Best Shimano Saltwater Spinning Reel – Top 7 Picks and Reviews 2020

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, Left/Right Hand Retrieve
  • 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 Spheros SW 3000 4000 Saltwater Spinning Reels, SP3000XGSW
  • HAGANE Body
  • HAGANE Gear
  • Propulsion Line Management System
  • X-Ship
  • CoreProtect
Bestseller No. 3
Shimano Saragosa 5000F Saltwater Offshore Spinning Reel
  • Tackle the toughest species and conditions with elegance and power using the Saragosa saltwater spinning reel
  • Equipped with a Propulsion Line Management System that provides longer casting distances while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming
  • X-Ship technology provides improved gear durability and eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear enhancing the casting performance and allowing for longer casts
  • Shielded roller bearings on both sides reducing the possibility of salt or sand from obstructing the bearing's rotation while the waterproof drag uses rubber gaskets to protect against intrusion of the elements
  • Max Drag: 22 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 5.7:1. / Weight: 16 oz. / Line Retrieve: 38" / Bearings: 5BB + 1RB – PowerPro Line Cap: 20/245;30/225;40/175 – Mono Line Cap: 10/240;12/195;14/165
Bestseller No. 4
Shimano Baitrunner 8000D, Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel
65 Reviews
Shimano Baitrunner 8000D, Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • This classic live bait reel features a secondary drag system that allows free spooling with the bail closed and allows your bait to move naturally
  • Utilizes an oval oscillation gear that provides a consistent spool speed which results in an even line lay that provides excellent casting and manageability
  • Better casting; better line lay; less backlash wind knots or tangles; less friction on the line; larger; more comfortable grips; a higher max drag as well as a wider range of baitrunner settings than its predecessors
  • Offers dyna-balance technology that eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counterbalancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness while eliminating vibrations caused by the reel
  • Max drag: 20 lbs. / gear ratio: 4.8:1. / weight: 21.7 oz. / line retrieve: 36" / bearings: 3bb + 3rb – powerpro line cap: 40/295; 50/290; 65/180 – mono line cap: 14/295; 17/250; 20/195
Bestseller No. 5
Shimano Stradic CI4 2500FB HG Freshwater Spinning Reel
177 Reviews
Shimano Stradic CI4 2500FB HG Freshwater Spinning Reel
  • The stradic spinning reel utilizes shimano's latest technology while also drawing on ways of the past and every part has been designed to improve the angler's experience on the water
  • X-ship technology provides improved gear durability and eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear enhancing the casting performance and allowing for longer casts
  • Incorporates shimano's flagship hagane gearing and hagane body that provides long-lasting; strong; and durable performance and smoothness giving anglers the strength for both inshore and offshore action
  • The built-in dyna-balance rotor and fluidrive ii system accompanied by shimano's propulsion line management system offers exceptional smoothness and casting capabilities while mitigating line management issues
  • Max drag: 20 lbs. / gear ratio: 6.0:1. / weight: 6.7 oz. / line retrieve: 35" / bearings: 6bb + 1rb – powerpro line cap: 10/150; 15/145; 30/100 – mono line cap: 6/200; 8/140; 10/120
Bestseller No. 6
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
Bestseller No. 7
Shimano Nasci C 3000 HG FB compact spinning reel with front drag, model 2017, NASC3000HGFB
50 Reviews
Shimano Nasci C 3000 HG FB compact spinning reel with front drag, model 2017, NASC3000HGFB
  • 4 ball bearings for smoother retrieve
  • Front drag for more control
  • Approved for Use in saltwater