult.
Who Is Best Suited To The Truth Reels SG Baitcaster?
The SG reel best suits anglers looking inshore for small shark or larger halibut. It makes an effective weapon offshore against strong Yellowtail, Amberjack, or larger rockfish species.
Truth Reel Support
Support at Truth Reels comes second to none. A big reason I say this has to do with their Lifetime Warranty. Any trouble with any Truth Reel products can be sent in for repair or replacement for a small processing fee.
Interested parties can also download the owner’s manual from TruthReels.com. The manual comes with helpful information like how to set your lever drag, how to clean your reel, spooling tips, and oh yea, how to register your reel. Registration allows anglers to take advantage of the lifetime warranty but can be done quickly on their website.
Overall Ranking: 88 out of 100.
For a reel so simple in features I’d have like to have seen a better asking price which normally would drive my ranking down. I gave the Truth SG baitcaster bonus points for their lifetime warranty which I haven’t seen offered by another company.
I do feel confident in the performance of Truth Reels and I’ve seen many a catch featured on social media. Wes Seigler tests the reels in some pretty awesome locations (not that I’m jealous) and they go back to the drawing board when he doesn’t like them. It’ll be interesting to watch how Truth Reels moves into the next generation of saltwater reels.