Shimano ST2500HGFK Stradic FK Spinning Reel

Shimano ST2500HGFK Stradic FK Spinning Reel

Price: $199.99
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6+18.320$199.99 USD

The Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reels were designed with technical inshore anglers in mind, who demand toughness and durability in their spinning reels. Building upon the revolutionary series of spinning reels that inshore and freshwater anglers alike have come to love with the Stradic series of spinning reels, the FK leverages Hagane gearing and body for the ultimate cranking power and unmatched rigidity on top of other top Shimano technologies such as X-Ship. Whether you are targeting striped bass in the northeast or redfish, speckled trout, snook and more in the southeast, you will find the perfectly sized Stradic FK Spinning Reel to match your application.

Shimano Technology Found In Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reels :
  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to it’s stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An angler’s actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. It’s efficiency through strength.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano’s A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing’s rotation.
  • Aero Wrap II - Utilizing a patented worm gear design, this two-speed oscillation system lays the line onto the spool in a X pattern that reduces line-on-line friction and helps to increase casting distance.
  • Aluminum Cold Forged Spool - Provides increased strength and durability over diecast aluminum or graphite spools.
  • Propulsion Line Management System - The most obvious component of this system is the Propulsion spool lip design, which has been proven through tens of thousands of casting tests and computer simulations to provide longer casts while preventing backlashes and wind knots.
  • Super Stopper - Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing to eliminate back-play in the reel and provide the angler with instant power when setting the hook.

Hagane Body: Metal reel body with high rigidity. The body stiffness and resistance virtually eliminates body flexing. The result transforms your actions directly into cranking power.
X-Ship: Provides greater power transmission efficiency through the use of large precision cut gears with increased bearing support
Aero Wrap II: is a worm gear oscillation system with specially designed pitch to create optimal oscillation speeds. This provides great uniform line lay to reduce loss of energy during the cast shape and thickness of the aluminum rotor creates high rigidity that results in more fish fihgting power. Increased mass of this rotor generates more inertia resulting in easier fishing of heavy jigs and high resistance lures
5 Stars based on 92 reviews
By Bobby
Burbank, California
A worthy reel to last a lifetime
May 3, 2022
I have been using this reel for over 5 years now. So, I have put this reel through its paces.
I use this reel for anything from surf perch to yellowtail/tuna/Durado up to 35lbs. The drag is exceptionally smooth on big fish with plenty of power. I've taken it beach fishing many times and have never dropped it in the sand but the reel has stayed very clean internally through all of it's trips. I have only oiled it after every 10+ trips and it feels smoother than the day I bought it. A fantastic reel that I know for a fact will last my life.
  • Smooth Drag
  • Powerful
  • Stays clean from beach and saltwater use
  • Very smooth action
  • Nice clicker sound
  • Needs bigger knob for bigger fish (20lbs+ fish) but this a preference.
By Joe
newark, de
October 5, 2020
its a awesome reel
By Brian
Chesapeake, VA
gold standard
April 13, 2020
It is the smoothest spinning reel I personally ever used. It seems almost friction free for the retrieve. It is super lightweight and fairly water resistant.
  • light, smooth,flashy, smooth drag
  • none
By Bernie
San Diego, Ca.
Largemouth bass, Peacock bass, payara and piranah
April 6, 2020
I am new to bass fishing, bought two of the 2500 for poppers and jerk baits for a 3 day fishing trip to mexico, El Salto lake, caught over 100 fish on one reel up to six pounds, Lightweight, great drag and very smooth. Then took reels to Colombia fishing for peakock bass, payara and piranah. The guide told me the reel looked to small. Over the course of five days fishing caught up to 30 peacock bass up to 15 lbs, reel worked flawlessly! Plenty of drag to keep the bass from going in the shallows or wrapping around underground tree branches. Biggest Payara was 15lbs, and again, the reel stopped the fish from getting into the current and swimming off. I just could not believe how such a small, lightweight reel performed! Also, I used max quatro 30 lb for largemouth bass and 65lb for peacock's. Got almost 100 yards on the spool, which was plenty! Rather than change out the line, I ordered extra spools from Shimano and delivered next day for free!
  • Great reel, pricey, but you get what you pay for!
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Amazing Feel
March 20, 2020
Light and powerful, amazing capability
By Van
Love this reel
February 3, 2020
I have a bunch of FK Stradics and they are the best reel you can buy for under $200 if you can still find them. They are very light, have decent line capacity and are very smooth. As you can see from the 5k has a different handle. I am not sure if I like it more then the handles on smaller reels. The other handles are comfortable. So if you're considering a 4k or a 5k that and the line capacity are the biggest differences.
  • The FKs are getting harder and harder to find.
By christian
Islip, NY
Go to spinner
November 18, 2019
Use this for almost all of my inshore species. Fluke, sea bass, blues, stripers. The 4000 puts out a surprisingly high amount of drag
  • Quality. Drag
  • None
By Russell S.
too small of spool
November 11, 2019
I wished I had read specs before I purchased it as i need a larger spool.
By Tom
Bad luck with this Reel
October 23, 2019
Bad luck with this reel, bring out for offshore trying after receiving this new Stradic C5000XG-K, it was very difficult to reel with little seabass and scup. The worst reel I has bought so far, Maybe just bad luck with a factory defect reel.
By Rick
Pittsfield, MA
Very smooth,great drag
October 22, 2019
very smooth, long casting reel. has a great drag and for a small reel can handle a ton of 20lb braid
  • lightweight, very compact, great drag
  • hear a slight clicking in the reel while retrieving sometimes, does not effect operation though
By Stuart
Daphne, AL
Solid inshore reel
September 19, 2019
Big things come in small packages - the 2500 size holds true to that saying. I've used the Stradic 2500 to catch just about all inshore fish, and does a jam up job. Light weight, smooth drag, and bullet proof...what more could you want?
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth drag
By Corey
God's country, Michigan
Awesome reel....
September 11, 2019
These reels are pretty darn awesome... relatively light and very smooth. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because the bail on mine feels a little weak/loose. Not sure if it's just mine.or if it's normal. But either way it was able to handle a 35 inch pike, with no problems.
  • Smooth reeling
  • Awesome drag
  • Relatively light weight
  • Loose bail
By ChobeeBassChaser
Stradics ROCK :) Best value for your $
September 10, 2019
Been using Shimano Stradic probably 15 plus years. Take good care of them saltwater use maintenance them annually. Replace them out every 5 years or so never a problem
  • Durable, good saltwater protection, Great Value and quality for your dollars
  • Got no cons for it awesome reels
By HankNyNj
Great strong freshwater reel (maybe light weight TOG reel)
August 30, 2019
I bought as a reel to fish the local lake - works great - I"m going to try as a light takle TOG reel in the fall
  • smooth drag
  • looks great
  • none
By Lester
Allentown, PA
July 14, 2019
They've been around for a while for a reason. Because they are awesome. Been using them for years. This year caught my biggest fish to date with a Stradic, a 47 lb striper. Super light and super powerful. Awesome reels
  • Super light, smooth drag ,powerful, power handle on the 5000's is really nice
  • Wish the 4000's would come with the power handle also or at least a smaller version of the 5000 power handle.
1 Question & 1 Answer
Bruce E. Chapin
from Orlando,fl asked:
June 17, 2019
What does FK stand for?  I hope to get an answer while the sale is still on!
1 Answer
Hello, FK is just a model number. 
Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on June 18, 2019


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