Shimano Baitrunner 6000D Spinning Reel
|Mono Line Capacity|
(lb / yds)
|Power Pro Line Capacity|
|Gear Ratio||Line Retrieve per Crank||Max Drag||Baitrunner Max Drag||S A-RB Bearings||Roller Bearings||Weight||Price|
The Baitrunner D combines todays technology with legendary performance and durability. Incoporating all the latest techonology such as the Propulsion Line Management System to S A-RB bearings, the new compact profile lineup of Baitrunners can handle nearly any live-bait application from the new small 4000 size for freshwater and inshore species to the large 12000 size for Bluewater.
- Graphite Frame
- Graphite Sideplate
- Propulsion Line Management System
- Varispeed Oscillation
- Machined Aluminum Handle
- Dartainium II Drag WAshers (Cross Carbon)
- Repairable Clicker
- S A-RB (Shielded A-RB) Ball Bearings
- Super Stopper Anti-Reverse
- Floating Shaft
- Fluidrive II Gearing
West Palm Beach, Florida
May 13, 2017
I already have a Shimano Baitrunner 4000 and Shimano Baitrunner 6000. Normally I avoid overly complex fishing gear because simplicity = reliability but the Shimanos have proven themselves in some extreme conditions while saltwater fishing. I bought the 12000 D because of my positive experience with the smaller Shimanos which have been seriously overworked by some large, tough, saltwater fish. The fish lost the those fights all but one time. July 2016 I was night-fishing with the 6000 and got hit and lost 300 yards of line even though the drag was dialed down pretty tight. The 6000 reel still works just fine. I expect to avenge that loss with the 12000 D.
ProsReliable and tough + easy to operate.
ConsNone so far.
Gulf of Mexico
January 26, 2017
Shimano replaces,any broken component after purchase. It's smooth and balanced well. I put mine on a shimano Terez, extra heavy duty, fast action rod.
ProsShimano repair plan is awesome! 20 bucks and they repair/replace or clean every component.
By Charles R
Shimano Baitrunner 8000D
November 25, 2016
This is a very good reel - the drag is smooth and the range of resistance for the live bait function is very good. Easy positive bail operation and smooth retrieve. Had a great time catching stripers live lining pogies this fall around the Elizabeth Islands. Great value for the money.
August 17, 2016
Reel works excellent for live bait or casting plugs. heavy duty and has handled numerous 30+ lbs stripers since i bought it.
Shimano baitrunner 8000d
April 22, 2016
Purchased one of these reels about a year back. I do mostly fluke and striped fishing with the reel and it's excellent. It's smooth has a pretty good drag and holds a decent amount of line. Although it's on the higher end price worth it's worth the extra money.
Great all around Surf Reel
March 24, 2016
I own 3 different sizes of the baitrunner (8,6 and 4K) and love them all. I use the 8k for chunking bait and the 6k when i am not sure if i will be tossing lures or want to sit back and relax with some bait. Some say the spool size might be a bit small but if you use braid in the 25 lb class it fits plenty. Hopefully Shimano never discontinues this amazing reel, i doubt they will.
One of my Fav's
March 24, 2016
The Shimano baitrunner is one of my favorite all time reels. I use them not only on the boat but also on the surf and the baitrunner feature is amazing. I use this 8000 on my 12 foot surf rod that i use mostly for chunking bait, but also use the 6000 off the surf and the 4000 on the boat. Excellent value for such a quality fishing reel.
new york, NY
August 12, 2015
Awesome reel awesome price. thisis seriously smooth smother than gosa
lake worth, FL
May 7, 2015
awesome reel for small offshore fish and big snook at spillways on live bait
Lake worth, FL
May 3, 2015
this reel is awesome the only problem is it has absolutely no line capacity
THE surf bait reel
March 10, 2015
I've been a Baitrunner user since high school, and still have two of the 4500Bs that I use regularly. I'm steadily upgrading my 4500's to the 6000Ds as I like them and the others have been in service for almost 10 years. I've never had a problem mechanically with this reel, and with annual maintenence and washing with fresh water thoroughly after each use, I don't think I will ever have problems. I use this reel with 30 lb Power Pro super slick and it'll catch just about anything in the east coast surf. If you are on the fence about moving to Shimano or you have never used a baitrunner, you need to give this reel a shot. There is nothing like looking over and seeing your rod bent over and hearing the baitrunner screaming!
ProsBaitrunner Feature Smooth Drag Line Capacity
ConsWill collect sand, but easily washable
Best Baitrunner on the Market
March 8, 2015
Great reel for live bait and casting top water baits.
Lake Worth, Florida
January 23, 2015
I have a baitrunner and it is absolutley my favorite reel that i have. It has great durability and good line capacity. Whenever the one i have now gets worn out i will definetley be buying a new one!
January 22, 2015
I matched up with tsunami airwave elite 10' .. balanced great .. the reel is very.. I mean very smooth.. I have not get the big striper yet, but it works fine with 29" striper..
Prosvery smooth.. cannot compare to other brand reel..
