Lew’s Tournament MG Speed Spool Hi – Speed Baitcast Reel Review

By Nick Simpson | Fishing Reel Reviews

Lew's Tournament MG Speed Spool Hi - Speed Baitcast Reel

Lews Tournament MG Speed Spool Hi Speed Baitcast Reel 1

Rating: 4.2/5

Gear Ratio




- It is a good comprise between price and performance.

- It is a quality reel that meets the expectations of seasoned and novice anglers.

- It casts better than other reels in its category.

- It is a light reel.


- The price may be a little bit high for people with a tight budget.


Baitcasting Reels Comparison

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  • 8 bearing system
  • Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag UTD
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  • Aluminum and carbon fiber construction
  • 11 bearing system
  • Carbon Matrix Drag system
  • Magnetic braking system
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The Lew's TS1HMG Tournament MG is so far one of the top crankbait reels in the market. It can be used to throw a 1/4-ounce square bill and comes in varying ratios that includes the 7.1:1, 6.4:1 and 5.4:1.

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It means that anglers have both a slower and a faster reel to choose from. If you are the type that prefers throwing a big but deep-diving crank baits, then the slower reel would be ideal for this use.

However, if your application will be restricted in areas that are covered with grass, the faster speed version would be ideal for you. The lower ratio reel is suitable for deep-divers because it has a long lip and provides an extra torque courtesy of the slower ration.

Main Usage

The Lew's TS1HMG Tournament MG is controlled by a dial situated outside the housing. Also, it has a lube port that makes it easy to maintain the reel and comes with a longer handle that enhances the reels cranking power. The reel is packed with the most sought-after features.

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Its gear ratio range allows you to choose a reel that is suitable for your applications. The angler is free to choose a ratio that can allow him to cast the reel deep or at the jetty on the rocks. The reel's excellent drag system and the external lube port sets it apart from other reels.

Product Features

One-Piece Die Cast Aluminum Frame:

The Lew's TS1HMG Tournament MG is architecturally designed and comes in one piece die cast aluminum. The die cast makes the reel durable while the one piece frame makes it sturdier. The frames are made of aluminum and make the reels heavier compared to other reels in the same category, but which are made of graphite.

Perhaps one of the reasons why Lewis decided to have one piece die cast aluminum frame is that aluminum can easily be machined and anodized, plated or chromed so as to protect it and allow it to handle more pressure.

High-strength Solid Brass Gearing:

The reel comes with solid brass gearing that is more durable. Brass is preferred because it is sturdy and creates less friction compared to other materials.

Also, solid brass gearing feels smoother and does not have the conventional coating found in aluminum gearing and, which would otherwise counteract the self-lubricating ability found in brass. Also, the high-strength brass is difficult to compress, makes the gear smooth irrespective of the materials used to make other parts that come into contact with it.

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Externally Adjustable Magnetic Brake System (MBS):

The braking system is always an issue of concern in reels. However, Lewis has come up with a more formidable adjustable magnetic brake system which makes it extremely easy to handle and control the TS1HMG Tournament MG reel.

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The angler can adjust the reel to different lure sizes and can fine-tune it to the changing wind condition or baits.

The fact that the brakes are externally placed means that the angler does not waste time opening the unit to adjust the brakes.

Lew's Custom Paddle Handle Knobs:

The combination of handles and seat is no doubt the most critical aspect anglers should consider when choosing a reel. The design of the handle determines the grip that the angler will have and how effective the reel is.

The Lew's TS1HMG Tournament MG comes with a custom paddle handle knobs that give the angler a tight grip and makes it easier for them to control the reel, especially when battling it out with a powerful predator. The custom paddle handle knobs make the reel a perfect choice for the novice.


The Lew's TS1HMG Tournament MG has more features that set it apart from the other reels in its category. It allows the angler to make precise setting and comes with an external lube port that gives them an easier access.

In designing this reel, Lewis had spent time listening to the anglers need and decided to come up with a tool that delivers on anglers needs. The ten double-sided stainless steel bearings, the one piece die cast aluminum are among the features that make this real a necessary equipment for anglers.

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Nick is the youngest member of the team and he's very passionate about angling. He is the member that spends most of the time fishing at different locations around the world. His main focus is to simplify the techniques as much as possible and break them down so young anglers can catch up quickly. Nick loves the great outdoors and he's a proud owner of a vast collection of customized fishing equipment.

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