Shimano Ocea Jigger Star Drag Conventional Reels

Shimano Ocea Jigger Star Drag Conventional Reels

Shimano's flagship jigging reel combines multiple cutting edge technologies to provide never-before-seen rotational torque and cranking power.

$499.99 - $599.99
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RetrieveGear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankBraided Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
BearingsMax DragWeightPrice
Right Hand6.4:139in40/300
8+115lb14.3oz$499.99 USD
Right Hand5.1:131in40/300
8+117lb14.3oz$499.99 USD
Right Hand6.2:146in40/400
8+122lb21.0oz$529.99 USD
Right Hand5.1:138in40/400
8+122lb21.0oz$529.99 USD
Right Hand5.1:146in50/740
6+140lb27.9oz$599.99 USD
Right Hand4.4:140in50/740
6+140lb27.7oz$599.99 USD

Making use of the industries' most advanced manufacturing practices, the Shimano Ocea Jigger Star Drag Conventional Reels were built for the jigging enthusiast looking for the ultimate in unbridled performance. The Ocea Jigger offers unprecedented cranking power thanks to a multitude of features. Equipped with Shimano's cutting edge Infinity Drive technology, a new main shaft supporting structure is utilized to reduce friction with the pinion gear, resulting in greatly improved rotational torque. Rotational torque is also enhanced by an adjustable long crank handle to provide the angler with superior leverage over heavy loads. With two different adjustable handle positions, anglers can choose from positions that enhance either speed or power to better suit their jigging application. A buttery smooth retrieve is ensured with MicroModule gear. The X-Protect feature enhances durability and preserves that out-of-the-box effortless rotation by utilizing a labyrinth construction that channels water away from key internal components, combined with a water repellant coating. Housing the Ocea Jigger's internal components is a compact aluminum frame that is both lightweight and easily palmable, putting unparalleled fish fighting power in a package that is comfortable to use and will reduce angler fatigue during long jigging sessions.


  • Two position adjustable long crank handle offers all day jigging comfort
  • Exciting drag sound allows anglers to know when they are in jeopardy of pulling hooks or breaking off
  • Auto-Clutch return to easily bring the reel in and out of freespool and react quickly to bites
  • Spool lock allows anglers to more safely break off when they snag bottom
  • New trouble free drag star design which allows for easy adjustment
  • EI coating on the spool surface in order to prevent corrosion
  • HG and PG gear ratios to properly pair with various jigging styles
  • Shimano's best-in-class S-ARB bearings to provide long lasting performance

Shimano Technology Found In Shimano Ocea Jigger Star Drag Conventional Reels:

  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to it's stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An angler's actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. It's efficiency through strength.
  • Micro Module Gear - State-of-the-art gear design makes use of smaller gear teeth and more of them, which results in a more efficient gear train and much smoother retrieve.
  • Infinity Drive - Through the use of new main shaft supporting structure to eliminate friction within the pinion gear, reels with Infinity Drive achieve increased winding torque, along with an incredibly smooth and light rotation under heavy loads.
  • Exciting Drag Sound - Produces an audible drag sound to provide the angler with better feedback when a fish makes a run.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano's A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing's rotation.
  • E.I. - Shimano's proprietary treatment on the spool and body that allows for advanced corrosion resistance that's more than twice as effective as the conventional surface treatment.
  • X-Protect - By combining a water repellant coating and a specially designed water channeling labyrinth construction, X-Protect provides high-level water resistance without adding weight or sacrificing light rotor rotation.
5 Stars based on 12 reviews
By Dan M.
oceanside, NY
April 6, 2021
Smoothest reel on the market. Effortless retrieve, even on 30-40lb fish. Compact and light. Just a pleasure to fish.
ProsSmooth and powerful. Star drag has more click stops than a Trinidad. Compact and light.
Cons5 more lbs of drag would be nice, though you’re fine without it. EVA ball knob handle would be a nice option for those using this for tog and not slow pitch fishing.
By Ricardo C.
Panama, Central America.
monster reel in a small package
March 22, 2021
Quality built: 10
Performance specs: 10
Shimano of course! Techology is included fo free!!
It will last a lifetime if you take care of it, it is meant for the big fights!!!!
ProsShimano tech!!
ConsNone yet!!! Not cheap but you get for what you pay for, right!!!!!
By Ryan
Love it
December 31, 2020
Perfect for bottom dwellers or jigging at any depth in the water column. Super smooth and sexy looking reel.
ProsSpool lock. Improved torque over the Trinidad.
ConsCost if you?re on a budget.
By Travis
Naples, FL
Shimano Ocea Jigger 👌
December 27, 2020
Quality fit and finish including boxing is second to none ! No slop in reel but it’s Shimano so what can I say!
ProsEverything said above
October 12, 2020
By Domingo
San Jacinto, CA
Expectation we’ll beyond!
May 4, 2020
Easy to control, gives me better grip handle and provides smooth and easy cranking motion. What else can you ask for?
ProsA beast in a small package!
ConsCant find one don’t waste your time looking for!
By Chris
Pompano Beach, FL
This is my primary jigging reel set up
April 26, 2020
I use both the 1500 and 2000NRHG frequently. I like it more that valiant 500N by accurate. so smooth, reliable, strong. great inches per crank, good drag. One draw back: careful on the cast because the handle will spin around and close the bail and then...DUCK! I have grown accustomed to opening my bail and pressing my knuckles against the handle when I cast with the drift. I won't use anything else personally!
ProsSMOOTH!!! great inches per crank enough drag to stop big fish looks awesome light weight
Conshandle winding and closing bail on a cast
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
So much precision!
April 9, 2020
Used one on a boat last year. No struggles, operated smoothly, and what a great drag sound
ProsSmooth, strong, precision engineered
ConsDon?t try to find something negative, will be a waste of time
By Eric W.
Springboro, ohio
Smooth as silk
March 16, 2020
Super smooth and powerful
By RandyT
Gardena, CA
Really impressed
January 27, 2020
I was happy when Shimano released this reel here in the States. I have to say, I was looking at purchasing a JDM version prior to it's release, but as most know, Shimano and other U.S. based brands won't touch their companies JDM products. It is extremely smooth, and reeling up from depth with a 400 or 500g jig and a fish, is not a problem. I'm waiting to see how well it works on large fish.
ProsVery, very smooth when reeling.
ConsNone so far.
By Cyaco
Shimano’s best or Daiwa’s Best??
January 12, 2020
Difficult to say which one is better... Ocea Jigger 1500HG has automatic clutch return and drag sound. Those 2 are better than Saltiga 15H. But, Saltiga was released in 2015...
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
Just my .02 when popping open the reel
November 19, 2019
The Shimano Ocea Jigger is a rock solid, compact beast of a reel. Combining Rolex level precision with power and features. Whether you're fast jigging or slow jigging. Tog jigging or just bottom fishing. This thing is a precisely engineered monster. there's nothing it's equal.

