Shimano SP5000SW Spheros SW Offshore Spinning Reel

Shimano SP5000SW Spheros SW Offshore Spinning Reel

Price: $199.99
TD Code
PowerPro Line
(# Test/yd)
Max DragSA-RB Ball BearingsRoller BearingsGear RatioWeightPrice
22414.6:116oz$199.99 USD
The Shimano Spheros SW Spinning Reels offer more to the angler with the new Shimano SW concept features.

  • X-Ship: X-Ship provides improved gear durability. By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear maintains precise alignment with the drive gear. This means the gears will stay in the same position under the heaviest loads. The added benefit is that friction between the spool shaft and gear is eliminated, enhancing the casting performance with lighter lures, and allowing for longer casts.
  • X-Shield: By providing dependable sealing structures and gaskets at necessary points throughout the reel, X-SHIELD is able to block water intrusion. This protection provides high reliability and durability when SPHEROS SW is used in extreme fishing conditions.
  • Shimano CF Gear: To deliver the toughness and performance level required by saltwater anglers, Shimano utilizes their cold forging technology to deliver a gear with incredible structural strength that provides the best protection against abrasion and damage.
4.5 Stars based on 33 reviews
By wayne
Cardiff, CA
Great reel, with one annoying shortcoming
June 17, 2022
I bought this reel mainly because I do a lot of local fishing from my surfboard, and I wanted a reel that would have better water resistance than previous (cheaper) reels I've owned. So far, so good. After about a dozen outings, with the reel getting plenty soaked, though not ever fully submerged, it still feels smooth.
My one gripe (and I've read this from other reviewers) is the lack of a line retainer clip. It just makes no sense to me that Shimano would not include this simple and convenient feature. I'd happily pay an extra $5-$10 (most likely would cost less than that for Shimano) to have it.
Everything else about this reel seems well made, and am glad I purchased it.
  • Solid construction.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Good (not too fast) gear ratio.
  • No line retainer clip.
By Michael
Norfolk, VA
She's a tank
January 21, 2022
Heavy, but that comes with getting a big ole' offshore reel. Super smooth like you'd expect from a Shimano. Very happy with mine so far.
  • Smoothness. Reliability. Good price for what you're getting.
  • Weight.
By Greg
Great value
February 9, 2021
You can pay more for higher model shimanos but this reel stacks up with them no problem!
By Will
A True Workhorse
February 8, 2021
This is a powerful reel with low gear ratio and Hagene body/gearing. I mainly use it as a winching reel for shallow water rockcod off SoCal coast, and it works better than any spinning reel I've owned. It does not exhibit any body flex under heavy load at all. With 50lb braid I could bring up 15lb ling cod easily. Highly recommended.
  • Zero flex under load.
By Anonymous
Scituate, MA
Exceptional Reel - Spheros 6000
December 14, 2020
I’ve used the spheros 6000 extensively, it’s been completely submerged multiple times in surf, heavily jigged, and also used on my canal rod. I rinse after use amd almost two years later it’s as smooth as the day I bought it.

