Van Staal VM150 Spinning Reel

Van Staal VM150 Spinning Reel

The aluminum and stainless steel construction of the affordable VM150 create more than enough strength and power to tackle big and exotic fish.

Price: $449.00
TD Code
Mono Capacity
Braid Capacity
285/12350/304.9:122.533'' / Turn$449.00 USD
The versatile and affordable Van Staal VM150 has all the strength and power that you would expect from a Van Staal reel. At $449 it's the strongest, most affordable reel in its class.

The Van Staal VM150 spinning reel features a changeable left- or right-hand retrieve, holds 350 yards of 30-pound braided line and can handle up to 30 pounds of drag stopping power. The aluminum and stainless steel construction of the VM150 create more than enough strength to tackle big and exotic fish and the precision gears and smooth drag performance make it the perfect go-to reel from boat or from shore.

The VM150 has quickly become the go to for anglers that require a strong reliable reel for both jigging and popping.

  • Machined out of aeronautics grade aluminum
  • Hardened stainless steel gears
  • Solid stainless steel main shaft
  • Left to right hand conversion
Van Staal VM150 features:
  • Machined body, rotor and spool
  • Anodized protection
  • Sealed surfaces
  • Strong 316 Stainless Steel helical face gear and Stainless Steel pinion gear
  • Stainless bail with internal trip
  • Interchangeable right/left hand retrieve
  • 30lbs of drag pressure
  • Stainless Steel power handle
4.5 Stars based on 61 reviews
By Jim S.
Cape Coral, FL
Van Staal VM150
October 11, 2017
Love this reel, paired it with a St. Croix VIS70MHF...outstanding quality & performance and built like a tank!
By Eric
Cape cod, ma
Great reel
September 21, 2017
Went in with some friends on the buy 2 get 1 free sale. Best choice ive made this year on tackle. Wanted this reel for the durability of fishing on shore and is great on the boat. Reel is a little heavier than the saragosa 6000 that i looked at, which is about equal in size. This thing should take some abuse which i indend to do. Caught some decent stripers on it and the drag is very smooth. I love my older stella 4000 that i use all the time but got sick of worrying about marking it up on the rocks so fits the bill perfect.
  • Very smooth drag, durable construction, good line capacity.
  • Little heavier than the equal shimanos I looked at but have used it for hours at a time and didnt notice too bad.
By Gary Q.
Van Staal VM150
June 4, 2012
I use it on my Malaysian water trip(Sabah)to jig for Amber Jacks/Red Snappers/Big name it...Strong yet affordable.If you do not have consider it.I rate it a 5 stars low Budget spinning reel!!(Gary Quek>>Singapore)
  • Solid and Affordable for this model..That's why i do own a number of Van Staal VS and VSB model's too!
  • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Nil<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
By Dustin F.
Bonita Springs, FL
Amazing reel!
April 13, 2012
Great reel, fit and finish are superb. I use it for everything from snook, tarpon, redfish to offshore grouper and amberjack. Silky smooth drag and performs flawlessly. Mine cranked in legal grouper after legal grouper while my friends Penn Torque ate it!
Merchant Response:Thank you for your review. We agree, it's a great reel.
  • Everything! Fit, finish, drag, price, features.....all great!
  • Wish there were more sizes! Particularly a "100" size for smaller inshore fish!
By Tanner L.
Died on me
December 21, 2019
Im not bashing this reel but it did fail me after about 2 years. I fish a lot at the sebastian inlet which is definitely tough on reels but I bought this reel so I wouldnt have to worry about reels dying. I also kept great care of it.
  • Super smooth drag
  • pretty heavy and if you are going to be casting hard and far then the bail will absolutely flip over and will break your lure off.
By Neil
Charleston, SC
December 16, 2019
Used this reel for EVERYTHING. Surf casting stripers, sight Fishing Cobia, jigging for AJs and other bottom critters, etc. Its been an absolute workhorse. No issues yet after year one. Not SUPER strong drag, but gets the job done for sure. Paired with shimano teramar northeast edition.
  • Staal quality but not $1000
  • None
By Jun D.
Norwich, CT
It’s solid but heavy
December 12, 2019
I would recommend add more money to get the VR series! I tried to use it for surf fishing and I feel tired after ten cast!
  • Quality
  • Too much weight
By "Binky" B.
Solid heavy reel with a few problems
September 17, 2019
I got it on black friday for 300 bucks....figured why not... At first I was impressed on how solid the Reel was but then later I ran into a few problems. My first issue is the drag knob it can be very hard to turn it when it's wet and slippery also there is lots of vertical play in the spool, lastly it seems like as you increase the drag, the knop gets it is harder to turn... The reel is not fully seal but yet its a egg beater.... Either save up and get the vr or get something else.... For the full $450 it is no way worth it
  • Solid CNC aluminum and stainless steel
  • Drag knob issues and it is a egg beater not fully sealed
By Howard
Seems to be a really nice reel
August 26, 2019
Glad I was able to get this reel before they disappeared.
  • Well built.
  • Solid.
  • Slightly heavy - no aluminum handle included
One of my favorite REELS
June 15, 2019
By Steven
, NJ
Amazing Reel!
February 16, 2019
Love this reel. So glad I was able to take advantage of this fantastic deal from TackleDirect. Van Staal quality at a ridiculous price.
  • Well made. Looks great. High Quality
  • None.
By Mud M.
Cape may
Great reel
December 21, 2018
Nothing but confidence when in use everything works as it should with a reputable name only downfall is the weight but easily forgotten once you feel the weight on the other end of the line good product it's a shame it's discontinued
  • Exceptional value
  • Overall weight
By Mark M.
Cape Cod
December 20, 2018
This is the First VS i ever owned it is everything i expect it to be
By Lonnie B.
Panama City Florida
Van Staal VM150
December 19, 2018
The Van Staal VM150 , The best reel I’ve ever purchased. I’ll be purchasing more van Staal reels in the future.
Pawleys Island,SC
December 2, 2018
One word summary- TANK
Val Sawyer
  • Quality
  • Craftsmanship
  • Tough as nails
  • None- if you?re looking for a reel that will withstand the coming Apocalypse, this is it.
33 Questions & 35 Answers
from Brooklyn, NY asked:
February 22, 2019
The only downside to this reel is that it is heavy.  I know the additional aluminum handles they made for sale are virtually impossible to find so my question is; would the Bail Less Manual pickup shave off any substantial weight?  I 
1 Answer
You wouldn't be able to feel the actual difference in weight its that little. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on February 28, 2019

