The Shimano Stradic FK ST5000XGFK Spinning Reel re-writes the book on what it takes to land large, powerful predatory saltwater species. This reel is incredibly smooth (thanks to 6 Shielded A-RB ball bearings), ultra-powerful (thanks to the Hagane body and gearing system as well as the trusted X-Ship), and ready to tangle with trophy class stripers and redfish as well as some smaller sized pelagic predators including football tuna and dorado! I’ve personally used this reel both inshore and offshore, and I can tell you that my experience has been nothing short of INSANE! This thing weighs nothing (11.3 ounces) and thanks to the oversized egg-shaped handle, gives you much needed torque when cranking on something with some real grit. Like its predecessor the FJ, the FK edition of the Stradic comes with a CF Cold Forged Aluminum spool that’ll pack on a bit over 200 yards of 30# braid – more than enough to help you breathe easy when that line is peeling off the spool (although 24# of waterproof drag helps slow that down as well!). The Shimano Stradic FKST5000XGFK comes with a high-speed 6.2:1 gear ratio that can rip surface plugs across the top, or quickly retrieve your jig when targeting fast-movers. Match your Stradic FK 5000 up with a 7-7’6” MH/H power rod with a fast action and plenty of backbone.
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I haven't received it yet but if it's like the one I bought thirty years ago for around sixty dollars I'll be greatly satisfied.