Top 10 Best Shimano Reels
for January 2022

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SHIMANO Stradic 4000FL XG Spinning Fishing Reel, Left/Right Hand Retrieve

SHIMANO Stradic 4000FL XG Spinning Fishing Reel

Left/Right Hand Retrieve

by SHIMANO
What We like

X-Ship - provides improved gear durability. By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear maintains precise alignment with the drive gear. This means the gears will stay in the same position under the heaviest loads. The added benefit is that friction between the spool shaft and gear are eliminated. This will enhance the casting performance of the reel with lighter lures, and allow for longer casts.

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Product Features

  • G-FreeBody - technology has been developed to shift the reel's center of gravity closer to the rod. By moving the center of gravity closer to the angler's hand position, the G Free Body helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
  • HaganeBody - The HAGANE Body is a metal reel body with high rigidity. The body stiffness and impact resistance virtually eliminates body flexing. The result transforms the angler's actions directly into cranking power. It's efficiency through strength.
  • CrossCarbonDrag - This drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
  • SA-RB - These bearings have been through the same process as our A-RB bearings, but feature shields on both sides of the bearings that reduce the possibility of salt or sand inhibiting the bearing's rotation.

G-freebody - technology has been developed to shift the reel's center of gravity closer to the rod. by moving the center of gravity closer to the angler's hand position, the g free body helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort. Crosscarbondrag - this drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest SHIMANO drag performance ever. Haganebody - the hagane body is a metal reel body with high rigidity. the body stiffness and impact resistance virtually eliminates body flexing. the result transforms the angler's actions directly into cranking power. it's efficiency through strength. Sa-rb - these bearings have been through the same process as our a-rb bearings, but feature shields on both sides of the bearings that reduce the possibility of salt or sand inhibiting the bearing's rotation.

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9.5
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SHIMANO SLX XT 150 HG SLX150 XT HG Low Profile RH Baitcast Reel Box, 5, Multi, One Size

SHIMANO SLX XT 150 HG SLX150 XT HG Low Profile RH Baitcast Reel Box

5, Multi, One Size

by Shimano
What We like

Super free spool was designed to elimiate frisction on the spool shaft during the cast

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Product Features

  • Ensures precision casting easpecially when using lighter lures
  • Hagane body is a metal reel body with high rigidity, impact resistance and eliminates body flexing
  • Sport type: Outdoor Lifestyle
  • S3D spool technology significantly reduces spool vibration and creates smooth casting
  • SVS infinity provides east to manage, consistent spool controo and brake force

S3d spool technology significantly reduces spool vibration and creates smooth casting Hagane body is a metal reel body with high rigidity, impact resistance and eliminates body flexing Sport type: outdoor lifestyle Ensures precision casting easpecially when using lighter lures Svs infinity provides east to manage, consistent spool controo and brake force

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Shimano Curado 201K HG Lowprofile Freshwater Reel; Left Hand

Shimano Curado 201K HG Lowprofile Freshwater Reel; Left Hand

by Shimano
What We like

Featuring Shimano's latest technology such as the super smooth; efficient; and durable MicroModule Gearing

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Product Features

  • Utilizes X-Ship technology to improve durability and long-lasting performance; as well as a smoother; more powerful retrieve making this the go to' casting reel for both freshwater and saltwater action
  • Employs SVS Infinity braking system providing easy-to-manage and consistent spool control and brake force for precision casting with lighter lures as well as precise adjustments when switching baits or a change in condition
  • Built tournament tough; this low-profile baitcasting reel is the benchmark for durability and reliability which is why generations of anglers have looked to Curado as their trusted partner
  • Max Drag: 11 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 7.4:1. / Weight: 7.6 oz. / Line Retrieve: 31" / Bearings: 6BB + 1RB PowerPro Line Cap: 30/190; 50/120; 65/80 Mono Line Cap: 8/180; 10/155; 14/110 Retrieve: Left

