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Shimano Thunnus CI4 Spinning Reels

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Model
TD Code
Line Capacity (Test/Yards)Power Pro Capacity (est/Yards)Line Retrieve Per CrankMax DragS SUS BearingsRoler ClutchGear RatioGripWeightPrice
TU4000CI4
SHM-1616
8/240
10/200
12/160
15/270
20/190
40/145
30 in15 lbs.614.8Small Egg12.7 oz$269.99 USD
TU6000CI4
SHM-1617
10/300
12/265
16/170
20/120
30/245
50/210
65/130
35 in20 lbs.614.8Small Egg18 oz$279.99 USD
TU8000CI4
SHM-1618
14/295
17/250
20/195
40/295
50/290
65/180
36 in20 lbs.614.8Small Egg19.4 oz$289.99 USD
TU12000CI4
SHM-1619
12/550
16/350
20/265
50/505
65/310
80/230
37 in25 lbs.614.4Large Egg27.7 oz$309.99 USD
Lightweight and the power to stop big fish. Not a sentence you are used to hearing! Seemingly against the laws of nature. Thunnus takes a page from our Bicycle division using Carbon materials in high impact situations. Thunnus CI4 is a response to all the anglers out there in love with the ease of use and functionality that wanted the reel to shed some weight. Thunnus CI4 is up to 7 ounces lighter than its predecessor without sacrificing any power. Quite the opposite!! Due to new drag systems for the Main Drag and the Baitrunner drag Thunnus CI4 is the most efficient live bait spinning reel on the market with unmatched adjustability for fishing any bait in any condition as well as the smooth stopping power that this generation of Thunnus will be known for.
  • Lightweight CI4 Frame and Rotor (AL on 12000)
  • Aluminum Sideplate
  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III. Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Varispeed Oscillation
  • S-Concept, S-Rotor, S-Arm Cam, Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In Handle Attachment), Oversized Septon Grips for Power and Comfort, WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Dartainium II Drag Washers (Cross Carbon)
  • Repairable Clicker
  • S A-RB (Shielded A-RB) Ball Bearings
  • Super Stopper II Anti-Reverse
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Floating Shaft
  • Fluidrive II Gearing
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
5 Stars based on 29 reviews
By Angel
New York
August 11, 2018
The best shimano bait runner 8000
I use this mostly for saltwater bottom fishing montauk ny but will throw a plug on if the 20 pound bluefish are wh shimano tiralejo 12f nobody cast like me
By Grant R
Hilltown, PA
July 23, 2018
Awesome!!
I was looking for a new 8000 size reel to replace an old Penn. After reading reviews and handling a variety of reels, I chose to go with the Thunnus CI48000. Wow, is all I can say. This reel functions better than any reel in my bag. I also purchased a St. Croix Mojo Surf 11' to pair up and it is by far the best combo I have ever used. If you are looking for a reel that is an absolute beast pick this up you will not be disappointed.
ProsLightweight, amazing dual drag system, everything about this reel rocks
Consnone
By Paul
North Miami, Fl
November 25, 2017
great offshore reel
Bought this with a loomis pro blue, use it in south florida for live baiting dolphin and tarpon. Handles the tarpon under the bridges in excess of 100 lbs and is great for drifting live bait offshore with the bait runner feature. it overmatches the schoolie dolphin but easily handles the larger gaffers. I would buy 10 more if they didn't update the models every few years making parts to previous models obsolete. I have a dozen shimano reels (more?) and take care of them. when they finally need parts, you can't get them a few years after they come out. Good news is if you take care of them, you can give them to your kids. Smooth and strong, good drag and love the bait runner feature. kids can put it in the rod holder and walk away...as they do, turn the crank and your fish is still on and they do not have to adjust the drag, just crank in your fish. I use it more than my stellas because they are several generations old and can't afford to have them break. not much of a drop off in performance.
Conseventually parts will not be available as newer generations of this reel come out
By Chris
San Diego
October 26, 2017
Super Easy
