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Shimano NASCI Spinning Reels

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Offering some of Shimano’s flagship technologies and uncompromising quality in a package that even the budget-minded angler can enjoy, the Shimano Nasci is an exciting new reel that both freshwater and saltwater anglers can make use of. Featuring Shimano’s HGN Gearing, the Shimano Nasci offers long-term gear durability not normally associated with spinning reels in it’s class. X-Ship technology is also employed in the Nasci. X-Ship makes use of a dual bearing-supported pinion gear that keeps precise alignment with the drive gear leading to a more connected feel under heavy loads, less friction between the spool shaft and gear, and years of dependable operation and performance.

Adding to the list of features is one rarely seen in a reel of this class. CoreProtect protects three critical areas of the Shimano Nasci - the roller clutch, the body, and the line roller from water intrusion. Couple this with the use of Hagane Gear which uses state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to produce an incredible durable gear system and you have a spinning reel that can take whatever you throw at it and continue to perform, all without breaking the bank.

Shimano Technology Found In Nasci Reels :
  • CoreProtect - The concept of CoreProtect is simple – to provide exceptional water resistance without creating any additional rotational resistance on the retrieve. The reel is treated at key areas such as the roller clutch, body, and line roller to resist water intrusion.
  • G-Free Body - G-Free Body technology enables the reel’s center of gravity to be moved closer to the center of the reel seat, and therefore the anglers hand position. This shift in weight and balance helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • Super Stopper - Super Stopper anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing to eliminate back-play in the reel and provide the angler with instant power when setting the hook.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
4.5 Stars based on 16 reviews
By Kristopher
Bullet Proof Reel
March 26, 2019
Typical Shimano quality at an affordable price! I use this on a 7'6" rod for inshore and it has handled everything from Reds to Sheep Heads.
By Joe
Nasci 500
January 22, 2019
Seems nice and smooth. Will see how it handles in the spring
By Cliff
San Diego CA
A bit dissapointing
December 31, 2018
I have been fishing this reel for about 6 months now. It's decent but at the price point i feel Diawa offers far superior products like the BG and the Fuego LT. It could dstand to be allot smoother and lighter.
ProsPrice i guess
ConsThere are far superior products in the same price range.
South Haven Mi.
Shimano NASC 3000 reel
October 31, 2018
Can’t beat this reel for the money! Smooth awesome reel!! Buy it!!
By Snakehead S.
OK Budget Reel But Leaves a Lot to Be Desired
October 19, 2018
I have owned this reel in the 5000 sized since it was released. I have owned many other Shimano reels for the past 15 years, Daiwa, Abu, Penn and others. I usually buy the mid to flagship range reels but wanted to give this reel a shot to see what the hype was all about. I have to say that this reel is quite sloppy in the tolerences in the handle and knob. From day 1 it has always has had a geary lump on every 1/3 turn of the handle like an off kilter wheel. When reeling in bigger fish, the handle seems to have a lot of flex, so much so that i've felt I might break it. I've also tested the drag at ~18lb under controlled conditions and there is an uncomfortable amount of flex in the rotor. I love Shimano products but if you plan on using this reel for larger game (~10lb drag or higher), go with a more solidly built reel.
ProsBudget friendly
ConsA lot of flex in the handle and rotor Possible quality control Wouldn't use it for big fish or even close to it's stated drag numbers
By Ron D.
Elkhart, Indiana
Nasci 2500 & 3000
October 14, 2018
Nasci is the best quality $99.99 reel in this price range. Very durable, smooth with many features make this is a must have to add to your arsenal.
ProsHagane gear X ship Coreprotect 5 bearings 6 sizes
By Bob-O
Really great reel.
June 9, 2018
This reel is a bargin. For the price it rivals much more expensive spinning reels.
Buy it.
By Chris
Boston, MA
Love it!
February 4, 2018
High quality reel for a great price. I have a 3000 and a 5000.
ProsExtreamly smooth
ConsNon yet
By Jonathan
This real rocks
December 17, 2017
This real is lighter than all my penns and is smoother I have been able to catch big snook and Jack ladyfish but my only downfall is that the handle does not go directly into the gears therefore I don't think it'll last as long as my penn spin fisher or my penn slammer
By Pedro Z.
Uberlandia, Minas Gerais
Great Reel
November 27, 2017
Smoth, very lightweight and suitable for use in several fishing techniques
NASCI 3000
November 20, 2017
This is a fantastic, smooth reel for the price. I use it mostly for bass fishing along with some inshore for reds and strippers. It casts well, and the drag has enough umph to make it a good inshore reel.

