Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels
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|Description||Inches Per Crank||Gear Ratio||Mono/Fluoro Line Cap. (lb test/yds)||PowerPro Line Cap. (lb test/yds)||Max Drag (lb)||Ball Bearings||Weight (oz)||Price|
|Sahara 500 FI Spinning Reel||21||4.7:1||2/190|
|Sahara 1000 FI Spinning Reel||26||5.0:1||2/270|
|Sahara 2500 FI Spinning Reel||29||5.0:1||6/200|
|Sahara C3000HG FI Spinning Reel||36||6.2:1||6/230|
|Sahara 4000XG FI Spinning Reel||39||6.2:1||8/240|
|Sahara C5000XG FI Spinning Reel||41||6.2:1||10/240|
Shimano's powerful new Sahara Spinning Reels offer unparalleled durability at an incredible value. Incorporating X-Ship and HAGANE Gearing in a G-Free Body, and available in sizes from 1000 through 5000, the Sahara offers value and performance that will appeal to beginner and advanced anglers alike.
The cold-forged, HAGANE Gear provides unmatched durability and smoothness. The HAGANE Gear is produced by applying nearly 200 tons of pressure to the raw metal. This technology is unlike any other in the world, and requires no cutting work, forging a high-precision gear with micron accuracy in a single process.
Took it apart,and shocked at all the plastic and cheap pot metal.
Returned it for another.
After a season of use,they both caught nice sized largemouth bass,and giant bowfin,and both worked great,with the exception that the reel lip makes long casting any distance difficult unless the spool is filled....much less,and I'm talking a minute amount less....and distance suffers.
Food for thought.... I also bought Shimano FX reels and a Sienna,which are the same reels just rebranded....and they're the same reel basically as the Sahara,just a couple less bearings.
All in all...they serve their purpose,but for me,when the time comes to replace them,I'll stick with the $22 FX models which are just as smooth and catch fish just as well.
The Sahara model is a outstanding reel for surf spinning or fresh water whit a solid reputation of performance and quality.
In special when you fish in water whit big and strong fish near shore line.
Low weight, very god recovery line rate and strong drag.
Hands down by far the best ultralite 1000 series reel I ever bought.
I never truely loved a freshwater reel since my quantum snapshots...... But, this reel makes me totally forget about them.......
Smooth as glass, great line lay, quiet, and good drag...... Line never gets caught under the spool....
For what you are doing, the 2500 may be a bit too small, especially when hoisting fish up over the railings of the pier. Take a look at the 5000. That will be a perfect all around size when bouncing between the piers and beach!
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