Shimano Baitrunner 8000D Spinning Reel

Shimano Baitrunner 8000D Spinning Reel

Price: $189.99
TD Code
Mono Line Capacity
(lb / yds)
Power Pro Line Capacity
(lb /yds)
Gear RatioLine Retrieve per CrankMax DragBaitrunner Max DragS A-RB BearingsRoller BearingsWeightPrice
4.8:136in20lb2.0lb3121.7oz$189.99 USD
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
  • S-Concept
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Dartainium II Drag WAshers (Cross Carbon)
  • Repairable Clicker
  • S A-RB (Shielded A-RB) Ball Bearings
  • Super Stopper Anti-Reverse
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Floating Shaft
  • Fluidrive II Gearing
5 Stars based on 38 reviews
By Jeffrey H.
Port Aransas TX
You get a good real
March 5, 2021
I live in south Texas by Port Aransas. I fish the flats out here a lot. Have the reel to throw out some crab for red fish or black drum. This reel does a good job. Happy with the reel.
ProsGood drag, fairly smooth
ConsI would like to see them update this model. Just a wish, it's a good reel
By Stripermikenj
Southampton pa
Top quality
November 26, 2020
This is a great all around reel for almost any inshore fish in New Jersey!!! From bottom fishing to live lining for striper
ProsIncredibly smooth Priced right
By Kevin
Brooklyn, New York
Decent baiting reel
November 19, 2020
This baitrunner reel is pretty decent with enough drag power to pull some big fishes.
By Eddie
Hobe Sound, FL
Simply Awesome
July 13, 2020
First time using my new Shimano baitrunner 1200 and landed a 30 lb blackfin tuna. Great battle and the reel performed flawlessly. A gamechanger using live pilchards down here in south FL.
ProsBoth main and live line drags are very smooth.
By Kenny
Must have reel for my lefties out there
November 18, 2019
So you want a conventional that’s quality in appearance and performance except it turns out they only come in righty most of the time. Look no further this reel is designed for you to have that live-bait running type reel so the fish doesnt feel tension when they run with your bait. The best part it’s a spinning reel that is from a quality company that has a great if not one of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced from
By Stan
Rhode Island
Shimano 6000D
October 28, 2019
Love the new reel! Second cast, I was rewarded with an 8lb blue fish. Many bass have been caught with it and it performed flawless. Perfect pairing with my new surf rod!?
ProsA little lighter in weight than last reel
ConsNone at this time
By Peter
Great reel
May 26, 2019
The only reels I ever buy anymore for inshore and light offshore use. Reasonably priced with the added versatility of the baitrunner feature. I find myself using it while re-rigging rods as well - its easier than flipping the bail open and shut while providing tension for tying knots.
By Cliff
San Diego
Excellent reel
April 5, 2019
I wss not sure if I would line this reel because I do not use live bait, I'm a cut bait and plastics fan personally. However I still find the baitrunner incredibly useful for those subtle biting fish.
ProsGreat multi purpose reel
Consspinfisher vi gives it a run for it's money
By Stephen
Portland Maine
Best live liner!
December 14, 2018
Love these reels! My third in different sizes and generations. When I’m feeling lazy and chunking or if bass are teasing the eels the Baitrunner feature is perfect. Easy maintenance, very well built!
ProsPrice point, consistency, Shimano!
By Stephen
Portland Maine
Classically reliable
November 26, 2018
Recently purchased an 8000 own the 4000 and 6000 older models. Extremely reliable and well made. Easy to maintain pleasure to fish.
ProsGreat price, history of reliability.
By Les F.
handle broke
July 11, 2018
I have all shimano reels from spinning to TDL 20 and TDL 15 and had no trouble until this one. The handle came off in my hand as I was reeling in a fish.
Go to rig for jigging snapper
May 24, 2018
Received quickly n used the following weekend. Does a number jigging the elusive American Red Snapper!!
ProsWork awesome
By Dave B.
Bait Runners......Incredible reels
November 29, 2017
I have 5 Baitrunners and they are all more then I could have ever expected!! Have the 1st series, 2nd series, and now what looks like their 3rd series in the BR line ups. I don't think there's a better live liner on the market for the price. BTW I sold all my Penn spinners and haven't looked back.
ProsDurability, function, and factory service.
By Bill
West Palm Beach, Florida
Great reel.
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.
By Jw
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.
3 Questions & 3 Answers
Andres Vargas
from Cali, Colombia asked:
August 25, 2015
How many yards of power pro 80 lb can I put in this reel. I am going after Cuberas and need heavy line on it.
1 Answer
This reel will hold 150 yards or less of that strength line. If you need more line than that, I would recommend considering a bigger reel.
Submitted by: David on August 26, 2015

from RI asked:
April 14, 2015
1 Answer
Frank, To answer the question that reel would be great on a Shimano Terez spanning rod. To better answer your question and to get you the perfect rod in that line what type of fishing will you be doing such as jigging, casting, live bait/ chunk-ing and for what type of fish.
Submitted by: Frank on April 14, 2015

from Cape May, NJ asked:
October 24, 2013
Is the 8000D too big for surf fishing (stripers, shark, etc.)?
1 Answer
The 8000D would be a good size for surf fishing. You would have plenty of drag as well as line capacity to handle such fish.
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 29, 2013


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