Henry Gilbey

Spinning reels - Shimano


For many anglers, it comes down to Shimano or Daiwa when it's time to choose a spinning reel.


Shimano Stradic 3000FK (2016 model)

This stunning little Shimano Stradic 3000FK is a serious peach of a spinning reel that to me sits perfectly on 9’ long and below lure rods. You know how good thing is going to feel when you turn the handle, and whilst I can’t tell you for how long it’s going to remain that way with constant saltwater use, in my mind this is a hell of a lot of reel for the dosh. Annoyingly does not come with a spare spool. See my review here.

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Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG (2017 model)

I love lure fishing with this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG spinning reel and that’s it really. Smooth, light, stunning to fish with, I think I have found my perfect spinning reel - and now all I have to do is hope that it lasts as long as the price suggests! Does not come with a spare spool. Check out my review here and an update after one year of hard use here.

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Shimano Exsence 4000MXG

Reassuringly expensive! What on earth can I tell you about this sublime spinning reel that you can’t already guess? Very light, smoother than butter, perfect line-lay, sexy as hell, as good as it gets basically.

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Shimano Aernos 3000SFA (older model, discontinued)

I still can't believe that a Shimano reel like this Aernos 3000SFA can be bought for under £100. It's just a hell of a lot of decent spinning reel for the money and I love that it comes with a spare spool as well. Quality.


Shimano Aero Spin 4000 (discontinued)

It’s around half the price of the slightly lighter Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ spinning reel, but strap this roughly £150 version to say a 7-28g 9’ lure rod and I defy to to feel any noticeable difference. My gut tells me that this Aero Spin is one of those hidden gems that for whatever reason seems to be passing by UK and Irish lure anglers - which is a real shame if you ask me. Comes with a spare spool. Review here.


Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ 4000

A slightly different style and shape of spinning reel than I am more used to, but I cannot tell you how awesome this Shimano AR-C Aero C14+ 4000 reel is to fish with. Incredibly light, as smooth as I have ever come across in a spinning reel, and just so “together” – see my review of this rather special spinning reel here. Does not come with a spare spool.


Shimano Exsence C14+ 4000XGS (discontinued)

How could a lure angler not like fishing with this Shimano Exsence C14+ 4000XGS spinning reel? It’s light, it feels wonderfully smooth, it’s got a really good handle, indeed the only unknown I have is how long it will stay nice and smooth via plenty of fishing - all good so far and I really like this reel. Doesn’t come with a spare spool which kinda niggles me. See my review here.

You can buy this reel here (Ebay link).


Shimano Rarenium 3000 (pre-2014 model, discontinued)

You won’t go far wrong with a Shimano Rarenium, indeed over the last couple of years this lightweight beauty is without doubt one of the spinning reels that I see the most of out and about. A lot of reel for the money. Perfect line lay, that smoothness that any Shimano reel owner knows about, and they just seem to last and last. Class. How many lure anglers out there wish that Shimano had never stopped making this reel?


Shimano Stradic C14 3000F (older model, discontinued)

A great reel for bass and wrasse fishing with lures. Plenty of that typical Shimano smoothness and I just love the handle on this 3000 size. Does not come with a spare spool.


Shimano Sustain 2500FG (2014 model, discontinued)

Smooth as you like, I love the handle, very light, an incredibly smooth drag and yes, it comes with a spare spool. See my review on this reel here.


Shimano Sustain 4000FG (2014 model, discontinued)

The Sustain 4000FG seems to work perfectly on the 9’ 7-28g lure rods and up, whereas I can use the 2500FG on a rod like this and down in length/casting weight if that makes sense. Comes with a spare spool. See my review of this reel here.


Shimano Vanquish C3000 (pre-2016 model, discontinued)

Many anglers would argue that a reel like this is overkill for lure fishing in the UK and Ireland, but considering that it’s a free world I would rather let people make up their own minds – flat out this is one of if not the most impressive spinning reels that I have ever been lucky enough to have fished with. Does not come with a spare spool.