The Shimano Baitrunner OC BTR8000OC Spinning Reel is a great option for anglers who want Shimano performance at a really great price. You’ll be in range of offshore predators like mahi, king mackerel, and various jacks – additionally, you can use this reel in the snag-and-drop striper fishery here in the Northeast. The baitrunning system on this reel is the same used on the more expensive versions, and works with the same deadly effectiveness. Simply flip the switch at the rear of the reel to engage a controlled freespool (adjusted with a separate drag knob behind the switch) then wait for a strike and turn the handle to engage all 20# of standard drag the reel is equipped with. Because of the oversized CF Cold Forged Aluminum spool, you’ll be able to squeeze on 300 yards of 50# braided spectra, making for a reel that’s capable of tangling with trophy sized fish. Use this XT-7 graphite bodied reel from the surf as well, either for plugging or bait fishing, and you’ll fall in love at first crank. The Varispeed Oscillation that graces the BTR8000OC uses an oval oscillation gear to lay the line perfectly even on your spool assuring long and accurate casts. The Shimano Baitrunner OC BTR6000OC can be used from both the surf and boat, making it a deadly dual purpose reel.
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