If you fish heavy grass/lily pads in freshwater and live close enough to the coast to fish inshore, I recommend the smaller NASCI sizes. It will be hard to find a better reel for at the $100.00 price point.
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
NASCI 3000
November 4, 2017
great reel for light tackle inshore use....
I used it for anything from porgy to seabass to blackfishing all on jigs....
light weight and good value
Proslight weight good value
By Fish4Life O.
Oahu, Hawaii
NASCI 5000
January 28, 2017
Just purchased thus reel and tried it out a few times. Works very well like most Shimano reels. Very smooth, and good balanced feel. I have yet to see how the drag system works on a big fish running. But overall it's a good reel for the price.
By pat
Hutchinson MN
amazing. tough. smooth.
December 21, 2016
Had a chance to use this reel today in less than perfect conditions, snow on the ground, dodging ice flows and 30 degree water. This reel functioned in an environment that literally causes most reels to simply explode.
This is the smoothest reel I have ever used, the gears are nothing short of amazing, SO SMOOTH, SO POWERFUL, JUST SIMPLY AMAZING! I plan on buying the 5000 size when I get the chance.

By Nathan C.
South fl
Good reel but one issue I found
December 3, 2016
Reel feels as smooth if not smoother then my fk Stradic, 2nd cast I had on this reel I hooked into a nice 28" red fish and functioned flawlessly reel was as smooth as could be. The only problem I found was flex in the body, not to say it's not going to last a long time but flex like that in a reel is never a good thing to have.
ProsEverything besides the body
12 Questions & 12 Answers
Thomas Cummings
from 33755 asked:
April 12, 2019
Casual Fisherman here. I fish inshore and offshore for anything from trout to Redfish. I am buying this reel, but am unsure of what the best line to put on it is. I am guessing something braided, but I'm not sure.
1 Answer
Standard power pro or the power pro superslick. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 15, 2019

Duy Hoang
from Oklahoma city, Oklahoma asked:
October 20, 2018
Do you have Shimano NASCI 2500S
1 Answer
NAS2500FB is the only Shimano Nasci in that size.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 22, 2018

Sam radke
from Charlotte, NC asked:
February 22, 2018
Can this reel be used in saltwater
1 Answer
Hello Sam, yes this reel can be used in salt water.
Submitted by: Bernie on February 22, 2018

from Northern Michigan asked:
September 13, 2017
Can you get extra spools so that I can have alternate line weights?
1 Answer
Hi Mike, We don't have nor sell extra spools but they can be purchased through Shimano directly.
Submitted by: Bernie on September 13, 2017

James Metternich
from Peoria,illinois asked:
December 9, 2018
What are the bail wire diameter sizes of the SYMETRY 3000 and 4000? What are the sizes of the Nasci wire bail diameter-for the 3000 and 4000?
1 Answer
The bail diameter on the 3000 is 5/64 (0.078) of an inch. The diameter on the 4000 is 11/128 (0.085) of an inch. Unfortunately, we no longer carry the Symetre to give measurements.
Submitted by: Rebecca on December 13, 2018

from louisiana asked:
April 7, 2018
Inshore, what is the right rod to pair with the 4000, saltwater red and speck fishing, fresh bass and stripper fishing?
1 Answer
The St Croix MIS76MF Mojo Inshore Spinning Rod would be an ideal match paired with the Nasci 4000 for the application your using the combo for.
Submitted by: Donald on April 11, 2018

Tim DeGeorge
from Hernando, Florida asked:
December 7, 2017
can I switch the handle for a left handed person? Just ordered this as a gift and realized he is left handed...
1 Answer
The Shimano NASCI Spinning Reels handles can be switched from l/h to r/h.
Submitted by: Donald on December 7, 2017

from Clemson SC asked:
June 21, 2017
2500 paired with 7' med light xfast for Ned, wacky, finesse etc. rod suggestion? Kayak fisherman
1 Answer
The 2500 paired with a St. Croix MJS610MLXF Mojo Bass Spinning Rod - 6 ft. 10 in. would be a great match for the application your using the combo for.
Submitted by: Donald on June 21, 2017

Ethan Noetling
from charlotte nc asked:
March 16, 2017
does that white thing come off the spool?
1 Answer
Yes, that white label is there to list certain features and technologies it includes while the reel is on display. It needs to be removed before spooling.
Submitted by: Devon on March 17, 2017

Ethan Noetling
from charlotte nc asked:
March 16, 2017
does that white thing come off the spool?
1 Answer
Yes. The white label on the spool is for display purposes. It should be removed before spooling.
Submitted by: Devon on March 17, 2017

from Hutchinson MN asked:
December 24, 2016
If I accidentally drop this reel in the water, and it is promptly retrieved,would it okay?
1 Answer
I think it will live.
Submitted by: John on December 27, 2016

slave kukulovski
from skopje, republic of macedonia asked:
December 8, 2016
hi i would like to buy nasci fb reel but i'm confused because the handle on your pictures is silver colour and on the official shimano site and catalogue it is gold colour. i would like to know why is that so? thank you
1 Answer
The Shimano NASCI Spinning Reels come with the gold handle.
Submitted by: Donald on December 8, 2016


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