Sunday, 20 January 2013

Shimano Stella 5000SW

I was needing a reel to put on the Major Craft 11' Hira Suzuki rod which I recently talked about in this blog post  HERE After doing some research, and trying a few reels on the rod here and there, I finally settled on a Shimano Stella 5000SW. This reel is a decent size and weight, and feels at home on the big 11' rod.

Coming in at 400g, with a great line capacity, a tough salt water proof reel, it's more than up to the job of launching lures out at long distance in search of Bass. As you would expect from a reel of this pedigree, just turning it over in the hand, the build quality is imediately apparent, with those 14 bearings making the action super smooth. Line capacity is stated as 240 yards of 10lb mono, I spooled it up with 200m of Sunline Momentum 4x4 with some additional backing to fill the cold forged aluminium spool out nicely.

I had a few casts this afternoon with this set up, and initial thoughts are very promising, great distance and control, I can see it being a very useful tool in the Bass hunting stakes this year. I have also picked up a couple of bigger, heavier lures to throw;

DUO Tide Minnow 150 Surf (150mm / 29g)

DUO Tide Vib Slim 140 (140mm / 32g)


  1. Why spend so much money on a reel for a budget rod?

    1. I tend to change my rods around a lot, and this is not the only rod the reel will be sitting on, it will get used on similar style rods, from other manufacturers as well.

    2. Cool, guess you must do alot of jigging because that's what the 5000 is meant for, not heard of anyone using it to cast lures from shore with before.