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Shimano ULCI45500XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus XSB Surf Spinning Reel

Shimano ULCI45500XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus XSB Surf Spinning Reel

Price: $319.99
TD Code
Line Capacity
Power Pro
BearingsGear RatioWeight
4155.3:115.9$319.99 USD
The Shimano ULCI45500XSB Utelgra CI4 Plus Surf Spinning Reel is made with a compact Ultegra body making rod speed easier to generate when distance casting. The Ultegra uses 2 speed slow oscillation line lay and an AR-C spool fitted with Instant Drag for simple and fast adjustment and increase casting performance. This reel also features cold forged gearing and x-ship technology produces powerful winding performance.

  • CI4+ construction
  • Shimano instant drag
  • Slow oscillation
  • Aero Wrap II
  • X-Ship
Shimano ULCI45500XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus XSB Surf Spinning Reel
4.5 Stars based on 15 Review(s)
Massapequa Park, New York
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excels at casting
November 7, 2015
I bought this reel for my dad who has always been obsessed with distance. This reel is unlike any other he has ever used when it comes to distance and he has been fishing for over 70 years. I would not recommend getting this reel wet from a wave full of sand but an occasional splash from the back bay shouldn't be a problem. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 because it is line and casts great but they market it as a surf reel and I dont think it would handle sand as well as say the new Spheros.
Excellent line mgt. Great distance caster.
Too delicate to use during inclement weather off the surf where you are getting hit with waves full of sand.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Ultegra Ci4 is as advertised
October 9, 2015
Used the Ultegra Ci4 for the past year+ in the surf and off of rocky shores. It is noticeably lighter than other surf reels with the same line capacity. The long casting capability and quick drag is as advertised. For me, it did much better on my 11-12 ft than on 8.5-10 ft 1-3 ounce rods. Given the long spool, line lay takes some getting used to since it is possible to lose the advantage of the line lay over time if you begin retrieve with the bail in a different location than the last line position after casting numerous times. For example, if the cast ends with the line position on the top of the spool and bail position on the bottom with immediate retrieval, the line lay is misaligned. Not any issue in sandy surf conditions, but if you're fishing in shallow water over rocks, you can't release line for proper alignment without risk of snagging the bottom. Handled all of the stripers easily but not sure how it will hold up with big jacks over time. The three spools makes this a very good value for me.
Lightweight, casting distance and two spare spools
Possible to lose advantage of line lay due to misalignment over time

Bridgewater, MA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

One Sweet Reel
October 7, 2015
Besides my Shimano Stella, this is the best reel I own. From a casting/feel perspective, to the way line simply feeds itself off the reel (no wind knots) to the drag and pure power once a fish is hooked.
Durability Lightweight Powerful "Feel"
none yet

St. Augustine, Fl.
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Be careful!
October 3, 2015
This is a great reel. Like others have said it is as smooth as silk and the line lay is superior to other reels. You will cast farther with it. But! I wish I had a chance to get better acquainted with the new sensitive drag. Today I hooked a Tarpon about a hundred yards out. Even in Florida hooking a Tarpon in the surf is a real experience that , believe me, doesn't happen every day. The fish took off like a rocket pulling line off at an unbelievable rate. I decided to tighten up the drag forgetting in the moment that the drag goes from basically nothing to full lock down in about half a turn or so. I went from about 20% drag to 100% in a half second and of course the line snapped. It's a great reel (despite my profanity at the time). I recommend it, but the drag takes a whole lotta getting used to. Some things are better off left alone.
Good high quality reel that does what it says it will.
Do I really have to answer this. Be careful with the drag!

Los Altos, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Lightweight Launcher
July 23, 2015
I paired this up with my 13'3" Saltiga Ballistic Surf Rod and launched the bait off the rocks out to sea. Wow. This is thing is extremely lightweight, and I had not problem bringing in some good size rockfish up the cliffs.

Dothan AL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Shimano Ultegra Ci4
February 4, 2015
best surf reel your money can buy the 3 spools are a big plus and the drag is smooth and powerful
shimano please lose the anti reverse they are a thing of the past HAHAHAHA

4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Ultegra C14 plus spinning reel
February 1, 2015
Ok reel for 320$ I thought it would have a more quality feel to it........ Actually it's a good reel only wobbles slightly more than my other shimano reels
Bulky looking

Rishon Le Zion, Israel
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great price for long casting reel
January 25, 2015
great price for long casting reel

New Zealand
3 Stars

Lovely reel but...
December 23, 2014
The slotted drag knob on the top lets wind blown sand and light gravel underneath the drag knob which compromises its use when a fish takes line not to mention the graunching sounds. That might be ok if you are constantly spinning and not laying the rod on the beach or placing it in a rod holder as surfcasters in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK do. A fishing mate of mine 2 years ago managed to get two Ultegra reels of the previous model which had the "unslotted," quite snug fitting drag knobs just as they were being phased out. Little problem with sand and grit there and the reels have performed excellently. The latest model Ultegras would be perfect but for the drag knob. It looks flash but its not functional for surf fishing as its done in the Southern Hemisphere and the UK. My three star rating reflects that. With an unslotted drag would be 5 stars and perfection.

Chesapeake, VA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great reel
December 6, 2014
great reel worth the money, use the extra spools and be ready for any type of fishing with this reel.

willow spring, nc
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

For my 8'6 G.loomis
November 14, 2014
Works wonderful does what its says, I was out on the surf and casting 2oz lures further than other guys next me for longer rods.
smooth, strong drag, 3 spools total, caries allot of line. Made with good constriction materials.
been a fan for a long time glad Shimano brought their surf line to the US. IF only they were fully sealed ....anything is possible I know I would pay $700 for one or more.

4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

good reel for the prize
September 26, 2014
This reel is almost perfect except the nut that holds the bail loose by itself and starts to wiggle.i guess it needs a locknut to hold it down sucurely.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great long casting
September 4, 2014
Love it cast a country mile

Mark Alexander
Brockton, MA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

A strong Surf Reel for Cape Cod Blues and Stripers.
August 9, 2014
I have been fan of Shimano reels for a long time and was really anxious to try out their long cast offerings. I mounted mine on a 10' Surf Rod and filled with 20 lb. braid. At first glance, I liked what I saw. The system is completely new and innovative and looks like it will deliver less fouled line, time will tell, but I'd bet on it. The lighter weight is remarkable next to my array of surf outfits. I long ago gave up on automatic bails and appreciate that they did too. I'm surprised that they kept the anti-reverse, although, that can be convenient. Overall, I'm impressed and look forward to testing the strengthened drag. I feel that my money is well spent on new Shimano technology.

Chesapeake, VA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Well done Shimano!
July 8, 2014
Put this on a new Shimano 10'6" rod rate 1-3 oz. All I can say is wow! It is really my wife's rod, hmmm anyone know of way to convince her she doesn't need it? :) By the way Tackle direct is the best.
Super light for and a great match for the rod..... The long spool and X wind does seem to make a difference....especially on slick braid.
Doesn't seem quite as well built as the Saragosa, (she has one of those too) but if you rinse them well and loosen the drag when put up all should be good.


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