Shimano SP8000SW Spheros SW offshore Spinning Reel

Shimano SP8000SW Spheros SW offshore Spinning Reel

Price: $219.99
TD Code
PowerPro Line
(# Test/yd)
Max DragSA-RB Ball BearingsRoller BearingsGear RatioWeightPrice
27414.8:124.7oz$219.99 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 28 reviews
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.
ProsGreat reel that isn't terribly expensive. Very durable on the beach.
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!
ProsAffordable! 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.
ProsSmooth, 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.
ConsI 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.
Prossolid ar clutch - smooth
Conswobbles - 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
By Juan
San Andr?©s island, Colombia.
Light and smooth!.
April 16, 2017
This reel is light and smooth. Not too much drag but enough for great captures.
By Ben
West Palm Beach, FL
Good reel
October 12, 2016
Smooth reel, we will see how long it lasts though.
By Jon
eastern shore, Md.
Great quality!
June 30, 2016
Have yet to put this reel (10000) against a good test, so far only 3-4 ft. sharks. Reel is smooth and the drag is serious.
Prosline capacity
Consnone found yet
By max
Redding, CT
Good reel
March 1, 2016
i was able to use this reel on a charter kayak trip. Its a pretty good buy. Strong and durable reel and Shimano really improved it from the last version. Not as smooth as the saragossa though.(much cheaper)
Prosdurable and lightweight, strong
By Mark
Enterprise, AL
Best Value for a quality Spinning Reel
January 4, 2016
A great value in the offshore spinning reel market.
Proslight weight Great drag
ConsNone so far.
7 Questions & 7 Answers
from Jersey Shore, NJ asked:
December 23, 2018
Would the Shimano SP8000SW Spheros match well with a St. Croix Avid 11' (AVSS110MHF2)? If not, what would you suggest? Thank you!
1 Answers
If you're just using it for heavy cut bait then it would be fine if you're looking for something lighter I would suggest the Shimano Ultegra surf reel.
on December 24, 2018

from California asked:
September 26, 2018
I just got a spheros 8000HG I was wondering about the smoothness on the spheros.. do they sound a little rough or is there something wrong with mine?
1 Answers
If you could please send us a video of the described roughness of your reel to
on September 27, 2018

from Hawaii asked:
November 19, 2016
Looking for the right reel to pair up with an 11' H Shimano Tiralejo rod. Can't decide if a shimano spheros 8000 sw would be better than a shimano saragosa 8000 sw. Applications will be dunking and plugging top water lures. Any suggestion in which reel would be better for those two applications?.
1 Answers
The Shimano Saragosa 8000 would be a better fit for those two applications.
on November 23, 2016

Raiyan Farook
from Boynton Beach, Florida asked:
August 12, 2016
which reel am i better off getting, the spheros 8000 of the penn spinfisher 6500?
1 Answers
The Shimano Spheros is more durable for your saltwater fishing experience.
on August 13, 2016

from Old Saybrook, CT asked:
January 5, 2015
No, I'm referring to the Shimano Spheros SW reels, but the PG and HG reels = are only made in Japan. Could you tell me the difference between the reels?
1 Answers
No. We do not have information on Japanese models. However, if the ratings are the same, the HG would be a faster retrieve.
Customer Service
on January 6, 2015

from Old Saybroo, Connecticut asked:
January 2, 2015
I've researched the Shimano SW reels and they come in Standard retrieve, PG retrieve, and HG retrieve. Is there a noticeable difference in speed when I crank the handle when retreiving? Would it take longer to reel in a fish with a PG or an HG? And, would how much of a difference would a PG handle pulling in a fish over an HG?
1 Answers
First, I believe you are asking about the Stella and not the Spheros, right? Yes there is a noticeable difference in the retrieve rate of the reel. How much difference depends a lot on the size of the reel.
Customer Service
on January 5, 2015

from RI asked:
September 18, 2014
if I'm targeting Yellowfin tuna up to 100lbs what braided line and topshot would i use, was thinking 50 braid and 80 mono/flouro? I've already purchased the sw8000 and the Shimano Terez heavy action Rod
1 Answers
Hello Tim, It all depends on the technique you will be using to try and catch the tuna. What exact technique will you be using?
Customer Service
on September 19, 2014


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