Shimano IX Spinning Reel
I own 4 of these. I use them in salt and fresh water. The one finger release is awesome. For the money...you get much much more then you're moneys worth. One of mine is 8 yrs old and still like new. I use them for bass and talapja in florida canals and at the pier in salt. Works like a charm!!!!!!!!
December 26, 2014
good enough reel for the price
I picked up a couple of these in the 2000 size for bass fishing last summer. I got them because I was on a very tight budget at the time and the price is amazing. They handled well enough once I got used to the trigger and the lack of infinite anti-reverse. The drag wasn't bad for such an inexpensive reel. We've landed dozens of smallies and largemouth in the 3 - 4 pound range without any serious issues, as well as some small pike and walleys. The only issue I have with them is that they caused A LOT of line twists. I even pulled the line off and had them professionally re-spooled and they still twisted like crazy. These are decent little reels for the $$ but if you can afford something with anti-twist rollers that's the better choice.
February 10, 2015
Big surpise for Little price
Just bought a Shimano IX 4000 R. I bought it just to have cheap reel to use in situations where I did not want to use my much more expensive ones. After trying the Shimano IX 4000R I have to say I am amazed at the quality of the reel for the price. It outperfprms some of my expensive reels in many ways. It is easy to cast with one hand. Reels the line in easily with a very smooth drag. I hate to admit but I will be using it more than any other reel I own, including some costing in the $75 to $100 range. I would encourage any fisherman new or experienced to give this reel a try. You will be impressed.
October 4, 2013
Best budget reel you can buy
I own three of these reels. Two IX2000RC & one IX4000RC. The ideal line the for the IX2000RC reel is 6lb mono. The IX4000RC being a larger reel can handle 10lb mono and up to 40 lb braid. I recommend removing the triggers as they tend to catch the line and cause tangles.
June 11, 2013