Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
- Paladin gear durability enhancement
- Propulsion line management system
- S A-RB shielded ball bearings
- High speed retrieves
- Stopperless design (no anti-reverse switch)
- Aluminum frame
- Graphite rotor (aluminum on 14000 & 18000 sizes)
- Power roller III line roller
- S-Arm cam one-piece bail wire aerowave oscillation (3000-8000 sizes only)
- Aero wrap oscillation (14000 & 18000 sizes only)
- Super stopper II anti-reverse
- 5+1 bearings (6+1 on 14000 & 18000 sizes)
- Direct drive mechanism
- Machined aluminum handle shank
- Fluidrive II
- Cold forged Aluminum Spool
- Drilled Spool Skirt
- Titanium Spool Lip
- Waterproof Drag
- Easy Access Drag Washers
- Dartainium drag (6000-18000 sizes only)
- Ergonomic handle grips
- Septon handle grips
- Repairable clicker Line recovery in inches per handle turn.
Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 20 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by crawfishking Why buy a Stella? The 18,000 that I just purchased makes 2 Saragosas that I own. The other one is a 14,000 They are incredible reels for the money. They get more use on our offshore boat than any other reel. I have used a Stella and I really can not understand the price difference. I certainly can't tell the difference while using it.. February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MSGCFishing GREAT REEL Put the 8000 on a TEREZ Waxaing rod loaded with 30 power pro. Landed 4-40 plus pound Cobia with no problem. Super smooth drag no boounce what so ever. Landed several 30 plus Kings with the same results. can't say enough about the reel. Also have the 18000 on a TEREZ with 80# power pro and use it to jig for snapper/grouper/tuna with great results. If your thinking Stella STOP this is as good or better (I own 2 Stellas). July 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by whatcanitenow Best reel ever I have the 6000/ 8000 /18000 I use all of them for vertical jigging which is very hard on the reels. 6000 was bought in 2009 8000 was bought in 2010 1800 was bought in 2011 Now my 8 year old son is into vertical jigging and I have plans for a 4000 with the lighter trevala S rod. June 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tarponking954 So far this reel is just fantastic I had every reel I charter boats but this came to as a gift from a freaind and let me tell you I love this reel more then the sustain conquer and battle and stradic I have the 4000 I've load it up whit power pro 30lb about 250 yards and I have a star rod stella lite 10-25 lb and first time I took it we went for dolphin I hit a 20 bulls on this lil reel and it hold up like a champ then a few days after we went for some snook and tarpon we hitted a coupl yellow tail jacks then I hitted a 60lb or 70lb tarpon and it was about a 20min fight but let me tell you this reel is good for offshore and inshore now I buggy every size for my charter boat and the customers love it!! :) December 27, 2011
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A:Usually it's a difference between how well the reel is sealed from the outside elements. Saltwater inside of a reel is like acid. But each mfgs definition of this will carry.
A:I am by no means an expert, but generally speaking, offshore reels provide more power and toughness for catching bigger species of fish you'll find in open waters. These reels are may have full metal bodies, tougher gears, better bearings, etc.. They may provide anti-rust/corrosion protection especially for the bearings and drag, some may be sealed or "water tight". Inshore reels tend to be more designed for catching smaller species of fish you'll find inshore. They can be better suited towards lighter set ups (e.g. lower lb test line, light/medium action rod, smaller baits). A lot of inshore reels have higher gear ratios than you'll see in offshore reels. Lower gear ratios in offshore reels provide that extra torque you need when reeling in the big one, but can be unnecessary when reeling in much smaller fish.
Again, I'm no expert. This is simply my opinion based on my experience using both types of reels and also what I've read.
A:This isn't really a direct answer I guess, more like my "2 cents". Like you, I was also comparing the Saragosa to the Thunnus when trying to find my next saltwater reel. For me, it came down to the applications to which I will use the reel for and the Thunnus is really much more reel than I need. Notice that the highest gear ratio the Thunnus provides is 4.8:1. This thing is a tank for hauling in the big fish, such as Tuna (which is what Thunnus actually means). The Thunnus is also a "baitrunner", allowing you to feed out line while keeping the bail closed. Again, this feature isn't something I needed as I mostly fish artificial baits or I jig bait on the bottom for ground fish. So where the Saragosa can serve as an all purpose offshore rod (can be inshore too, no reason why it can't be), the Thunnus can serve a few more specific applications when using it's specifically designed features. Other than that, I would carefully read through the descriptions and the features to see if there is anything that would entice you to choose one over the other.
As for which size for your rod, I also have a 7'0 St.Croix rod (an Avid Inshore to be exact), and I went with the 4000 size for the Saragosa and the balance is great. Even the 3000, if you can find it, would probably balance nicely too. I also have an equivalent reel to the 5000 size but it's simply too much reel for my rod. I can't say which size Thunnus would fit best since I haven't handled one in person.
Details:I fish at gulf and about to get me a reel since I am sick of using old reels on fishing trips. I hear different suggestions on "how much drag I would need" to catch grouper, Aj or red snappers. I am seriously interested in Shimano SRG18000F which max drag is 44lb. Do I need to look into Fin Nor for more drag or should I stick to Shimano? I got my hands on to compare and Shimano seems much smoother. SOme say I ned about 60 lb of drag on my reel to be able to get larger groupers from the bottom. I am open to any suggestions. thank you.
A:The Saragosa is your best option. I use only 25lbs of drag on stubborn AJs up to 100lbs. I've also used the Fin Nor 95 before and returned it after 1trip, not worth the money. Go with the Saragosa.
A:Depends on where you are catching the AJ's. If on an oil rig yes you need 50 plus # of drag because with a big AJ you will need to slam the drag and get the fish out of the rig with the boat then fight the fish. Snapper, even large 20 plus# fish can be handled with 25-30# of drag. Grouper can be handled with 50# of drag fairly well. I have the Saragossa 18000 on a Terez and have caught all 40-50# AJ's 20#Snapper and 60# grouper.
Details:Can Saragosa 8000 / 14000 be used for GT popping?
Do the drag washers of the Saragosa need to be changed to "Carbontex"?
Details:want to go with the 6000 and put on 30lb. braid.
A:I have the 8000 loaded with power pro and LOVE the reel use it alot for throewing jigs to cobia and shallow snapper fishing.
A:I put 50lb power pro on my 6000, just happened to have a spool. I use 12lb mono for backing under the power pro. Casts and retrieves very well.
A:I use a 6000 loaded with 35lb Rapala dynabraid for Zander and Wels Catfish. The combination works really well and the clutch is creamy smooth, great for the confidence when using lighter leaders on the big Cats.
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Details:I’m looking for a reel that I don’t have to be maintaining frequently. Necessary to have a salt water resistant body and an inside free corrosion mechanism. To make simple, I want to invest a in a reel that will last long. Hellp me to decide. What about the slammer from Penn?
A:Saragosa 4000 all the way
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