January 22, 2015
Awesome reel for offshore and inshore
An all around well built and reliable reel
December 7, 2014
have used this reel for strippers in New England and drum in TampaBay.The bail handels braided line with 0 problems and the bait drag and reel drag are very smooth.I owned a 3500 before I bought the 6000.They are my favorite reels.
Prosthe bail picks up braided line every time with out getting jammed in the side of the roller unlike competetors reels.great reel for live or any bottom bait and is so sensitive it works when a crab is trying to steal your bait....
Great reel for then price.
November 13, 2014
I own three of these and have caught a lot of big fish on them and they've all held up well.
ProsLots of line capacity and a good overall feel
Ultimate Snapper Reel.
July 28, 2014
If you were only allowed 1 reel for Snapper fishing in Victoria Australia the Baitrunner D 8000 or 12000 would be it. The Shimano Baitrunner D series Reels are the Kings of the seas during our Snapper season, This statement would be shared by any seasoned Victorian Snapper Angler, it is also a fashion crime to be seen without one as you would definitely be the odd man out!
ProsThis Reel is a gift from the fishing Gods!
High Springs, FL
Smooth durable performance
July 8, 2014
I couldn't be happier with the 6000D after several outings. So far everything has performed seamlessly. The rear to front drag transition is an awesome feature. I just ordered a second combo of Star Rods Handcrafted Live Bait and the Shimano Baitrunner D.
Seal Beach, CA
8000D Works For Me
June 4, 2014
I have been using the Baitrunner 8000D since it came out a few years ago and find it to be the best of all worlds. It is light enough for traveling, smooth operation for surf casting with enough drag for fish up to 40 lbs. only because I have not caught anything larger from shore. There is enough line capacity using Power Pro Braid 50 lbs.. This real has performed flawlessly every year with only minor care after each use.
ProsI liked this real so much I purchased a second real for my brother. Great value!
By Captain Dave Schwenk
May 3, 2014
I bought four of these for livelining for stripers.They have smooth drags and have performed nicely so far.
Whidbey Island, WA
Worked like a charm.
August 7, 2013
We used this reel for albacore fishing off the coast of WA and it held up just great. You have to get one fish one and let it take out a fair amount of line so when you reel it in, it tightens down the braided line. It was a kick to used on these fast running fish.
ProsGreat price for a quality reel. Bait runner feature is great!
ConsWish it could hold a full 300 yds of line.
Milton, New York
April 12, 2013
Love these reels. This is the fourth one I now own. Very smooth and great with braid
ProsOverall quality is excellent
December 19, 2012
Best live baiting reel on the market. Built to last.
ProsSturdy, reliable, convenient for live baiting
top notch reel
September 26, 2012
This is a top notch reel. I use it for bait fishing. I've also found the bait runner option to be useful for letting out line when trolling.
6 Questions & 6 Answers
from Jupiter , FL asked:
March 4, 2017
I have a SARAGOSA rod SRS-66MH Will use it offshore with braid trolling, live bait flat line and bottom. Which Bait runner would be a good match? 4000D 6000D or 8000D
The Shimano 8000D would be a good reel to match with the SRS-66MH trolling live bait and bottom fishing. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
on March 7, 2017
from Auburn, AL asked:
July 4, 2016
Do you have a recommendation for a 7 foot rod to go with this 6000D series reel? In the price range of $60 - $100? I just bought the 8000D combo from you with the Silver Hook series rod - TDSBS701MH 7ft TD Custom Rod...(TDA-0263)...Great rod for king mackerel, but a bit heavy for what I will do with the 6000D...I want something just a little bit lighter - I pier fish the gulf coast; snobbling live bait for spanish mackerel; redfish; bluefish and there is always a chance of hooking a king mackerel. Do you have a fast action version of the same rod I bought? or do I need to stick with the same rod or go down a notch to the TDA-0267 ?
The TDA-0267 is a little light. The Tsunami TSTSS-702M Trophy Surf Spinning Rod is heavier and could handle more weight for casting lures or bait.
on July 6, 2016
from New Jersey asked:
November 27, 2015
In terms of a 7 foot boat rod, which rod would go perfectly with the Baitrunner 6000D for big bass and an occasional blue. I will be plugging, and snagging-and-dropping to the bottom for monster Striped Bass. I was thinking about a Shimano Teramar, but I'm not sure.
Teramar would be a great rod for that, as would a Terez or Terez Waxwing.
on November 30, 2015
from Frankfort, KY asked:
August 7, 2015
What size reel do you recommend for inshore saltwater live bait fishing, the 4000D or 6000D. Mainly fishing for sea trout, flounder, and reds. Would also cast lures with same reel? Thanks
Hello Jim. The 4000D would be just perfect for you. You would be able to fish the live bait as well as plugs with the same reel.
on August 17, 2015
from stroudsburg pa asked:
October 29, 2014
what is the best bait runner reel for surfcasting for big stripers and blue fish, the 4000, 6000, 8000 or 12000
The 6000 and 8000 size Baitrunner are great reels for catching big strippers and blue fish.
on October 30, 2014
from Charleston, SC asked:
June 19, 2012
what's a good rod for this reel? Thx
This is the rod that we would recommend to pair that reel up with. http://www.tackledirect.com/gloomglserli1.html
on June 21, 2012