Shimano Baitrunner D Offshore Spinning Reels
If you want a solid dependable reel
Don't buy the baitrunner !!!!! After being a loyal Shimano customer for 25+ years, they have seriously let me down both, in terms of reel quality and customer service. They've made me a disloyal customer.
It's not if, but when the bail mechanism breaks, have fun paying ~50% of the cost of the reel to repair it. Call Shimano like I did so that they take an, "I-don't-give-a-"CENSORED"" attitude with you too.
There are better reels out there for the same money. If it's the baitrunner feature your after, stick with the Penn Slammer Liveliner series and you won't be dissapoimted.
November 24, 2009
The 4000D is an excellent, lightweight, versatile reel that handles braid well and has a strong drag. It is a great cross-over reel reducing the need to carry special purpose rigs when coupled with the right rod. On the boat, I will put the 4000D on Trevala or Redbone 30-65 lb jigging rods, and they can be used for inshore or offshore casting, jigging, flatlining live/dead baits, bottom fishing or drift fishing. I will put the 4000D on a 12-20, 7ft spinning rod for inshore casting as a back-up to a Stella 4000. It can handle big blues, jacks, dolphin, snapper, snook, reds, just about anything Florida coastal fishing can offer.
March 15, 2010
Great reel. Using 40lb braid it casts like a dream. Feels well balanced when realling. Very smooth actions. I use this primarily for stripper fishing. I have it married up with a St Criox Tidemaster 8' MH one pc and used a Berkley Gulp 10" eel, great combination. The reel has a bit of weight over some other reels but feels like its of better quality. I plan on purchasing another for my wife. On another note my brother in law purchased the Daiwa baitrunner which is also a nice reel but even he wishes he had spent the extra money for the shimano.
April 25, 2012
Smooth, well balanced
I recently purchased the Shimano bait runner D8000 and find that it is perfectly balanced and smooth in every sense. I especially like the drag setting for both the "open bail" aspect and the retrieve action.
I use this reel on my 9' surf rod at the moment and can easily throw 3 oz plugs and retrieve with a wide variety of actions due to the excellent gearing of this reel. My line is a 20 lb pro-line braid and feel confident that the drag set up in both modes will suit me well.
I would highly recommend this reel for both on and off the boat.
September 13, 2010