Fishing Gear


Shimano’s line of Stradic spinning reel got a bit of a facelift for 2012 and they are now better than ever. The new Stradic FJ series features Shimano’s X-Ship, an innovative double bearing supported pinion gear design that guarantees a smooth, effortless retrieve. There are seven new reels in the Stradic FJ series, including the ST-1000FJ, 2500FJ, 3000FJ, 4000FJ, 5000FJ, 6000FJ and 8000FJ.

On the surface, anglers will be familiar with Shimano’s return to the Stradic white color, but that’s about the only feature that pulls from previous designs. “That was the simple step in how to make the Stradic reels even better, and we heard it loud and clear from anglers around the globe about selecting the right color,” said Kenichi Iida, reel product specialist for Shimano America Corp. “But it’s under the surface what anglers will really appreciate, and that’s a smoothness both during the cast and then the retrieve made possible by X-Ship.”

With X-Ship, anglers will experience increased gearing efficiency and power, which makes rotating the handle super easy, even under a load. By supporting the pinion gear with two S A-RB shielded ball bearings, “X-Ship provides a smooth, effortless retrieve,” said Iida, “and also virtually eliminates the pinion gear twist and rotor flex common with most spinning reels when fighting a fish. As we were able to showcase in the award-winning Stella FE reels, and also in our new Sustain FG reels, X-Ship takes the Stradic reel to one more level up, providing anglers with out-of-the-box smoothness for the life of the reel.”

Included in all seven Stradic FJ reels is a long-list of proven Shimano features, including Propulsion Line Management System to virtually eliminate any line twist and increase casting distance, Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, SR Concept, Aerowrap II, Dyna-Balance and Super Stopper II. They all have five S A-RB shielded bearings, and a one-way roller bearing to eliminate any handle backplay.

The ST-1000FJ, ST-2500FJ and 3000FJ all have a 6:1 gear ratio. The ST-1000FJ has spool capacity to handle 2- to 6-pound mono or 10- to 20-pound PowerPro braid, and retrieves 30 inches of line per crank. The ST-2500FJ, perfect for 6- to 10-pound test mono or 10- to 30-pound PowerPro, pulls in 34 inches. The ST-3000FJ, ideal for 6- to 10-pound test mono or 10- to 40-pound PowerPro, cranks in 35 inches.

The larger ST-4000FJ and ST-5000FJ have a 6.2:1 gear ratio. The ST-4000FJ retrieves 39 inches of line per crank and can handle 8- to 12-pound mono or 15- to 50-pound PowerPro. The ST-5000FJ is for 10- to 14-pound test mono or 20- to -50-pound test PowerPro and pulls in 41 inches. With 4.8:1 gear ratios, both the ST-6000FJ and ST-8000FJ retrieve 35 inches of line per crank. The 6000 will handle 12- to 20-pound test mono or 30- to 65-pound test PowerPro, while the 8000 holds 12- to 20-pound mono or 40- to 65-pound test PowerPro.

The handle grips on each Stradic is selected to compliment the type of fishing the reels are most used for. “You’ll find paddle handles on the ST-1000FJ and 2500FJ for their primary freshwater use, and then a flat-T on the 3000FJ and a larger saltwater T on the 4000FJ being that these reels see a good amount of use in fresh and salt,” said Iida. “We go with easy-to-grip Power Egg shape handles — a small one on the 5000FJ and large ones on the 6000FJ and 8000FJ — being these reels are mostly used in saltwater situations.”

Additionally, “being that the Stradic 6000FJ and 8000FJ for used for targeting larger saltwater species, there is no anti-reverse switch to help combat any intrusion of saltwater and the corrosion in can cause,” said Iida.

From panfish to tarpon, the Stradic FJ can handle a range of situations. , trout, walleye and bass, and the really have a tremendous following for flats and inshore saltwater crowd,” Iida. At Shimano, we realize how important it is to keep these anglers happy – we expect to see more smiles when they get their hands on a Stradic FJ.”

The ST-1000FJ, 2500FJ and 3000FF retail for $179.99; the 4000FJ retails for $199.99; the 5000FJ costs $209.99 and the 6000FJ and 8000FGJ retail for $379.99.

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  • X-Ship
  • Aluminum Rotor, Sideplate
  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Aero Wrap II Oscillation
  • SR-Concept: SR-3D Gear, SR Handle, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
  • S A-RB Ball Bearings
  • Aluminum Spool
  • S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
  • New Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In attachment)
  • WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Floating Shaft
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Floating Shaft
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines