Shimano Spheros SW Offshore Spinning Reels

Shimano Spheros SW Offshore Spinning Reels

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Max DragSA-RB Ball BearingsRoller BearingsGear RatioWeightPrice
22414.6:116oz$199.99 USD
22414.6:119oz$199.99 USD
27414.8:124.7oz$219.99 USD
27414.9:125.2oz$219.99 USD
41414.4:132.8oz$259.99 USD
The Shimano Spheros SW Spinning Reels offer more to the angler with the new Shimano SW concept features. These reels come in sizes for off the beach, inshore action, as well as blue water use.

  • 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
Iíve used the spheros 6000 extensively, itís 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 itís as smooth as the day I bought it.

This is a saragosa, with one less bearing that has no impact on power or durability. Itís the exact same reel as a gosa. The larger 20000 model has two fewer bearings than the gosa 20000/25000 so if youíre going for large BFT probably go with a gosa. But otherwise the spheros is the reel deal, canít 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 wonít 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 whoís 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
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20 Questions & 20 Answers
from Matlacha, Florida asked:
June 19, 2019
I have a St. Croix Avid Inshore 7' MHF, would the 5000 or 6000 be a good match for that rod? Or should I look at a different reel? Mostly inshore snook, with the possibility of cobia or small tarpon. Thanks!   
1 Answer
The 5000 would be a good pairing for the avid inshore 7 foot mh†
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

from Melbourne Beach, FL asked:
November 9, 2017
Is the bail auto or manual close on the 5000?
1 Answer
Hello Glenn, That is a manually closing bail.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 10, 2017

Reel Person
from Los Angeles California asked:
December 20, 2021
Is this reel still available or is it discontinued?†
1 Answer

The Spheros sw reels are discontinued. They have been replaced by the the Spheros SW A 2021 models.

Submitted by: Bernie - TackleDirect Customer Service on December 21, 2021

from Karmiel, No asked:
December 23, 2020

Is it original export version 2014 or a JDM (Japan Domestic Market) version of the Spheros SW that had lower grade gearing and lesser construction?


1 Answer
This reel model in particular is the original 2014 production model
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on December 23, 2020

Steve Dupree
from Macon,GA. asked:
April 18, 2020
Iím interested in matching a Spheros on a 10 ft St Croix Surf Rod. I use 20-30 lb braid. Which size Spheros do you suggest?
1 Answer
We would recommend the 6000 if you will be using 30lb braid max. If stepping up to 40 or 50, jump up to the 8000.
Submitted by: Brian on April 20, 2020

Cal Cal
from California asked:
March 3, 2020
Will Spheros 20000 reel work with Okuma Nomad travel rod M - Mh model and 65 lb braid for jigging and casting some 4 oz poppers.
1 Answer
20000 would be on the heavy side, 8000 or 10000 would match up the best with that travel rod.†
Submitted by: Brian on March 13, 2020

from Cape Coral, Florida. 33914 asked:
December 28, 2019

      While trying to take off spool because of string around my bail, the gear mechanism bounced over board and I am having a hard time finding parts for this reel. Where can I get this particular part?

1 Answer
Hello, This part can be purchased from Shimano direct. Please give them a call 1-877-577-0600
Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on January 2, 2020

from Hawaii asked:
November 25, 2019
Is it possible to swap the Spheros 6000 sw spool for the 8000 spool? I would like to upgrade the line capacity on a Spheros 6000 sw.
1 Answer
You can not upgrade a 6000 size spool to 8000 size.†
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on November 25, 2019

from New England asked:
April 30, 2018
What size would you recommend for 8' HF St. Croix Tidemaster, for jetty/beach in northeast?
1 Answer
I'd suggest a 5000 size Spheros spooled with 30 lb braid.
Submitted by: Devon on May 1, 2018

from Florida asked:
February 1, 2018
Is there anyway you can put the 8000 and 10000 reel next to each other ? I want to see if the body size is different ?
1 Answer
Unfortunately we do not list side by side images to compare body sizes. I can assure you that the sizes of the body of each reel your inquiring about are very similar. The key difference is spool size. That would be the 1/2 oz difference in weight between the 8000 and 10000 size reels.
Submitted by: Donald on February 2, 2018

from Miami, Florida asked:
April 24, 2017
What are the mono capacities for the 10000 and 20000 sizes?
1 Answer
The 10000 size reel 12/500, 16/320, 20/220 mono and size 20000 reel 20/460, 25/380, 30/320.
Submitted by: Donald on April 25, 2017

from Long Island NY asked:
July 6, 2015
Why doesnt the Shimano Spheros have a switch for reverse ?
1 Answer
Some manufacturers choose to make their reels this way.
Submitted by: David on July 7, 2015

from California asked:
June 29, 2015
What size would pair best with a 10' 6" Mojo?
1 Answer
I would recommend the 6000 size for a 10'6" rod.
Submitted by: David on June 30, 2015

from Mackay Australia asked:
February 23, 2015
Hi, can I get this with a right hand handle cheers. Regards Rob,
1 Answer
Rob, this reel is capable of both hand retrieve, all you have to do is screw the handle in on the desired side.
Submitted by: Frank on March 5, 2015

from Phila. Pa. asked:
February 12, 2015
Are the 5000 and 6000 the same size body with the 6000 having a bigger spool or is the 6000 body bigger than the 5000?
1 Answer
These reels share the same body. The spool on the 6000 size is milled deeper to hold more line. -Paul
Submitted by: Paul on February 16, 2015

from Jakarta Indonesia asked:
February 4, 2015
How many ballbearing this Spheros 20000 SW ?
1 Answer
Hello Vincent. The Spheros SW20000 has 4 stainless steel ball bearings and 1 additional roller bearing. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions!
Submitted by: Brandon on February 6, 2015

from Staten Island, NY asked:
August 31, 2014
Looking to fish SP 20000 SW with #65 braid on a west coast long range (10 day) Looking to cast poppers and jigs for tuna/yellowtail. What 6' to 7' foot spinning rod would you suggest go with this reel. Fish could be from 60 to 80 lbs. Thanks
1 Answer
We suggest the Shimano Terez spinning rod in either medium-heavy or heavy.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 1, 2014

from bahrain asked:
August 4, 2014
This Shimano product made in Malaysia or Japan?
1 Answer
It is made in Malaysia.
Submitted by: Customer Service on August 4, 2014

rob pochesci
from 06405 asked:
July 8, 2014
can be bailless
1 Answer
No. This reel is not offered in a bailless model. We are not aware of any conversion kits for it either.
Submitted by: Customer Service on July 8, 2014

from Fort Worth, Texas asked:
June 21, 2014
Is the retrieve left only, or is it right or left?
1 Answer
The retrieve is adjustable, left or right.
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 23, 2014


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