Budget Shimano Spin Reels: 6 Picks That Impress Any Angler
Affordable Shimano Fishing Reels?
Most new buyers don’t think of Shimano as a budget fishing brand, yet there’s amazing value in their less expensive reels. Thanks to “trickle down technology” from their top-of-the-line reel series. Now, what if you aren’t sure which model is best for you. Don’t worry, searching for budget Shimano spin reels doesn’t have to be as hard as you might believe.
To narrow your research, today I give you the 6 best picks for models that are sure to impress any angler. From brand-new fishermen up to experienced users looking for something that they can beat up and replace at a lower-cost. Every reel family in this article has models priced under the maximum of one-hundred dollars. In fact, most options reviewed are at the lower end of this price range.
For ease of reading I start with a comparison table, then move on to the reviews. Alright, let’s begin.
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Before you start, let talk product codes:
Shimano Fishing Product Codes
Here’s a quick explanation of what the letters and numbers mean.
- PG = Power Gear: best for fighting fish and cranking them in from the depths. Trolling is best with a spin reel that has this rating.
- HG = High Gear: a faster ratio, awesome for jerkbaiting, stickbaiting and popping.
- XG = Extra-High Gear: extra fast ratio for high-speed spinning. As well as popping, and jerk-baiting in rough waters.
- C = Compact: the reel body is the same physical size as the previous smaller model, but the spool is larger. Often the drag pressure and internal drivetrain has a bit more power.
Moving on to the numbers, which (1000, 2500, 3000, 4000, etc) mean the diameter of the spool. Thus, the bigger the diameter, the more line you can spool your fishing reel with.