Utilizes x-ship technology to improve durability and long-lasting performance; as well as a smoother; more powerful retrieve making this the go to' casting reel for both freshwater and saltwater action Employs svs infinity braking system providing easy-to-manage and consistent spool control and brake force for precision casting with lighter lures as well as precise adjustments when switching baits or a change in condition Built tournament tough; this low-profile baitcasting reel is the benchmark for durability and reliability which is why generations of anglers have looked to curado as their trusted partner Max drag: 11 lbs. / gear ratio: 7.4:1. / weight: 7.6 oz. / line retrieve: 31" / bearings: 6bb + 1rb powerpro line cap: 30/190; 50/120; 65/80 mono line cap: 8/180; 10/155; 14/110 retrieve: left

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SHIMANO Curado DC 150; Extra High Gear; Lowprofile Baitcasting Freshwater Fishing Reel

SHIMANO Curado DC 150; Extra High Gear; Lowprofile Baitcasting Freshwater Fishing Reel

by SHIMANO
What We like

INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE - Utilizing the impressively smooth Micromodule Gear System and X-SHIP system; you will experience the seamless reeling and the smoothest cranking unique only to Shimano Reels all while being protected by the overwhelmingly strong and highly rigid HAGANE Body

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Product Features

  • SPECIFICATIONS - Max Drag: 11 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 8.5:1 / Weight: 7.9 oz. / Line Retrieve: 26-36" / Retrieve: Right / Bearings: 6BB + 1RB PowerPro Line Cap: 20/150; 30/135; 40/105 Mono Line Cap: 10/120; 12/110; 14/90
  • EASE OF USE Anglers of all skill levels will appreciate less thumbing and trouble-free casting no matter the lure; or the weather conditions. The 4 easy adjustments on the side plate allow the brakes to be adjusted to your preferred setting letting the reel do the work
  • SUPERIORITY The Curado DC low-profile reel is the most advanced of all Curado models. Augmented with Shimanos all new Digital Control Braking System that builds on the Curados legacy of durability; dependability; and versatility
  • CAST SMARTER Shimanos new Digital Control braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance

Superiority the curado dc low-profile reel is the most advanced of all curado models. augmented with SHIMANOs all new digital control braking system that builds on the curados legacy of durability; dependability; and versatility Cast smarter SHIMANOs new digital control braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance Specifications - max drag: 11 lbs. / gear ratio: 8.5:1 / weight: 7.9 oz. / line retrieve: 26-36" / retrieve: right / bearings: 6bb + 1rb powerpro line cap: 20/150; 30/135; 40/105 mono line cap: 10/120; 12/110; 14/90 Ease of use anglers of all skill levels will appreciate less thumbing and trouble-free casting no matter the lure; or the weather conditions. the 4 easy adjustments on the side plate allow the brakes to be adjusted to your preferred setting letting the reel do the work

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SHIMANO SLX DC 150 Baitcast Fishing Reel Right Hand Retrieve 6.3:1 Gear Ratio

SHIMANO SLX DC 150 Baitcast Fishing Reel Right Hand Retrieve 6.3:1 Gear Ratio

by SHIMANO
What We like

SVS Infinity - Shimano's newest innovation in brake system technology, SVS Infinity provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force. With weights that use inner friction against the raceway during the cast, SVS Infinity controls spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. The external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch baits

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Product Features

  • HaganeBody - The HAGANE Body is a metal reel body with high rigidity. The body stiffness and impact resistance virtually eliminates body flexing. The result transforms the angler's actions directly into cranking power. Iy'ss efficiency through strength.
  • Super Free Spool - Was designed to eliminate friction on the spool shaft during the cast. In standard baitcasting reels, hen the clutch bar is pressed down, the pinion gear is freed and actually can drag on the spool shaft creating friction that can limit the length of the length of the cast. With Super Free, the pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing so that when the clutch is disengaged for a cast, the pinion gear and spool shaft are kept in perfect alignment.
  • S3D Spool - This technology leads to reduced spool vibration. By designing a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminum constructed spool, S3D creates an incredibly smooth feel casting and retrieveing lures

