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Kristal Reel - Descriptions & Specifications

Kristal Fishing Reel Descriptions by Model Number and Series:

Kristal Fishing Reels are a complete line of electric deep drop fishing reels in both 12 and 24 volt power options. There are several sizes of Kristal Reels, you have smaller reels suitable for use as electric teaser reels, or electric kite reels for kite fishing, and from there the reel sizes progress up to the 651, which is Kristal’s largest reel for the US market. Aluminum spools are standard with some models, and optional on others. I recommend perusing the information below for a brief introduction to each reel and the features associated with each model. Our new LW models feature the BMC Line Tracking Level Wind.

Here is a brief description of each reel model we sell:

Kristal XL 640: This reel was developed to substitute the 635 XL. The 640 is a small electric reel suitable for both as an electric fishing kite reel, as well as an electric teaser reel, which may be easily bridge mounted. This reel has a dead weight pulling capacity of 25 LBS, and has the necessary power to pull in a fishing kite, as well as any teaser.

Kristal XL 640-M: This reel doubles as both an electric and manual kite reel. It has a dead weight lifting capacity of 25 LBS. It may also be used as a teaser reel when a manual option is desired.

Kristal XL 640 DM: The 640 DM is a variation of the XL 640, the difference is that the 640 DM is programmable. This reel features auto-stop, a line counter, and a programmable automatic jigging function. In addition to the programmable feature, the 640 DM also features a traditional reel handle and provides for a manual operation option. The 640 DM also features the electronic variable speed control.

Kristal 601 XL: The 601 XL is the industry standard electric kite reel. The 601 may be used as a bridge mounted teaser reel, or for light deep drop applications.

Kristal 601 M: The Kristal 601 M is both an electric fishing kite reel, or an electric teaser reel. Unlike the XL 601, the 601 M features a traditional reel handle and provides for a manual operation option.

Kristal 605 XL: The Kristal 605 XL is an electric kite and teaser reel that features a variable speed contorl that allows the angler to vary the retrieval speed of the reel. This reel is ideal for use on high wind days where wind resistance may cause damage to kite spars during the retrieval process.

Kristal 605 DM: The Kristal 605 DM is another variation of the XL 601, the difference is that the 605 DM is programmable. This reel features auto-stop, a line counter, and a programmable automatic jigging function. In addition to the programmable feature, the 605 DM also features a traditional reel handle and provides for a manual operation option and electronic variable speed control.

Kristal 621 XL: The Kristal 621 XL is probably the most popular deep drop electric fishing reel. This reel now features a new more powerful motor that can pull 75 LBS of dead weight, making it ideal for drops to 2000 feet, as well as powerful enough to pull double tiered dredges. The Kristal 621 XL is available with an aluminum spool option. The standard reel features a composite spool. The aluminum spool is desirable when the reel is used for sword fish, and larger saltwater deep sea game fish.

Kristal 621 M: This reel features the new motor capable of pulling 75 LBS of dead weight, making it ideal for drops to 2000 feet, as well as powerful enough to pull double tiered dredges. The Kristal 621 M features a traditional fishing reel handle and provided the angler with a manual over ride, or manual operation option.

Kristal 621 M LW: The 621 M LW reel features the new BMC Line Tracking Level Wind, which allows the angler to disengage the level wind when line payout is occuring, and reengaging the level wind when the line is being reeled in. When disengaged the level wind continues to track the line is payed out, keeping line order, and facilitating the reengagement of the level wind. This reel features the same power and operational characteristics of the standard 621 M model.

Kristal 611 DM: The Kristal 611 DM is a programmable electric reel that features auto-stop, a line counter, and an automatic jigging function, which is excellent for catching Tuna. In addition to the programmable feature, the 611 DM also features a traditional reel handle and electronic variable speed control.

Kristal 611 DM LW: The 611 DM LW reel features the new BMC Line Tracking Level Wind, which allows the angler to disengage the level wind when line payout is occuring, and reengaging the level wind when the line is being reeled in. When disengaged the level wind continues to track the line is payed out, keeping line order, and facilitating the reengagement of the level wind. This reel features the same power and operational characteristics of the standard 611 DM model.

Kristal 651 XL: The Kristal 651 XL is a standard commercial quality deep drop electric fishing reel, suitable for fishing depths beyond 2000 feet. In addition, the 651 XL is a very popular option for anglers wishing to pull multi-tiered mullet dredges.

