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Shimano Thunnus TU8000CI4 Spinning Reel
Model
TD Code
Line Capacity (Test/Yards)Power Pro Capacity (est/Yards)Line Retrieve Per CrankMax DragS SUS BearingsRoler ClutchGear RatioGripWeightPrice
TU8000CI4
SHM-1618
14/295
17/250
20/195
40/295
50/290
65/180
36 in20 lbs.614.8Small Egg19.4 oz$289.99 USD
Lightweight and the power to stop big fish. Not a sentence you are used to hearing! Seemingly against the laws of nature. Thunnus takes a page from our Bicycle division using Carbon materials in high impact situations. Thunnus CI4 is a response to all the anglers out there in love with the ease of use and functionality that wanted the reel to shed some weight. Thunnus CI4 is up to 7 ounces lighter than its predecessor without sacrificing any power. Quite the opposite!! Due to new drag systems for the Main Drag and the Baitrunner drag Thunnus CI4 is the most efficient live bait spinning reel on the market with unmatched adjustability for fishing any bait in any condition as well as the smooth stopping power that this generation of Thunnus will be known for.
  • Lightweight CI4 Frame and Rotor (AL on 12000)
  • Aluminum 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
  • Varispeed Oscillation
  • S-Concept, S-Rotor, S-Arm Cam, Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In Handle Attachment), Oversized Septon Grips for Power and Comfort, WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Dartainium II Drag Washers (Cross Carbon)
  • Repairable Clicker
  • S A-RB (Shielded A-RB) Ball Bearings
  • Super Stopper II Anti-Reverse
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Floating Shaft
  • Fluidrive II Gearing
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
5 Stars based on 7 reviews
By Phil H
New Fairfield, CT
Pricey but worth it.
August 30, 2016
I use this mostly for saltwater bottom fishing (in Rhode Island), but will throw a plug on if the bluefish are around (they are fun to catch). Fished with this reel 8 straight days on the saltwater and don't see any signs of corrosion anywhere on the reel (I did give it a freshwater wash down after every trip). Casts great, and the retrieve is very smooth. So far the biggest fish I have caught was an 8 Lb. bluefish and a 6 lb. skate (but hope to get some bigger ones in the future).
ProsVery smooth Casts great
Consnone
By David Norris
Idaho
Super...
July 9, 2016
I Have several baitrunners dating back to the 4500A 16 years ago, which still works.... This is the best yet, the power grip is a great improvement and the infinite anti reverse is awesome.
ProsShimano Baitrunner super smooth infinite anti-reverse power grip
Consnot too crazy about the color, its like blue metalic. I would like to see like a brushed or satin silver finish and of course nothing ever wrong with black or charcoal
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
best bait runner
March 27, 2016
this is the best bait runner out there. I used it for stripers and blues from boat on a 7ft rod
Prosquality
By david
lake worth, FL
great reel
May 7, 2015
this reel is great for live bait fishing with the baitrunner feature
By Daniel
Pompano Beach, FL
Best Spinning Reel
January 28, 2015
Been switching my reels from Baitcasters to Thunnus's. All in all I am really a huge fan of both. I have the older Baitcaster that have the metal frame verse the Composite that is used in the Thunnus. The 12000\8000 Thunnus does still have some Metal in the Frame. This is the only downside to the Thunnus that I have hit so far. One of the reels I received the composite base was broken and I had to return for a replacement. This makes me worry about the long term durability of the new Thunnus. This does make reels much lighter, though. Time will have to be my judge on if the composite holds up as well as the metal for the older Baitcasters. As of now I am extremely happy with the reel and transition.
ProsEvery feature under the sun!
ConsLess metal and more composite.
By bruce ross
Miami,Fl
Excellent all around reel
December 28, 2012
I just used this reel for a night trip on a party boat Handled a big Kingfish easily Better drag than my bait runner 4500B Reel is super smooth and powerful Caught grouper(24") several good size yellowtail Reel is lighter than older model without sacrificing strength (did not fatigue me) Highly recommended!!
ProsGreat drag,smooth and powerful
ConsNo negatives here
By chuck
west covina, ca
wow...one of shimano's best
September 11, 2012
Based on Shimano's and TackleDirect expert recommendations; i coupled this with a 7 ft 2 Terez med-heavy [30-80lb] rod and it came to be a wonderful combi. Used 30 lb braid and been catching barracuda, seabass, rock fish with it.
Prosfast retrieve + very good drag
Consnone
2 Questions & 2 Answers
stephen carl foran
from manchester uk asked:
October 12, 2014
what is the difference between this reel and the 6000D?
The Thunnus is made with higher grade material and is much smoother. It is also much lighter and gives you greater line capacity.
Customer Service
on October 13, 2014

Andrew
from Houston, TX asked:
December 18, 2012
Are the Thunnus CI4 8000 and 6000 reel frames the same size? So if I bought an 8000, would I be able to put a 6000 spool on the 8000 frame?
They are not the same size. Shimano does do that with many of their reel but in this case there is a very slight size difference which doesn't allow for interchangeable spools.
Customer Service
on December 19, 2012

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