Shimano Stella SWB Saltwater Spinning Reels

Shimano Stella SWB Saltwater Spinning Reels

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Shimano announces its new showcase spinning reel series – the Stella SW, offered in sizes and construction features to handle nearly any game fish found in the world’s oceans The 12 models include the STL-SW5000XG, 5000HG, 6000HG, 6000PG, 8000HG, 8000PG, 10000PG, the ‘Cape Cod Canal jigging special 14000XG, 18000HG, 20000PG, and a true spinning reel built to tackle Bluefin tuna – the STL-SW30000. Shimano’s SW-X Concept brings together power, rigidity, toughness, drag performance and water resistance, focusing on retrieving power, strength and durability.

  • X-Tough Drag, with its dramatically enhanced smoothness, control and toughness anticipates the vigorous speed of Blue-Fin Tuna and Giant Tuna
  • X-SHIP enhances power transmission through the gear. This results in increased cranking power with extremely smooth feel
  • X-Shield and X-Protect combine to provide extreme water resistance in the harshest conditions
  • The Power Aluminum Body, X-Rigid Rotor, X-Rigid Body and X-Rigid Handle combine to provide ultimate rigidity & eliminate loss of power caused by reel flex
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller IV Oversized Roller with Overflange for the Ultimate in Line Protection, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Septon Handle Grip - On models 10,000 and up
  • Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In Handle Attachment)
  • Approved for saltwater use & Rated for use with PowerPro, Fluorocarbon and Mono lines
  • Aero Wrap II Oscillation
  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement with Low Wear Rate Pinion Gear
  • Cold Forged Aluminum Spool: Proprietary Coating on Spool Lip is harder than a Ti coated Stainless Steel Spool Lip, Ceramic Coating on entire spool for extreme corrosion resistance
  • Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Coating on Line Roller
  • S A-RB Bearings (Shielded A-RB
  • Super Stopper II
  • Stopperless Design (No Anti-Reverse Switch
  • Fluidrive II & Dyna-Balance
5 Stars based on 59 reviews
By Eddy
Waxhaw, NC
Love it!
June 13, 2021
I know is top of the line, but it behaves like top of the line! I will buy some more soon again and again. Best all around reel for anything and everything in my opinion.
  • Smooth and dependable, best reel I ever owned.
  • None
By Kevin
Bayamon, PR
Best of the Best
May 16, 2020
Legendary reel, smoothness second to none, and pleasant to fish with.
By Richard
Myrtle Beach, SC
awesome reel
May 4, 2020
Smooth as butter. Love the way it feels. Simply incredible to fish with.
By vang
sacramento, CA
top end reel
April 7, 2020
have this reel over a month now and been using it for sturgeon I can say that this reel really holds up. one of the best reels I've ever used, you won't regret it after you use it.
  • well balanced, super tight water proof, and great drag system
  • none
By Greg
Eden, UT
Not the Bulky Beast I Expected
April 1, 2020
Bought this because of the sale but expected it to be a heavy bulky beast. Come to find out it balances on my popping rod quite nicely and doesn't seem that heavy. It ergonomically much nicer than my Penn Torque 9s. Can't wait to start poppin'
By Matt
Beast of a reel
March 13, 2020
Excellent quality, this thing is probably the biggest. Spinning reel made. Will be a first for me to land a marlin on spinning gear.
  • Price
  • Quality
  • Size
By Han
Los angeles, california
Awesome power
March 12, 2020
Havent caught tuna on it yet.
But pulling on powerful California yellowtail was smooth as it can get.
Did not fall behind my ususal go to Avet conventional reel.
Cant wait to get my 1st decent size Tuna this october on my 8 day trip.
  • Smooth drag and powerful !!!
  • None so far.
By Han
Los Angles, CA
Great reel.
March 10, 2020
I am usually conventional reel guy in west coast. Wasnt sure about spinning reel. But contrary to my initial bias, it had more than ebough stopping power for yellowtail and smooth drag all the way through.
Very impressed.
Given less hassel of casting and with better casting distance with my older version of terez, i would highly recommend this reel.
  • Easy casting and amazing smoothness
  • None so far
By Ribton
Palm Springs, CA
Watch out Blue Fin!
March 9, 2020
The line capacity is amazing. I have paired this baby with a Super Seeker 7ft. and this combo is deadly. This reel is worth every penny!
By Ribton
Palm Springs, CA
Awesome reel!
March 9, 2020
I already had the 30000, so when I saw the sale, I could not pass up the savings. Very smooth drag was thankful for the little extras that come with the reel. Has to be one of my best buys. Fun little reel!
By Ronnie
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Solid reel
March 3, 2020
Already have 2 Spinfisher V 10500’s and one 9500. They’re built like tanks and very reliable but definitely heavy. I ended up getting a Stella 30000 and it’s a quite a bit lighter than the penns. So far I’ve used it a couple times and it gets smoother and smoother the more I use it. So far a 80+ lb amberjack and it never broke a sweat.
By Jeffery G.
Mandeville LA
Best in Class!!!
January 23, 2020
I paired this reel with a Terez 7’2” and it became my go to rod went fishing for tuna with a live blue runner.
By Jorge f.
215 Manchester New Hampshire
Shimano Stella
January 16, 2020
Shimano Stella the best reel that I’ve ever owned tough as nails incredible smooth drag
  • Durable great drag
By Juan D.
Very Smooth and powerful
January 16, 2020
Great pieces of gear to add to my fishing arsenal.
By Eric
Great quality!
January 15, 2020
Feels as it should, super smooth. Can’t wait to use it on bft!
28 Questions & 28 Answers
Michael Campbell
from Philadelphia asked:
December 26, 2019
Does the 5000swbxg have a  manual bail?
1 Answer
The Stella 5000swbxg has a manual bail. 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 31, 2019