Haganebody - the hagane body is a metal reel body with high rigidity. the body stiffness and impact resistance virtually eliminates body flexing. the result transforms the angler's actions directly into cranking power. iy'ss efficiency through strength. Super free spool - was designed to eliminate friction on the spool shaft during the cast. in standard baitcasting reels, hen the clutch bar is pressed down, the pinion gear is freed and actually can drag on the spool shaft creating friction that can limit the length of the length of the cast. with super free, the pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing so that when the clutch is disengaged for a cast, the pinion gear and spool shaft are kept in perfect alignment. S3d spool - this technology leads to reduced spool vibration. by designing a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminum constructed spool, s3d creates an incredibly smooth feel casting and retrieveing lures

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Shimano Vanford F Spinning Reel, VF4000XGF

Shimano Vanford F Spinning Reel

VF4000XGF

by SHIMANO
What We like

MGL Rotor: The new design of the MagnumLite Rotor produces unprecedented light rotation. The rotor profile is now asymmetrical. The bail arm mechanism, which was previously situation on the same side as the line roller, has been moved to the opposite side. This improves balance and combined with a lightweight line roller, titanium bail and optimum arrangement of rotor thickness, a 14% reduction in rotational inertia has been achieved increasing sensitivity to unreached levels

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Product Features

  • MIcroModule Gear II: State-of-the-art, gear tooth surface design and MicroModule Gear II, are further advanced through Shimano's exclusive manufacturing technology. The surfaces of the drive gear and pinion gear have been analyzed and updated from the ground up in pursuit of perfection. Further improving smooth gear feeling and reducing sound.
  • CI4+ Body: This material is an advanced version of the original CI4. This highly technical carbon material maintains 2.5 times more rigidity than CI4. While improving lightness and rigidity, the body is further reduced in size and weight.
  • Hagane Gear: With amazing strength and durability, the HAGANE Gear is at the very heart of the reel. Shimano, through the application of state-of-the-art technologies, gives you the long-lasting smoothness and pleasure that you feel when you first use a reel, over and over again. No cutting work is applied to the teeth of the drive gear. Instead the entire surface is calculated in minute detail by special 3D design and then formed by Shimano's cold forging technology
  • Silent Drive: From the fundamental, whole body design to the most intricate parts of the drive train, including the drive gear, wormshaft, wormshaft pin and wormshaft gear, every piece has been carefully reviewed, and the smallest clearance gaps and wobbles have been eliminated to the highest tolerances.

Silent drive: from the fundamental, whole body design to the most intricate parts of the drive train, including the drive gear, wormshaft, wormshaft pin and wormshaft gear, every piece has been carefully reviewed, and the smallest clearance gaps and wobbles have been eliminated to the highest tolerances. Micromodule gear ii: state-of-the-art, gear tooth surface design and micromodule gear ii, are further advanced through SHIMANO's exclusive manufacturing technology. the surfaces of the drive gear and pinion gear have been analyzed and updated from the ground up in pursuit of perfection. further improving smooth gear feeling and reducing sound. Ci4+ body: this material is an advanced version of the original ci4. this highly technical carbon material maintains 2.5 times more rigidity than ci4. while improving lightness and rigidity, the body is further reduced in size and weight. Hagane gear: with amazing strength and durability, the hagane gear is at the very heart of the reel. SHIMANO, through the application of state-of-the-art technologies, gives you the long-lasting smoothness and pleasure that you feel when you first use a reel, over and over again. no cutting work is applied to the teeth of the drive gear. instead the entire surface is calculated in minute detail by special 3d design and then formed by SHIMANO's cold forging technology

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Shimano Torium 30 HGA Saltwater Star Drag Fishing Reel

Shimano Torium 30 HGA Saltwater Star Drag Fishing Reel

by Shimano
What We like

Features Cross Carbon Drag which provides long lasting smoothness to withstand fast, powerful runs from pelagic and large inshore species

