Shimano SLX DC 151HG Baitcasting Reel

Shimano SLX DC 151HG Baitcasting Reel

ICAST 2019 Best Freshwater Reel Winner!

Featuring a one-of-a-kind digitally controlled braking system, the SLX DC puts trouble free casting in the hands of more anglers than ever before.

Price: $189.99
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RetrieveGear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Line CapacityBraided Line CapacityBearingsMax DragWeightPrice
Left Hand7.2:130in10lb/120yds
4+111lb7.6oz$189.99 USD

Built upon Shimano's well received SLX platform, the Shimano SLX DC Baitcasting Reels implement a one-of-a-kind digitally controlled braking system to put trouble free casting in the hands of more anglers than ever before. The SLX DC features the same compact palmable design and rigid frame as the original SLX, and is equipped with Shimano's I-DC4 Digital Control Braking system. This braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed and apply the precise amount of brake necessary to adequately slow the spool and prevent backlash. Anglers of all skill levels will be able to appreciate the ability to focus more on fishing and less on thumbing their spool to avoid tangles that can put their equipment out of commission. Anglers will find DC braking especially beneficial in tough casting conditions such as heavy winds or when skipping baits under docks and overhanging structure. Whether you're a novice baitcaster user looking for a more forgiving experience, or a seasoned veteran looking for the ultimate cast control, the SLX DC is here to make trouble free casting in any conditions a reality.

Shimano Technology Found In Shimano SLX DC Baitcasting Reels:

  • I-DC4 Braking - Intelligent Digital Control braking features an easy to use 4 setting external dial that can be easily adjusted on the water to provide optimal braking as conditions and lures change. This braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1,000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to itís stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An anglerís actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. Itís efficiency through strength.
  • Super Free Spool - SFS was designed to eliminate friction on the spool shaft during the cast. The pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing, which keeps the gear in perfect alignment with the spool shaft to eliminate friction for longer casts and smoother operation.
  • Shimano Stable Spool Design (S3D) - S3D Technology utilizes a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminum spool to significantly reduce spool vibration and increase smoothness when casting and retrieving.
5 Stars based on 8 reviews
By Michael
Los Angeles
Maybe not made for saltwater
May 13, 2020
i love this reel, very smooth cast and retrieve. I love the digital sound it makes when I cast. However I'm a saltwater angler and after 7 months of maybe once or twice a month fishing in salt, the spool bearing and pinion gear rusted. I always rinse off my reels with freshwater after fishing and dry it off. I don't recall ever dunking it. I didn't do any other maintenance however, now I will. I was able to clean the corrosion off the pinion gear, and i replaced the spool bearing with ceramic bearings, it's good as new now.
If you're thinking about this for saltwater, I think it's fine if you're willing to do regular maintenance.
Prossmooth retrieve, digital braking, cool sound.
ConsRequires maintenance if used for saltwater applications.
By marshall
lemont, IL
i wish i had more
May 4, 2020
one of best reel I have ever used
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
My friend is mad!
April 9, 2020
I love this reel. Smooth and easy to operate. My buddy lent me his for a weekend, and I haven‚€™t given it back. I hope he forgets about it!
ProsEasy to figure out, light
Great DC reel at a great price point
February 20, 2020
This reel is great! Even I can now cast directly into the wind without fear of a backlash. Fishing down here in south Louisiana the wind is also starting always blowing. I will be using this for inshore fishing so we will see how it holds up.
ProsEast to setup Smooth drag Smooth retrieve
ConsSound... some like it though
By stripersniper
Los Angeles, CA
Great performance at a great price. Super long casts!
February 16, 2020
I've held off spending more than $100 for a baitcaster for many years. I am so glad i waited! The casting distances i get with this reel is very impressive. It is light and also very smooth in all regards.
ProsLong distance effortless casting at a reasonable price, solidly built, very smooth in every way, a no nonsense DC real.
ConsLike all digital baitcasting reels, it does make a subtle high pitched "zinging" sound, but not louder than any others I've heard. I cant think of any complaints so far.
By Tj
Awesome reel
January 18, 2020
Great reel for the price range. I purchased the 8:5 gear ratio for flipping and pitching heavier hugs and bait.
By Erik
Holly Pond, AL
Awesome reel
January 11, 2020
Worked flawlessly. With DC no problems at all. Very smooth. Looking to purchase another one.
ProsSimple to use. Very smooth
By Bobby D.
West Virginia
So far so good
October 18, 2019
Used the last three times out. Performed excellent 1 with 12 pound florocarbin and the other with 20lb braid. No issues with either. Plan to purchase a couple more
Pros Min back lash always select the correct setting for what bait you are using
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