Love how shimano has made this a very high performance reel in this price range
9 Questions & 9 Answers
from New Haven Connecticut asked:
November 20, 2019
Will this be offered in a lefty??
1 Answer
As of now they will only be available in a right hand retrieve 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on November 20, 2019

SC Park
from Sterling, VA asked:
October 4, 2019
Is this reel JDM?
1 Answer
While similar to the jdm this is the North American version 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on October 7, 2019

from Jersey asked:
January 30, 2021
Will the Ocea jigger 4000 have a bolt on to rod option?
1 Answer
Yes, this reel comes with a clamp.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 2, 2021

from Woodbridge, Virginia asked:
January 28, 2021
Which reel would be good for bottom fishing sea bass, flounder etc. 

and what Shimano rod would I pair that with?

1 Answer
The 1500HG paired with a MH Shimano Terez or Grappler Slow J will make a great overall bottom/fluke fishing setup. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 28, 2021

from California asked:
December 16, 2020
For the 4000 version do you have to manually put the reel into gear or does it go into gear when you turn the handle?
1 Answer
For this reel, you have to manually put the reel into gear by flipping the side switch.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on December 17, 2020

from California asked:
October 20, 2020
Does it have a level wind?
1 Answer
This reel does not offer a Levelwind model
Submitted by: Alex T on October 23, 2020

from NJ asked:
January 3, 2020
Other than the handle, what is the difference between the Ocea Jigger and Trinadad A?
1 Answer
While they are extremely similar in design they have do features that made them very different. The Ocea Jigger while offered in limited sizes compared to the Trinidad that has 5 different models and sizes to choose from. The Trinidad's also have a higher drag capacity then the Ocea Jiggers. Also the Ocea Jiggers have the option to buy the lower gear ratio model to have more torque, most of the Trinidad's come with 6:2:1 Ratio. So if you needed a lower ratio for jigging with a slightly longer shaft the Ocea Jigger may be the option to go with. However if you need something with more capacity and higher maximum drag the Trinidad may be the best option. 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on January 15, 2020

from Canada asked:
December 21, 2019
Made in Japan?
1 Answer
Yes, this model of Ocea Jigger is made in Japan, however it is NOT the JDM Ocea Jigger that many people are familiar with. This model was made in Japan specifically to be sold in the North American market.
Submitted by: Devon Hicken on December 30, 2019

from Wilmington, DE asked:
December 18, 2019
Does this mean Shimano will now service the OJ in the US?
1 Answer
Correct. The Ocea Jigger is now a USDM product distributed by Shimano North America and will have the same service and warranty options as other Shimano America Products!
Submitted by: Ryan on December 18, 2019


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