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Product Features

  • A lightweight, solidly-built, star-drag saltwater reel that is perfect for live bait or bottom fishing applications and is packed with awesome features
  • Max Drag: 24 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 6.2:1. / Weight: 19.8 oz. / Line Retrieve: 46" / Bearings: 3BB + 1RB PowerPro Line Cap: 50/1015, 65/515, 80/415 Mono Line Cap: 25/420, 30/350, 40/260 Retrieve: Right
  • Offers specially treated Anti-Rust Bearings that are at least 10 times more corrosion-resistant than standard stainless steel bearings and promote smooth, even line flow
  • Equipped with a High Efficiency Gearing system that delivers exceptional strength and rigidity and greatly increases the leverage and power for years of reliable fishing

Offers specially treated anti-rust bearings that are at least 10 times more corrosion-resistant than standard stainless steel bearings and promote smooth, even line flow Max drag: 24 lbs. / gear ratio: 6.2:1. / weight: 19.8 oz. / line retrieve: 46" / bearings: 3bb + 1rb powerpro line cap: 50/1015, 65/515, 80/415 mono line cap: 25/420, 30/350, 40/260 retrieve: right Equipped with a high efficiency gearing system that delivers exceptional strength and rigidity and greatly increases the leverage and power for years of reliable fishing A lightweight, solidly-built, star-drag saltwater reel that is perfect for live bait or bottom fishing applications and is packed with awesome features

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Shimano Ultegra C3000HGFC Spinning Reel

Shimano Ultegra C3000HGFC Spinning Reel

by SHIMANO
What We like

LINE: Mono Cap. 8/170yd

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Product Features

  • RATIO: 6.0:1

Ratio: 6.0:1

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Shimano Charter Special 2000; Saltwater Lever Drag Reel

Shimano Charter Special 2000; Saltwater Lever Drag Reel

by Shimano
What We like

Constructed with an aluminum spool; reinforced graphite frame and graphite side plates; making these reels lightweight; solid; and tough

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Product Features

  • A lightweight; dependable lever-drag reel with level-wind for line control
  • Designed for the demands of using downriggers and for all types of saltwater trolling and jigging techniques
  • Max Drag: 33 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 4.3:1. / Weight: 17.1 oz. / Line Retrieve: 26" / Bearings: 4BB + 1RB PowerPro Line Cap: 40/555;50/550;65/450 Mono Line Cap: 14/480;17/400;20/300 Retrieve: Right
  • Outfitted with stainless steel gears and Anti-Rust Bearings making this reel incredibly durable and resistant to corrosion in saltwater ensuring many years of reliable service

Designed for the demands of using downriggers and for all types of saltwater trolling and jigging techniques Outfitted with stainless steel gears and anti-rust bearings making this reel incredibly durable and resistant to corrosion in saltwater ensuring many years of reliable service A lightweight; dependable lever-drag reel with level-wind for line control Max drag: 33 lbs. / gear ratio: 4.3:1. / weight: 17.1 oz. / line retrieve: 26" / bearings: 4bb + 1rb powerpro line cap: 40/555;50/550;65/450 mono line cap: 14/480;17/400;20/300 retrieve: right

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Shimano Sahara 4000R Rear Drag Spinning Reel

Shimano Sahara 4000R Rear Drag Spinning Reel

by Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
What We like

The Sahara R provides Shimano quality at an affordable price; with its graphite body and rotor; 1-piece bail wire; durable cold-forged spool with smooth Propulsion Line Management System; and 3+1 bearing system

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Product Features

  • Click the lever to the strike position to tighten up for hook setting; then flip it back to immediately return to the original drag setting to fight the fish in
  • Featuring Fightin' Lever II; the Sahara will allow anglers to make incredibly easy adjustments to the drag setting while fighting fish
  • Sahara R Spinning Reels feature a cold forged spool making these reels super durable
  • Its rear-adjustable drag knob is located at the back of the reel; so you don't have to interfere with the line to make a quick adjustment

Sahara r spinning reels feature a cold forged spool making these reels super durable Featuring fightin' lever ii; the sahara will allow anglers to make incredibly easy adjustments to the drag setting while fighting fish Its rear-adjustable drag knob is located at the back of the reel; so you don't have to interfere with the line to make a quick adjustment Click the lever to the strike position to tighten up for hook setting; then flip it back to immediately return to the original drag setting to fight the fish in

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