The next reels from
Shimano were better still than the sea spins, we now had
long tapered spools, better line lay, rear drag and they
were much lighter. The models available were Aero 3000,
3500, 4000, 4500, the 3000 and 3500 were same size reel
with different spools and the 4000 and 4500 were bigger
than the 3 series but again had different spools. These
really were the business and are still basically the
same as current models 6010 and 8010.
The addition of twin
handles and Dyna balance, although improving the
performance of the Baitrunner reel has not changed the
concept of this highly efficient reel .
For distances up to
100yds with line below 14lb BS they still cannot be
beaten, they cast smoothly, the line lay is perfect and
the clutch gives line when needed, the baitrunner
facility always works and disengages at the turn of the
Although not one of
the biggest reels on the market I have a set of Shimano
Power Aero GT 6000, these reels, at the time, were only
available from The Tackle Box in Kent. I had started to
fish some of the larger waters in Kent and needed some
reels to hold lots of heavier line, I also needed a reel
to fish in France with, these I thought, would fit the
I purchased them
complete with all the "add ons" handle conversion and
baitrunner on the spool conversion.
Although I can't really
complain about the performance of these reels, I'm not
that keen on using them.
They cast well and hold
plenty of line, but the clutch is not that good and the
baitrunner conversion is far from ideal, they are very
bulky and do seem a bit heavy. When long casting with
heavy line I use them, but when I can I prefer to use
the baitrunners any time.
Maybe it's about time I
purchased three of the new Big Pit Baitrunners, but I'll
see if the price comes down a bit first and see if I can
borrow one for a session to see how it performs.
Big Pit Long Cast
2003 was the year when I finally
updated my reels to the big baitrunners from Shimano.
These reels are very smooth with an extremely good line
lay they can cast very long distances, as long as your
technique and ability are right. Obviously to hurl big
leads far distances your rods must be of a suitable test
curve and taper also, big reels do not automatically
equal a long cast.
I tend to use these reels loaded with braided mainline
for carp where lots of line needs to be used, I also use
them whilst catfishing on the river Ebro, they are great
for this type of heavy fishing. 300+yds of braid is just
swallowed up onto these spools, you get the benefit of
big spools along with a super smooth clutch and the
perfect baitrunner facility.
2007 Just before Christmas, this was to be my Christmas
present, three new reels for medium range fishing. When
I first opened the box to inspect the reels in a tackle
shop here in Spain the first thing I noticed was the
superb quality of these reels. Two alloy spools come
with the reels, one has a golden finish wile the other
is silver. The handle is the same as on the 8010's I
use, with the weight and feel very similar, the big
difference I found was how smooth these reels felt,
maybe it was the newness but they felt really tight and
well engineered. The money was handed over and I
became the owner of three new reels, I won't tell how
much they cost me here in Spain just to say a lot
cheaper than I could have got them in the UK!!
I opted for the silver spool to load up with line as it
matched the stainless finishings on the rods they were
to be used on (doesn't catch more fish I know). 12lb
Daiwa Sensor is the line I use for most of my normal
fishing as I find it cast's well and is a good all round
supple line. The baitrunner and clutch are both
infinitely adjustable and very smooth when giving line,
which I was soon to find out as within the first hour I
had a screaming take that resulted in a fin perfect 14lb
So far so good,
might try them out in France 2008 see how they perform