Used this reel for fly-lining Sardines and the bait-runner feature worked well. Caught some nice 20-30 Yellowtail and drag worked great. The clicking feature of the bait-runner is annoying, but does a great job of keeping just enough pressure to keep your line sung. it was especially helpful on a full boat with others getting all tangled up. I used the bait-runner on its lowest setting the entire time and it was fine for the larger sardines I was using, but for smaller anchovies I think the drag might me a little too much.
ProsEasy to cast, holds plenty of line, bait-runner feature, smooth drag, , as fool proof as it gets, great for my wife
ConsIts a spinning reel, so you feel a little wimpy
By Exkeydet
Lexington, VA
June 1, 2017
Best Reel for the Money!
I'd purchased a Thunnus C14 8000 about a year earlier for striper fishing and loved it, but wanted to go one size up for my annual Florida tarpon trips. The Thunnus 12000 "filled the bill" perfectly. Rugged, reliable and for what it's worth, a perfect match for my Shimano Telavera spinning rod. I'd never owned a "bait runner" reel before, now I wonder how I ever lived without one. I'm already planning to buy a second one!
By Phil H
New Fairfield, CT
August 30, 2016
Pricey but worth it.
I use this mostly for saltwater bottom fishing (in Rhode Island), but will throw a plug on if the bluefish are around (they are fun to catch). Fished with this reel 8 straight days on the saltwater and don't see any signs of corrosion anywhere on the reel (I did give it a freshwater wash down after every trip). Casts great, and the retrieve is very smooth. So far the biggest fish I have caught was an 8 Lb. bluefish and a 6 lb. skate (but hope to get some bigger ones in the future).
ProsVery smooth Casts great
Consnone
By Luis
San diego
August 9, 2016
I have an 8000
Much similar to the baitrunner altough this one is lighter. I have both prefer using the baitrunner because wont hurtthe scratches catch a 100lb sailfish with it. No problema.
By David Norris
Idaho
July 9, 2016
Super...
I Have several baitrunners dating back to the 4500A 16 years ago, which still works.... This is the best yet, the power grip is a great improvement and the infinite anti reverse is awesome.
ProsShimano Baitrunner super smooth infinite anti-reverse power grip
Consnot too crazy about the color, its like blue metalic. I would like to see like a brushed or satin silver finish and of course nothing ever wrong with black or charcoal
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
March 27, 2016
best bait runner
this is the best bait runner out there. I used it for stripers and blues from boat on a 7ft rod
Prosquality
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
February 5, 2016
GREAT REEL
I OREDER THIS REEL BUT AFTER FINDING OUT THE 8000 IS THE SAME BODY BUT HOLDS MORE LINE, I RETURNED IT AND PURCHASED 8000. DONE MIND THE EXTRA ONCE IN WEIGHT
ProsQUALITY
By Rick
Charleston, SC
September 24, 2015
Great drag system
I paired the reel with a med Terez rod. Makes a perfect setup for larger fish. Great Tarpon and Cobia setup. Super drag system. Love the live bait feature. Comfortable large handle. Own several 8000 and 12000.
ProsDrag system
ConsSeems to be over rated on .40 line capacity. Have never been able to get more then 275 yards as compared to rating of 320.
By Fred
Webster, FL
June 2, 2015
Great all around
Don't fish with live or dead bait often but when i do this reel is great. Plenty of power, smooth and if you into it-Looks sexy. When i switch to a lure it still works fantastic. Feels great on my St Croix 7.5 rod
ProsGreat all around go to reel
Consnone
By david
lake worth, FL
May 7, 2015
great reel
this reel is great for live bait fishing with the baitrunner feature
By david
,
May 5, 2015
awesome reel
this reel is awesome for live bait fishing the bait runner feature is amazing very expensive reel, might get another soon
By cristian
Lake worth, FL
May 3, 2015
Great reel
This reel is very strong and love the bait runner feature love it for live bait
13 Questions & 13 Answers
Garrett Henderson
from CA asked:
August 22, 2018
What size would be recommended for yellowfin tuna fishing. Pairing with a 8' graftech medium rod.
1 Answers
The 12000 would be best for yellowfin and pairing with the 8 foot rod.
Bernie
on August 23, 2018

