Best Shimano Saltwater Spinning Reel – Top 7 Picks and Reviews 2019

We went over the consumer reviews and found the best of the best using our data-backed approach.

Here’s a look at the best Shimano Saltwater Spinning Reel

Bestseller No. 1
SHIMANO Stradic 2500FL HG Spinning Fishing Reel
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CrossCarbonDrag - This drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
  • 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.
Bestseller No. 2
Shimano Socorro 5000 SW, heavy duty saltwater spinning fishing reel, SOC5000SW
52 Reviews
Shimano Socorro 5000 SW, heavy duty saltwater spinning fishing reel, SOC5000SW
  • Heavy duty saltwater fishing reel, Gear ratio: 4.6:1
  • Mono line capacity (lbs/yd): 10/240, 12/195, 14/165
  • PowerPro line capacity (lbs/yd): 20/245, 30/225, 40/175
  • Line retrieve per crank: 31 inch / 78 centimeter
  • Max drag force: 22 lbs, Bearings: 4 S A RB and 1RB, weight: 15.50 ounce / 440 grammg
Bestseller No. 3
Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500 FB HG Spinning Fishing Reel With Front Drag, STCI42500HGFB
177 Reviews
Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500 FB HG Spinning Fishing Reel With Front Drag, STCI42500HGFB
  • Gear ratio: 6.0:1, Weight: 6.70 ounce
  • Line Retrieve Per Crank: 35 inch
  • Mono Line Capacity (lbs/yd): 6/200, 8/140, 10/120
  • PowerPro Line Capacity (lbs/yd): 10/150, 15/145, 30/100
  • Max. drag force: 20 lbs, Bearings: 6 S ARB Ball bearings and 1 roller bearing
SaleBestseller No. 4
Shimano Sahara C3000 HG FI Compact Spinning Fishing Reel Model 2017 SHC3000HGFI
22 Reviews
Shimano Sahara C3000 HG FI Compact Spinning Fishing Reel Model 2017 SHC3000HGFI
  • Gear ratio: 6.0:1
  • Line capacity (lb/yds): 6/230, 8/170, 10/140
  • Line Retrieve per crank (in/cm): 36 in / 91 centimeter
  • Max. drag force: 20 lbs / 9 kg, Ballbearings: 4and 1
  • Weight: 8.80 ounce / 250 gramm
SaleBestseller No. 5
Penn 1338218 Battle II Spinning Reel, 3000
1,042 Reviews
Penn 1338218 Battle II Spinning Reel, 3000
  • Durable, high range spinning reel ideal for conquering big saltwater game fish
  • Full metal body, sideplate, and rotor and heavy duty aluminum bail wire offer exceptional durability
  • HT 100 carbon fiber drag system provides powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness
  • Fluid cranking with 5 sealed stainless steel ball bearings and instant anti reverse bearing
  • Superline spool requires no backing, is braid ready, and has line capacity rings marked at 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity
Bestseller No. 6
Shimano Baitrunner 8000OC Saltwater Fishing Reel
  • The S A-RB bearings feature shields on both sides of the bearings reducing the possibility of salt or sand from inhibiting the bearing's position
  • The dyna-balance feature eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counter balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness
  • Fluidrive II features a large master gear polished using a wrapping process; increasing the efficiency of the retrieve
  • The propulsion line management system provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming
  • Super stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way roller bearing that eliminates back-play which provides anglers with instant hook setting power
SaleBestseller No. 7
Shimano Nexave 4000 HG FE, Spinning Fishing Reel, NEX4000HGFE
21 Reviews
Shimano Nexave 4000 HG FE, Spinning Fishing Reel, NEX4000HGFE
  • Gear Ratio: 5.8:1, Max. Dragforce: 19 lbs / 8.5 kilogramm, Weight: 11.5 ounce/ 325 gramm
  • Line Retrieve Per Crank: 36 inch / 91 centimeter
  • Mono Line Capacity (lbs/yds): 8/240, 10/200, 12/160
  • Bearings: 3 Ballbearings and 1 Rollerbearing