This is a saragosa, with one less bearing that has no impact on power or durability. It’s the exact same reel as a gosa. The larger 20000 model has two fewer bearings than the gosa 20000/25000 so if you’re going for large BFT probably go with a gosa. But otherwise the spheros is the reel deal, can’t say enough good things. I have a lot of reels and this is my go to, because it actually feels more sturdy and solid than my gosa 6000. Not sure why, but buy the spheros, you won’t be disappointed.
By Andrew
Philadelphia, PA
Awesome All Around
May 17, 2020
I use this mainly for surf and jetty fishing in NJ and it has proven to be extremely well made and durable. No problems to report whatsoever.
  • Great reel that isn't terribly expensive. Very durable on the beach.
  • n/a
By Vince
Austin, TX
So good I bought 2!
March 12, 2020
I bought the Gosa first, and after reading some online reviews, I purchased a 10000 Spheros, and then a 8000 because it was so good. The only difference between the Gosa and the Spheros is a bearing and the finish! I took the 10000 out on a tuna trip out of Galveston and it handles chunky football blackfin no problem, and horsed in a nice 70lb yellowfin as well. Still super smooth, still great drag as the Saragosa, but at a cheaper price. Highly recommended!
  • Affordable!
  • Smooth drag
  • Nice power when reeling fish in
By Van
If you like the Saragosa consider this reel
January 13, 2020
The Spheros is a great saltwater reel that is a step down but similar to the Saragosa. But if you need to save money the 5k Spheros is almost $70 cheaper than the 5k 'gosa.
By Tucker B.
Murrles inlet SC
Fish killer
December 11, 2019
Hey guy and gals. Gonna leave my review for my Spheros SW 8000. I have had mine for about a year a half, and have used it for every thing from bait and chunking 40lb redfish to pitch baiting mahi in the gulf. I can say that this is one tough son of a gun. If you are looking for an all around do all heavy reel this is it, pitch bait, big mutton, poppers, vertical jigging, etc, this is your reel. I have a couple Saragosas 6000 and 10000, these are great reels for specific tasks, but the lower gear ratio really makes the spheros an all duty reel. The lower price tag is nice as well, compared to the 250-300 I paid for the gosas. If you are specifically looking for a pitch bait or vertical jigging tee check out gosas. Hope this helps anyone who’s looking for this info. Keep on fishing.
  • Smooth, and stays that way as long as you don?t beat it to bad.
  • Durable.
  • Sealed well.
  • Good line lay.
  • Excellent even drag pressure on big fish.
  • Overall great reel for the money.
  • I had to put a little grease in mine when I got it but other than that none.
By Blake
Wilmington, NC
Great Reel
February 13, 2019
This reel is one of my favorite. I plan on using it for bull Reds and cobia this summer. I Can't wait to try it out.
By Captain H.
Stuart, FL
Tough enough to tame Florida's most sought after gamefish
November 9, 2018
What I love about these reels is their durability, line capacity and drag system. I fish these reels on G. Loomis E6X rods and 30 pound Power Pro braided line, and use them for everything from tarpon, big snook and big permit to sailfish, cobia and dolphin. They are an all-purpose reel that will put the beat down on tough gamefish. The manual bail is nice in that it prevents wind knots in the braided line. I mostly use the 6000 series, but also the 8000's, and there's only the rare occasion that I have to chase fish. The line capacity is outstanding, the drag system, even after two or three years of daily use is smooth as can be. I do maintenance on these reels once a year and they've held up and are still in use today, which is more than I can say for any other reels I've owned. Simply put, when you buy this reel, if you take care of it, it will provide a lifetime of fishing memories.
By Stefan
Outer banks
Solid reel
July 24, 2018
I've owned this reel for one year and love it. Felt like a had to do a reveiw on it after landing a keeper cobia off the pier, I felt in control the whole fight and was impressed with the cranking power. Great reel for the money.
By Brian
Portsmouth, NH
disappointed after all the good reviews online
May 29, 2018
this reel wobbles right out of the box. Reading on one of the striped bass sites I see others have faced the same issue. I am going to return it if possible.
  • solid ar clutch - smooth
  • wobbles - 5k has very small spool for a 5k reel size. I would have gotten the 6k if I realized how small it was.
By Domingos V.
Luanda, Angola
Very nice tackle
December 11, 2017
I use the 20000 with Terez rod and recommend it, very good and strong ... I already fished big fish with it ...
By jason
April 27, 2017
6000 is perfect for a 50lb jigging rel. great drag
  • $$
6 Questions & 6 Answers
Rob. T
from Hyannis, Ma asked:
February 5, 2018
What size Spheros would you recommend for a 9' 6' to 10'6" Tsunami Airwave Elite or TFO GIS Surf that will be used for beach fishing throwing 1-4 oz plugs, SP minnows, darters, poppers, etc?
1 Answers
The 9'6'' model would match well with the 5000 and the 10'6'' model would match best with the 6000 size reel.
on February 6, 2018

Tom Borkowski
from Manahawkin, Nj asked:
March 14, 2017
Could you recommend a couple rods to match the spheros SW5000, I like fishing as lite as possible from a boat. Tia Tom Borkowski
1 Answers
the Shimano teerz Spinning rods would be a great match to pair with the Shimnao Spheros to make the combo as light as possible. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
on March 16, 2017

from South Caroilia Bo! asked:
December 13, 2016
I have an 8 ft ugly stick 20-25lb class rod that I use for surf fishing. I was looking to pair a shimano spheres reel with. I see the difference in weight for the 5000 and 6000 size reel is just a couple of ounces. Is the 6000 reel going to be to big. I like the fact it has better line capacity or should I roll with the 5000. I primarily use this rod for whiting, blues,trout,black drum and reds. I do have a few 9ft heavier rods that I cast out further, and fish the 8 ft rods closer to shore for bait fish and it needs capability to reel in up to 40 inch reds. Thanks.
1 Answers
The Shimano SP6000SW Spheros SW Offshore Spinning Reel would not be to heavy for the 8ft Ugly Stick. The setup would work good for blues, sea trout, small drum and reds.
on December 13, 2016

from northeast asked:
October 2, 2015
would the 6000 spool fit if i wanted an extra spool ?
1 Answers
I just went and tried it on. They do have the same body, so the 6000 size spool does fit on the 5000 size reel.
on October 2, 2015

from Louisiana asked:
June 12, 2015
Will this work with 6' RSJ6050 Crowder rod?
1 Answers
Hello Rohanah. Yes, this reel will work just fine with that Crowder rod. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
on June 14, 2015

from israel asked:
February 12, 2015
How will this be on the 8' St croix triumph surf rod.
1 Answers
Alon, This would be an excellent size reel for a 8 foot Triumph Surf. It will be a very sturdy combo and easy to throw all day long.
on February 12, 2015


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