Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reels
$169.99 - $199.99
|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
5 Stars based on 25 reviews
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.
9 Questions & 9 Answers
from Naples Fl asked:
June 12, 2017
I'm pairing this reel with a star aerial 15-30 7 ft rod for live bait fishing. Mostly for the Gulf beaches and inshore stuff, big Snook & Tarpon what size mono and or braid would you recommend?
The Shimano 6000D would be a great choice to use with 40 lb braid for the application the combo will be used for.
on June 15, 2017
from Ont asked:
January 6, 2017
I'm thinking about buying a St. Croix Legend 8 ft. surf rod. I would like to pair it up with a 6000 Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel for surf fishing and inshore. Would this be a good match? Thanks. Bill. We sent an earlier e-mail but forgot to mention the brand name St. Croix.
The St Croix Legend 8 ft would pair well with the 6000 Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel for surf fishing.
on January 7, 2017
from LA asked:
October 24, 2015
The st croix legend surf 7' new model â€¦â€¦ would that team up with the 4000 or would it be to small? Lure / spinners salt and some freshwater fishing are what I would use this for.
That rod and reel should pair up together great. A 4000 size reel is generally the size that I would put on a light saltwater and freshwater rod.
on October 26, 2015
from LA asked:
October 19, 2015
I would like to put one of these onto a St croix Legend 7' spinning rod what size would you recommend for size / balance etc?
I would most likely go with the 4000 size, but that also depends which Legend you are using because there are a few different sizes. For inshore rods, I would definitely go with the 4000.
on October 19, 2015
from Bassville asked:
July 22, 2015
What is the difference between Baitrunner OC and D series?
The D series has one more ball bearing. Other than that the only real difference is the color of the real.
on July 24, 2015
from OC asked:
April 27, 2015
Can you use 20lb braided line on the 6000D, or is the minimum 30lb?
Hello Brian. You can absolutely use 20 pound line on that reel. The numbers you see in the descriptions are merely to give you an idea of how much line each size reel will hold. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
on April 28, 2015
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from toms river nj asked:
April 2, 2015
does the lever on the back allows the real to free spool and than when a strike occurs you just flip the lever to engage
Hello John. When you get a hit, you simply crank the handle and that sends the lever forward and disengages free spool allowing the spool to operate normally. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
on April 2, 2015
from firstname.lastname@example.org asked:
July 7, 2014
What is the warranty on shimano reels
Shimano has a 1 year limited warranty.
on July 7, 2014
from swaziland asked:
September 9, 2012
Can you use the reel in saltwater?
Yes, it was designed for saltwater use.
on September 9, 2012
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