Shimano Baitrunner

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by Catman 1964, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Catman 1964

    Catman 1964 New Member

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    Anybody looking for a good spinning reel should check out the Shimano Baitrunner series. They are really good they hold a good amount of line and the drags are really smooth. Plus the Baitrunner setting is especially nice any one have questions just E-mail me.
     
  2. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Gotta agree with that. The 4500 baitrunner that I have is 15 years old and works as good as the day I bought it. I really love the adjustable clicker The bigget fish I've caught on mine was a 21# channel. The fish really tested the drag as I only had 12# line on it to get more distance from my casts. If I used spinning gear a lot I would definitely have more of them.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     

  3. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    Shimano reels have been my foundation since I started fishing for Carp and Wels Catfish. They have proven to be reliable and worth every penny that I have spent for them. The use of the Baitrunner models that I have has improved my abilty to get fish on the bank/shore. Great Products and I will replace as needed when necessary with the same brand. I also have the Okuma reels that are runner ups that have performed well to this point. When they have lasted as long and performed as well, I will have 2 standards to choose from.

    HOPPY4
     
  4. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Good reading, guys. I've been thinking of buying a baitrunner, but wasn't sure if I would like them. After reading this thread, I think it would be a good choice. I mostly use baitcasters, but sometimes go for a spinning reel, and I need to add some more to my arsenal. Thanks.
     
  5. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I have a 6500 and its my favorite reel for the flatheads.
     
  6. zmany2k

    zmany2k New Member

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    are you using spinning reels for wels cats hoppy?
     
  7. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    zmany2k, That is my primary reel for the Wels that we catch. We also use Baitcasters, but some of the other fisherman have problems with them. I know of others that would not use them, but for me they are GREAT!!! I have the US Baitrunner 6500s Shimanos filled with PowerPro 100lb. and trust them to do the job. I also have the Okuma Epixors EB-80s that are up to the job. As stated in an earlier post somwhere, we have been known to have 13 rods out at one time with 5 guys fishing. This was in France where you can use 3 rods at one time normally. On this occaision, 4 of the reels that we were using were baitcaster. At that time they were Penns and Okumas. These are the same reels that I use for Saltwater fishing and have stood the test as they say. I can cast either of the reels without problem as I learned earlier in life with them and they are fun also. When you come over to fish with Andreas and I, you will see the setup that I use.


    HOPPY4
     
  8. bamaboy24

    bamaboy24 New Member

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    i was planning on getting a shimano baitrunner but i have to explain to my mother why i need one lol. So if yall could tell me how they work and some advantages it has it would be much appreciated.
     
  9. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    I have 2 6500 baitrunners and 2 4500 baitrunners, they are almost the same except the 6500's are a lot bigger. They are just like a normal spinning reel except the have a nice roller bearing on the bail so that the line doesnt get too stressed out on that roller. They have a top drag on the spool, and then the baitrunner, which is a lever towards the bottom of the reel the you turn on. This allows the reel to free spool, it also has a drag in the clicker so you can adjust to heavy current or for bite sensitivity. You can turn off the baitrunner 2 ways, one is by just reeling in, or you can flip it off with the lever. Like I said I have 4 of these reels and I will never get another reel. They do the job for me, and what I fish for. Hope this helps.
     
  10. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Same here, I currently have one 6500B, two 4500B's and a 3500B(for the Frau). I've been replacing all my Garcia-Mitchells for the Shimano's, they're just so much more smooooooth. I especially like the baitrunner feature when fishing from the shore, which isn't to often.