Nolan Eldridge
from Massachusetts asked:
February 14, 2019
Would this reel be too big for my 7 foot freshwater rod?
1 Answer
This would be to big for a freshwater rod.
Submitted by: Bernie on February 14, 2019

efrain fernandez
from New Jersey asked:
November 26, 2018
What will be the best rod for this reel to use on the boat. Stripers and blues.
1 Answer
That paired with a mh or medium power Shimano terez would pair up great for Blues and stripers
Submitted by: Bernie on November 26, 2018

from PVD asked:
September 6, 2018
What does this reel weigh with bail?
1 Answer
the weight of this reel is 22.5oz
Submitted by: Tyler on September 6, 2018

from Galt, CA asked:
August 6, 2018
Is the spool braid ready or do I need to put tape on spool to prevent slippage?
1 Answer
You will want to put either mono backing or tape on the bottom of the spool
Submitted by: Tyler on August 7, 2018

from Chicago, Ill asked:
June 26, 2018
I would like to use this reel for great lakes salmon and musky. Would a Browning, Six Rivers, 8.5" Medium Heavy rod (SIR86MHS-2) be a good pairing? Thank you
1 Answer
yes the vm150 would be a good choice.
Submitted by: Bernie on June 27, 2018

from Atlanta, ga asked:
January 17, 2018
Is this deal still on? Buy 2 get one free
2 Answers
The deal is still going on for the VM150' s. You would buy two and get one free.
Submitted by: Donald on January 18, 2018
Hello Symba, the buy 2 get 1 deal is still on
Submitted by: Bernie on January 18, 2018