john vaughan
from New York, New York asked:
September 1, 2019
I purchased a Stella SW4000XGB about a year ago  On about my 4th time I used it, surf fishing for redfish the drag froze up.  I lost a nice fish when it happened.  I sent it back to the warranty shop for repair.  They said I needed a new drag knob but that I would had an Asian model and would have to go to Japan for this part.  As you can imagine I'm pretty upset after paying top dollar for a saltwater reel that breaks faster than anything and I get the run around on warranty support.  Can you help me???

1 Answer
Hello John, JDM parts are hard to find in the states. They aren't impossible to find but it does look like ebay does have the drag knob for a jdm 4000 stella. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on September 2, 2019

from Houston, Texas asked:
May 18, 2019
What factors into decision on what gear ratio would be more preferable.  Trying to decide between 18000 and 20000.

1 Answer
Factors such as what you're fishing for and how you're fishing plays a huge role in which gear you need. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 22, 2019

from Destin, Florida asked:
March 14, 2019
Which Stella reel and speed would work best for jigging on Type J 603 (GTYPJS603) rod targeting snapper, grouper and AJ in water depth up to 250 feet?
1 Answer
The 6000 stella with the 5:7:1 gear ratio 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 3, 2019

dan kuesis
from Barrington Hills, IL asked:
March 3, 2019
What is best option for stella reel on a terez 7 8 heavy for popping tuna, cubera, roosters Panama/ Costa Rica?

Being versatile for tarpon in the future?