Mike
from West Palm Beach asked:
April 7, 2018
What is reel match fir gloomis NRX 883S MR 7€™4€ med-heavy? For back water snook redfish trout and tarpon.
1 Answers
The Shimano Thunnus TU6000CI4 Spinning Reel would be a great match pairing it with the NRX 883S MR for the style of fishing your doing.
Donald
on April 7, 2018

Ken
from Miami, FL asked:
March 9, 2018
Need reel size recommendation of 6000 or 8000 Thunnus to match with Gloomis Pro Blue 8FT med-heavy spin rod. Use: Fish piers, jetties, and going after big tarpon and anything that is over 50lbs.
1 Answers
Based on the application you're describing I'd suggest the 8000 size. It will give you an adequate line capacity with a 50# braided line and will likely be the best fit in terms of size for the rod you are using.
Devon
on March 12, 2018

R Lahn
from Fort Myers, Florida asked:
January 10, 2018
Want a a Shimano reel to pair up with my G-Loomis GWR 901S 7'6" Mag Medium Rod. Primary fish inshore and near shore in Florida. What would you suggest?
1 Answers
The Shimano Thunnus 8000 would match well with the G-Loomis GWR 901S 7'6" Mag Medium Rod for the application your using the combo for.
Donald
on January 11, 2018

Julie
from Southern california asked:
April 30, 2017
What reel and size would you match up with the seeker blue lightning 7' S Was debating between thunnus or stradic
1 Answers
The Shimano Thunnus 8000 would be a better fit for the seeker blue lightning 7' S.
Donald
on May 2, 2017

Chris
from Ponce inlet fl. asked:
April 13, 2017
What rod should a pair a 6000 with? I will be using it target bull redfish in 16ft of water with 3 to 4 oz of weight.
1 Answers
The Tsunami Elite Bluewater Spinning rods as well as the Shimnao Trevala jigging spinning rods would be great rods to pair with the Thunnus 6000.
Donald
on April 13, 2017

Doug Taylor
from Midlothian, VA asked:
February 7, 2017
I have an 11' Avid surf rod that I will be using a lot on the Outer Banks, NC, which Thunnus would you recommend...
1 Answers
You could get by with the 8000 size and not have to go with the huge 12000. However this would probably be my last choice of reel for this application. Check out the Ultegra from Shimano.
John
on February 8, 2017

Fred
from Abingdon, Maryland asked:
September 13, 2015
Does the Thunnus C14 have sealed bearings?
1 Answers
From the information that I have been able to find, the only sealed part of this reel is the drag system.
David
on September 16, 2015

Mike
from New Jersey asked:
August 4, 2015
Would this reel be capable of handling tuna in 35-50 lb class?
1 Answers
The larger sizes of this reel would handle tuna in that weight class very well.
David
on August 6, 2015

Pat
from NewYork asked:
March 20, 2015
Would the Thunnus 8000 model be a good reel for a 10'6 st croix mojo surf 2-6 oz fishing bait
1 Answers
Hello Pat. Yes the Thunnus 8000 would suit you perfect in that application. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Customer Service
on March 21, 2015

Mike
from Gainesville, FL asked:
December 31, 2014
What would be the best rod for the 4000 model ?
1 Answers
A medium to medium heavy rod in the 7'-8' range would fit that reel very well. The "best rod" depends on what you are fishing for and what method you use.
Customer Service
on January 5, 2015

Steve Alexander
from Cypress, TX asked:
October 27, 2012
Is this reel made in Japan?
1 Answers
Product of Malaysia. I have been fishing the 8000 and 12000's for a year now for white marlin and sail fish. the quality has done nothing but astonish me. they are ultra light with very smooth drags. What i like most is how quickly and securely it will shift from bait mode to your primary drag, a big improvement from the last generation.
Customer Service
on October 29, 2012

Jim MulhearnVjmulhearn
from Archer fl asked:
August 4, 2012
What is the difference between this reel and the bait runner other than $100.00 I need to buy (4)
1 Answers
The Thunnus CI4 reels are lighter than the Baitrunners, since the frame and rotor on the Thunnus reels are made of CI4 material and the Baitrunner's frame is made of graphite. The Thunnus is a lighter, stronger version of the Baitrunner.
Customer Service
on August 5, 2012

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