from Mary Esther, FL asked:
December 30, 2017
can I use a Higher than 30# test for this reel? And if I can what is the highest #test I can put?
1 Answer
Yes, you can use higher then to 30# test. A 50# would probably be the heavest line test you can put on the vm150 without giving up to much line capacity.
Submitted by: Bernie on January 3, 2018

from Chicago, IL asked:
November 16, 2017
Hi, this is a great reel. I'd like to ask if possible. Until when is this deal for BUY 2 GET 1 FREE? Thank you
1 Answer
The deal is over when we run out of them.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 16, 2017

from Hatfield Pa asked:
February 5, 2015
Can you change the retrieve to a left or right hand retrieve?
1 Answer
Yes you can.
Submitted by: John on February 12, 2015

from Palm Bay, Fl asked:
July 12, 2018
Does these come with the aluminum handle?
1 Answer
The handle is stainless steel.
Submitted by: Rebecca on July 13, 2018

from Placentia, CA asked:
April 9, 2018
I was thinking of getting the new twinpower 5000XD to pair up with my Ocea limited plugger (8f medium), but I decided to go with this reel because I've heard good things about it. Do you think this is a good match?
1 Answer
The VM150 paired with the Ocea Limited Plugger 8' M would be a great combo for you. This rod and reel could be used for a variety of fish such as Striped Bass, Drumfish, etc.
Submitted by: Donald on April 11, 2018

Mark Anastas
from maine asked:
December 16, 2017
would this reel for good for inshore striper fishing useing 7'6 ft rods. Or can you suggest a better combo thx
1 Answer
This would be a good reel large ocean going stripers with techniques like snag and drop, chunking, jigging, and casting heavier plugs. I wouldn't want to use this on a lighter inshore rod for casting lighter baits like plastics in the rivers or back bays.
Submitted by: Devon on December 19, 2017

from CAPE CORAL, Florida asked:
August 9, 2017
Is the VM 150 auto bail close by cranking or manual close only?
1 Answer
The VM 150 does have an automatic bail.
Submitted by: Donald on August 10, 2017

from Texas asked:
July 23, 2017
What is the max drag?
1 Answer
The max drag for this reel is 30 lbs.
Submitted by: Donald on July 25, 2017

Robert T. Warfield
from Maryland asked:
May 11, 2017 is the vm 150 comparable to a 400 class reel size wise. I can't relate to the VM150. When describing reel size one typically categorise the size by, 3000, 3500, 4000 etc. Thanks
1 Answer
The VM150 is comparable to most 6000 size reels.
Submitted by: Donald on May 12, 2017

from Pittsburgh PA asked:
April 9, 2017
I like to use this reel for kayak fishing and wondering if you could suggest a compatible rod for jigging. Currently I am using a st criox tidemaster 7'6 med hvy. Do you think the reel is too big for this rod?
1 Answer
The VM150 would not be too big to balance well with the rod, however you might prefer a shorter rod for jigging. I would suggest looking at the Shimano Trevala.
Submitted by: Devon on April 11, 2017

from Rhode Island asked:
April 2, 2017
Would the St. Croix Tidemaster 7' heavy be a good match?
1 Answer
Some might prefer a smaller reel on a 7' Tidemaster, but I don't think it would be a mismatch by any means.
Submitted by: Devon on April 4, 2017

John M Manolakis
from Pennsylvania asked:
March 10, 2017
hay I wanted to ask if the 10ft.TFO surf rod would be ok with the 150 thanks
1 Answer
The Van Staal VM150 Spinning Reel will be a good match with the 10 ft TFO Surf Rod. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 10, 2017

from Hayden, Idaho asked:
February 12, 2017
How does the VM 150 pair with the St Croix LTS76MHF3?
2 Answers
The VM 150 being 22.5 oz will be a bit heavy for the St Croix LTS76MHF3. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs and have a great day.
Submitted by: Donald on February 14, 2017
Jamie, Hello the reel will match with this rod but it is going to be a little big to heavy for this rod.
Submitted by: Tyler on February 14, 2017

from Toronto asked:
December 30, 2016
Does the VM150 now come with the new aluminum handle or the original stainless steel handle? Thanks
1 Answer
The Van Staal VM150 Spinning Reel comes with the original stainless steel handle.
Submitted by: Donald on December 30, 2016