Kristal 651 M: The Kristal 651 M is a commercial grade electric reel with a traditional reel handle that the angler may use as a manual over ride option, or for manual operation.

Kristal 651 M LW: The 651 M LW reel features the new BMC Line Tracking Level Wind, which allows the angler to disengage the level wind when line payout is occuring, and reengaging the level wind when the line is being reeled in. When disengaged the level wind continues to track the line is payed out, keeping line order, and facilitating the reengagement of the level wind. This reel features the same power and operational characteristics of the standard 651 M model.


Kristal 655 XL: The Kristal 655 XL is the standard commercial quality deep drop electric fishing reel, suitable for fishing depths beyond 2000 feet. Perfect for pulling large heavy dredges, the 655 XL features an electronic variable speed control.

Kristal 655 M: The Kristal 655 M is a standard commercial quality deep drop electric fishing reel, suitable for fishing depths beyond 2000 feet. The 655 M features an electronic variable speed control, as well as a traditional reel handle for manual operation.

Kristal 655 M LW: The 655 M LW reel features the new BMC Line Tracking Level Wind, which allows the angler to disengage the level wind when line payout is occuring, and reengaging the level wind when the line is being reeled in. When disengaged the level wind continues to track the line is payed out, keeping line order, and facilitating the reengagement of the level wind. This reel features the same power and operational characteristics of the standard 655 M model.

Kristal XL 655 DM: The Kristal 655 DM is a programmable commercial quality reel that features programmable auto-stop, a line counter, and automatic jigging functions. In addition the 655 DM includes a traditional reel handle and electronic variable speed control. This reel comes standard with an aluminum spool.

Kristal XL 655 DM LW: The 655 DM LW reel features the new BMC Line Tracking Level Wind, which allows the angler to disengage the level wind when line payout is occuring, and reengaging the level wind when the line is being reeled in. When disengaged the level wind continues to track the line is payed out, keeping line order, and facilitating the reengagement of the level wind. This reel features the same power and operational characteristics of the standard 655 XL DM model.

Kristal 655 XF: The Kristal 655 XF is identical to the 651 XF in power. This reel features a variable speed control that allows the angler the ability to vary the retrieval speed of the reel.

Kristal 655 XF DM Gulf Series: New model released May 2012. This reel was designed for catching tuna and swordfish off the coastal waters of the Gulf Coast. This reel features a manual over ride, variable speed control, and is fully programmable. This reel is available in both 12 or 24 volt power options. The "XF" suffix denotes "eXtreme Fishing", and is rated for 1500 LBS of fish pulling power.

Kristal 655 XF DM LW Gulf Series: The 655 XF DM LW reel features the new BMC Line Tracking Level Wind, which allows the angler to disengage the level wind when line payout is occuring, and reengaging the level wind when the line is being reeled in. When disengaged the level wind continues to track the line is payed out, keeping line order, and facilitating the reengagement of the level wind. This reel features the same power and operational characteristics of the standard 655 XF DM Gulf Series model.

Kristal XL-75: The Kristal XL-75 features the same motor and pulling capacities of the Kristal 621, the difference is price, location of the spool, and drag configuration. The XL-75 is a gear driven electric fishing reel, it features interchangeable spools, an aluminum spool option, and a star drag. Unlike the other XL reels, the Kristal XL-75 has a side mounted spool. This reel is excellent for deep drop, and it also does double duty as an electric downrigger. The XL-75 is a rod mounted reel that will fit on a deep drop rod rated at 80 LB class or more.

Kristal KF 001 & KF 003: These models are sometimes referred to as "box units" and are complete fishing systems that are mounted directly on your vessel's rod holders. Unlike the other models, the commercial grade KF 001 & KF 003 are not mounted on traditional bent butt rods. Each reel comes with it's own built in rod, and mounting bracket that fits all standard rod holders. In addition to deep drop fishing reels, these models will do double duty as electric downriggers.

All of the Kristal electric reel models may be purchased with optional analog line counters, as well as with optional level winds. At BMC we are an authorized Kristal dealer and service center. The LW, level wind reels are only available in the M and DM models for the 621, 651, and XF 655 series.

Models XL 605-D, 611-D, & 655-D are programmable models that do not have the manual over ride feature. I did not list descriptions for these, however they are featured in our store.

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Louis, CEO BMC Tackle Inc.

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