1 Answer
The 2019 Stella model 8000
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 6, 2019

from Norwich,Connecticut asked:
December 31, 2018
What’s the best size reel pair with a Lamiglas TFS 10’6 MHS rod for Striper bass fishing?
1 Answer
A 6000 Stella would pair up best however if your fishing a heavy current body of water like the Cape Cod Canal then a 8000 can be used
Submitted by: Bernie on January 4, 2019

from Pennsylvania asked:
January 20, 2018
1 Answer
It would depend on the pound test you were looking at if you like you can give us a call at 1-888-354-7335 to discuss some different options.
Submitted by: Bernie on January 22, 2018

from Dallas tx asked:
November 21, 2017
The Shimano still make the 4000 Stella sw and does tackledirect sell it
1 Answer
Hello Johnny, Shimano makes a stella 4000 in the f1 models.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 22, 2017

lucy vizcaino
from Massachusetts asked:
September 23, 2017
es en dolares o en peso
1 Answer
El peso de los carretes está en el lado izquierdo mientras que el precio se enumera a la derecha.
Submitted by: Bernie on September 25, 2017

from California asked:
March 26, 2020
What does Power Pro Capacity mean?  It looks like it is similar to the lbs./Yardage. I would like to know exactly what the two terms mean since they are featured side by side in the reel specs.
1 Answer
Power Pro capacity refers to the amount ofbraided line that can fit on the spool. The smaller number refers to the testrating of the line and the larger number refers to the capacity in yards.
Submitted by: Sydney on March 26, 2020

from Mexico beach Florida asked:
March 17, 2020
Looking to purchase a Shimano Stella SWB STL5000SWXG or other recommendation! 

My questions: can hit explain the reel codes like SWB? 

Target fish Redfish, Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, and anything else I’m lucky enough to hook up. 

Would you recommend 5000 XG (or a different model like the 8000) to fish saltwater fish top water lures, free line live bait, and dead bait in upper column?

What size and brand of braid? 

What Rod; model, type (medium, medium heavy, etc) and action (fast, extra fast, etc) 

The ones you sell are they current models? 

My thanks,


1 Answer
The Stella SW lineup is considered Shimano's heavy duty saltwater purposed Stella. The Stella FJ is designed for lighter technical inshore applications and freshwater. Stella SWB was the version that debuted in 2013 and is now being replaced with the new Stella SWC. The SWC reels were introduced last summer in the 8000, 10000, and 14000 sizes, and Shimano added the rest of the sizes that are new for this year and debuting shortly. Link to the SWC version:

You are on the right track with an XG model, which is a higher gear ratio. That will allow you to work topwater lures effectively. You may be best bumping up to a slightly larger size if you are looking to be able to handle anything from an amberjack to a spanish mackerel. We will need more information to get you completely dialed in, and if you can give us a call we would be more than happy to set you up properly for your applications.

Submitted by: Brian on March 18, 2020

from Germantown, MD asked:
June 5, 2019
Thinking of the Stella SWB 4000 for fluking with my Game J, any thoughts?
1 Answer

Hello Jerry, 

I looked at the Game J rod on-line and it looks like the 4000 with pair up just fine.  

You can flounder fish, with this set up no problem.

Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on June 6, 2019

Aidan Thompson
from asked:
August 5, 2018
Could you get a regular rubber grip on the 6000?
1 Answer
Unfortunately, the Stella 6000 is only sold with the ball handle.
Submitted by: Rebecca on August 7, 2018

from SCITUATE, MA asked:
March 9, 2018
I'm looking at buying a Stella 5k and am having a hard time deciding on which gear or model is right. Will be used for mixed purposes, casting plugs, bucktails and livelining mackarel for stripers. Thanks
1 Answer
The Shimano Stella SWB STL5000SWBHG Saltwater Spinning Reel is the reel i would recommend using for the application your intending using the reel for.
Submitted by: Donald on March 9, 2018

from Brooklyn, NY asked:
March 1, 2018
Will the 14000 balance well with the mojo surf 11’? If not, which Stella will?
1 Answer
The Stella 14000 would pair nicely with the Mojo 11' surf rod for casting distance and durability.
Submitted by: Donald on March 6, 2018

from South Africa asked:
February 15, 2018
Can you please specify the line diameters used. Would be help full to be able to have that comparisons as well
1 Answer
Unfortunately each braided line diameter is slightly different based upon the brand of the line. That is the main reason we do not post line diameter because it could be slightly off based upon brand (braided line).
Submitted by: Donald on February 15, 2018

