At ICAST, Shimano introduced the Shimano Baitrunner OC Spinning Reels. On Long Island Baitrunner reels are not that popular (because of the type of fishing we do), but across the country they are extremely popular, especially in Florida. Shimano introduced this less expensive Baitrunner to appeal to more anglers.
The Shimano Baitrunner OC Spinning Reel looks very similar to the Baitrunner D and has very similar features. This includes a graphite body, aluminum spool, the same great Baitrunner drag system, four ball bearings and more. To bring the price down on this reel, Shimano used a few less expensive components. This includes a change to the graphite used in the body, using different ball bearings, a less expensive handle, and a standard drag system.
I spent some time yesterday trying to figure out how to explain this Baitrunner and what I came up with is that the Baitrunner OC is to the Spheros as the Baitrunner D is to the Saragosa. The Spheros and the Saragosa both share the same features but the Saragosa has all the added bells and whistles and is more expensive. The Baitrunner OC is the base model Baitrunner reel and the Baitrunner D has all the upgrades that you would associate with a higher priced reel. The two reels will function in pretty much the same way, but one will give you a better fishing experience.
I like that Shimano introduced the Baitrunner OC. There are a lot of people around the country who want a reel with a Baitrunner feature but don’t want to spend $160 and up. Now they have a choice from Shimano that starts at $120.
Check out the Shimano Baitrunner OC Spinning Reels. They are available in 4000, 6000 and 8000 sizes. See pics of all the sizes on our web site. There is also a pic of a 12000 size that Shimano will probably be introducing in the near future.