Shimano ST5000XGFK Stradic FK Spinning Reel

Shimano ST5000XGFK Stradic FK Spinning Reel

Price: $229.99
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Gear RatioMono
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6+111.320$229.99 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.
24 Questions & 25 Answers
from Chester, New York asked:
June 22, 2019
I've just bought from TackleDirect Shimano ST2500 and 5000 and on both reels metal plate on the back is loose. Never had loose part on my reels before. Is it normal?
1 Answer
Hello, please email us at to resolve this issue 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

from Texas asked:
June 20, 2019
Is the spool braid ready, or do I need to back it with mono?
1 Answer
You would need a backing as this reel is not braid ready. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

from Saudi Arabia asked:
May 4, 2019
Do you have a service kit for the line bearing and other serviceable items on this reel.
1 Answer
We don't have a service kit for this reel 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

from Fl asked:
August 30, 2018
Does it come with Warrenty?
1 Answer
Comes with a one year warranty
Submitted by: Bernie on August 30, 2018

Frederick Taylor
from New Jersey asked:
March 19, 2021
Could  it be used  as left  and  right  hand reel 
1 Answer
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on March 22, 2021

Howard Chien
from CALIFORNIA asked:
October 11, 2018
Does the drag adjustment knob have a rubber seal on the underside?
1 Answer
Yes, they have a rubber seal on the underside.
Submitted by: Ricky on October 12, 2018

No Excuses
from Miami, Fl asked:
August 9, 2018
Does this reel come with 2 spools
1 Answer
This reel only comes with one spool.
Submitted by: Tyler on August 13, 2018

from Destin, FL asked:
March 2, 2018
Can you replace the egg power knob on the stratic C5000 FK with a lower profile 'standard' knob (like the other stratic models have)?
1 Answer
According to Shimano the 5000 FK model's power knob can not be replaced with the standard knob.
Submitted by: Donald on March 6, 2018

from Oceanside, CA asked:
February 11, 2017
Could this reel be paired with a St. Croix 7'6" mojo inshore 15-30#, fishing for 15-25 lbs yellowtails in Baja? If so would you recommend spooling with 30# braid and 20# top shot?
1 Answer
This sounds like a great setup for your target species so long as you aren't using heavy sinkers and bait. If you are you may want to look into a heavier rod.
Submitted by: Devon on February 13, 2017

Joe Mackintosh
from Asotin Washington asked:
January 16, 2017
I am thinking of paring up a Ugly Stik® Elite Salmon/Steelhead Cast 9' EH rod with either the Stradic FK4000 or 5000, which reel would you recommend? what are your thoughts of this combo? I will fishing the Kenai this summer for kings from the bank.
1 Answer
The Stradic FK5000 would be a good fit with the Ugly Stik® Elite Salmon/Steelhead Cast 9' EH rod.
Submitted by: Donald on January 17, 2017

from Abington, PA asked:
December 31, 2016
Hi guys, I'm trying to put together a combo for throwing metal for Spanish on the OBX. The stradic 5k was my first thought for a reel, but I'd like a recommendation for a rod to match it with. Thinking 9', as light as possible that will throw 2oz with 10lb. mono. Not looking to break the bank. Maybe an Airwave? Thanks
1 Answer
The Tsunami TSAWSS-902MH Airwaves Surf Spinning Rod or the Daiwa EMP902MFS Emblem Surf Spinning Rod would match up well with the Stradic 5000 FK for throwing metal around the 2 oz range.
Submitted by: Donald on January 4, 2017

from Melbourne, FL asked:
December 27, 2016
is the real have a metal body like the newer penn reals
1 Answer
The Shimano ST5000XGFK Stradic FK Spinning Reel does have an aluminum body similar to the newer Penn reels.
Submitted by: Donald on December 30, 2016

from KSA asked:
December 16, 2016
Wich made jaban only or there are other exporters
1 Answer
The Shimano FK is manufactured in Malaysia.
Submitted by: Donald on December 16, 2016

from Florida asked:
November 15, 2016
Is this reel watertight?
1 Answer
Alex, Hello this reel is not a sealed reel.
Submitted by: Tyler on November 15, 2016

Andreas Polychronopoulos
from Greece,Patra asked:
September 21, 2016
Is this reel a good match for Shimano Trevala rod : TVS66M ? I am planning to use it for vertical jigging and silicone lures in depths from 20-100 meter .
1 Answer
I would recommend only using that reel for fishing up to 50 meters. Depending on what pound test you are using, you might not have enough line fishing in 100 meters of water. If you use 20 lb braid you will be find at that depth.
Submitted by: Donald on September 21, 2016

from Sarasota FL asked:
August 19, 2016
I do a lot fishing in weeds and flats in FL for trout reds etc. Is thST5000XGFK Stradic light enough for constant casting? What is the weight
1 Answer
The weight of this reel is 11.3 oz and it is light enough to use for constant casting.
Submitted by: Donald on August 20, 2016

from New Jersey asked:
March 7, 2016
I'm looking to buy a St. Croix tidemaster 7'6 1/2-1 1/4. would the 5000 be a good match up for this rod or will it be too big. Ill be using it for light bucktails for fluke and stripers, and casting tins for albies and bonita. I will most likely be using 20# powerpro
1 Answer
The shimano 5000fk will be a perfect reel for that rod for what you would like to do with it.
Submitted by: Tyler on March 8, 2016

from Wrightsville Beach NC asked:
October 5, 2015
I'm interested in the Shimano ST5000XGFK for saltwater fishing such as for mahi mahi. Is it suitable for that? Also any guess as to when it will be available? What would be a good rod to pair with it? Thanks, Dan
1 Answer
If you were going to be using the reel for exclusively small mahi, it would work. Even then the reel might be a bit too small. If you are just pitching lures/bait to dolphin at places like crab pots, I would recommend the Shimano Saragosa in the 5000 or 6000 size. As far as a rod goes, a 7ft inshore rod with a heavy rating would work well. The reel is currently available, and we do have it in stock.
Submitted by: David on October 6, 2015

from new York brookLyn asked:
August 16, 2015
Reel made in Japan or Malaysia
1 Answer
Hello Chin. These reels are made in Malaysia.
Submitted by: Brandon on August 20, 2015

rolando martinez
from san diego asked:
August 1, 2015
what is the maximum drag?
1 Answer
The maximum drag on this reel is 20lbs.
Submitted by: David on August 3, 2015

from Lancaster, PA asked:
July 30, 2015
Does this model have the small egg handle like the 5000fj?
1 Answer
This reel does have the small egg handle in the 5000 size.
Submitted by: David on August 6, 2015

son nguyen
from atlantic city, nj asked:
July 22, 2015
is this better than c14+
1 Answer
Both reels are nice, the FK is brand new and only time will tell which reel has the edge.
Submitted by: David on July 22, 2015

Stanley Vizcarrondo
from Paterson,New Jersey asked:
July 21, 2015
is this reel for saltwater fishing,sorry I am new at fishing and is it good for blues?
1 Answer
This reel would work fine for saltwater fishing and bluefish.
Submitted by: David on July 22, 2015

luis vargas
from Mckinlleyville, CA asked:
July 16, 2015
What is the Max drag on this model?
2 Answers
According to the Shimano website, the max drag on this reel is 24lbs.
Submitted by: David on July 17, 2015
can you switch handle for lefty? Yes Rolando you can.
Submitted by: rolando martinez on August 1, 2015 from san diego


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