Marc Shelstead
from Colima mexico asked:
January 22, 2017
Where are the shimano reels made
1 Answer
Shimano reels are manufactured in either Malaysia or Japan. The Stella is manufactured in Japan.
Submitted by: Devon on January 24, 2017

Mohamed Mostafa
from Cairo Egypt asked:
October 4, 2015
I've got the shimano Stella 18000sw ( the old model ) Is it ok for jigging ?
1 Answer
That is a little big, it would depend what you are jigging for. It is also a little heavy, so it comes down to preference and whether or not you would want to stand there and jig with the weight of that reel all day. But, as far as performance goes.... Than it is a great reel for fighting fish you would be jigging for.
Submitted by: Kaitryn on October 5, 2015

from Providence, RI asked:
June 7, 2015
Is it fully sealed like the van staal?
1 Answer
Hello Udon. The drag system on the Stella is fully sealed. However the rest of the reel is not sealed like a VS is. Please feel free to contact s if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Brandon on June 12, 2015

from clearwater, fl asked:
May 9, 2015
Are the spools interchangeable on the 5000 and 6000? Would the spool from a 6000 fit on the 5000 xg?
1 Answer
Ben, The 6000 spool will fit on the 5000, but we don not have any information on how the reel will perform or any problems that can occur when swapping spools.
Submitted by: Frank on May 11, 2015

from clearwater, fl asked:
May 7, 2015
would the handle for the 5000xhg fit on the 6000hg
1 Answer
John, Looking at both reels the handles look to be the exact same. For any further question or to help us better answer your question please call in at 1-888-354-7335 or email us at
Submitted by: Frank on May 11, 2015

from Florida asked:
May 6, 2015
What the best rod for stella sw 5000 ?
1 Answer
Ken, I would recommend you take a look at the Tallus blue water rods, or the Terez spinning rods.
Submitted by: Frank on May 7, 2015

from Clearwater, FL asked:
May 4, 2015
Do all Stella swb models have the twin drag system?
1 Answer
John, All the Stella SWB's are twin drag reels.
Submitted by: Frank on May 4, 2015

from Lake Orion, Michigan asked:
April 27, 2015
I would like to know which size STL-SWBHG reel is best fishing for permit, bonefish, redfish, and/or steelhead. I will travel with this reel between Michigan and the Keys.
1 Answer
Scott, the 5000swbhg would be to heavy for your application but the (SHM-2811) Stella 4000 FI filled with 10 lbs bread would be excellent.
Submitted by: Frank on April 28, 2015

from New York, NY asked:
January 17, 2015
I recently got a 10000 PG, it seems a little rough, when placed horizontally, the weight of the handle does not even move the roller. Is that normal?
1 Answer
Hello Mark. Yes this is normal. We just took one here in house and gave it the same test with the same results. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Customer Service on January 19, 2015

from Los Angeles CA asked:
August 31, 2014
Where is this reel manufactured? Scott
1 Answer
The Stella is manufactured in Japan.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 1, 2014

Shiraz Arsiwala
from India asked:
September 14, 2013
can the handle be interchanged from left to right without compromising waterproofing ,
1 Answer
Yes the reel handle can be exchanged without compromising waterproofing.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 17, 2013

GRaeme Blem
from South Africa asked:
September 9, 2013
What do all the letters stand for in the new range of Stella reels, i.e. "SWB" and "XG", "HG" and "PG"? I presume HG is high gear!? The other elude me though and I cant seem to find anything online. Thanks, Graeme
1 Answer
The letters describe the gear ratio XG = 6.2:1 HG = 5.7:1 PG = 4.4:1 The SW is the Saltwater model
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 9, 2013


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