Joe Snyder
from asked:
December 16, 2016
Can it be converted to a bail-less configuration?
1 Answer
The VM150 can be converted to a bail - less.
Submitted by: Donald on December 17, 2016

Phil C
from MD - Maryland asked:
September 29, 2016
How much braided line does the spool take?
1 Answer
This spool takes 350 yards of 30 lb braid.
Submitted by: Donald on September 29, 2016

Phil C
from MD - Maryland asked:
September 29, 2016
Can I pair this reel with an 11 foot St. Croix Mojo surf rod?
1 Answer
The 11 foot St. Croix Mojo surf rod would pair well with the Van Staal VM150 Spinning Reel.
Submitted by: Donald on September 29, 2016

from jersey asked:
October 14, 2015
where are Van Staal reels made
1 Answer
All Van Staals are made in China.
Submitted by: David on October 15, 2015

from Fort Myers, FL asked:
April 9, 2015
What is a good rod to mount this on? I will be using it for redfish and snook. Is this reel to heavy for inshore usage? I currently use gloomis rods and Penn conflict reels.
1 Answer
Hello John. For what you will be doing, take a look at the star Aerial rods and St. Croix Tidemaster rods. They can be seen here: Please feel free to contact us via e-mail or phone if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Brandon on April 10, 2015

from IL asked:
November 16, 2014
How large is this reel? Trying to get a sense of size relative to say a 4000 series Shimano.
1 Answer
Physically, they are closer in size to a 5000. They weigh more.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 17, 2014

Ann Sinisi
from Moonachie NJ asked:
October 29, 2014
is this reel water sealed?
1 Answer
Not the same as the VS and VSB series is. The following is from the Van Staal website; The VM Series, like all Van Staal reels, is designed to be extremely durable and is built with the highest quality materials. However, unlike the VS and VSB reels, the VM is not designed to be submerged and periodic service by the consumer is necessary to keep this reel operating at peak performance. The VM Series also has a serviceable side cove and the entire reel can be disassembled and reassembled easily by the consumer with a limited number of tools. If your VM is submerged or exposed to extremely harsh saltwater conditions it is important that it be opened up, cleaned and re-lubricated. We recommend your reel be periodically serviced by a Van Staal Authorized Service and Warranty Center to maintain the reel's optimal performance.
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 29, 2014

Norman Saunders
from Turks & Caicos Islands. asked:
October 1, 2013
Is there a spare spool for this reel?
1 Answer
Yes, there is a spare spool available for this reel. We do not stock it regularly, but we can order it in. Our TD Code for the VM150 spare spool is VAN-0084.
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 1, 2013

from new york,new york asked:
August 10, 2012
Can this reel be submerged in the water without damaging it?
1 Answer
It is a waterproof drag but it is not 100% sealed and waterproof like the VS series.
Submitted by: Customer Service on August 10, 2012

from destin, florida asked:
July 31, 2012
will this be made in a maunal like the vs 150-300?
1 Answer
I don't believe it will be. Not for the near future.
Submitted by: Customer Service on August 1, 2012

from Redington Shores, FL asked:
June 6, 2012
is this reel made in usa, japan, or china? Thank you
1 Answer
This reel is made in China.
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 7, 2012

jesse power
from cape cod MA asked:
May 11, 2012
I was wondering what fishing rod about 10'6 would work with the VM150. I'm fishing from the beach for striper's and blue's
1 Answer
St. Croix Mojo Surf Spinning Rods would work great and they have a 10'6 model:
Submitted by: Customer Service on May 16, 2012


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