Shimano ULT5500XSD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel

Shimano ULT5500XSD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel

Price: $189.99

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Model
TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)ColorPrice
ULT5500XSD
SHM-3507
415.3:110/425
12/315
16/230
334+117.3Silver$189.99 USD
The Shimano ULT5500XTD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel is designed for the serious surf caster. This surf reel provides consistent long-casting performance and Shimano X-Ship for improved durability even under the heaviest loads.

  • X-Ship
  • Slow Oscillation (5500)
  • Aero Wrap II
  • Dyna balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • 1 Spare Spool Included
4.5 Stars based on 30 reviews
By Lupan
Nashville, TN
Great Reel
August 25, 2019
The real has performed great it holds a massive amount of line.

I have cut all brand of species with this rod from Sturgeon to stripers two flat heads it’s a great reel.
ProsDrag, casting, and power great
ConsLittle heavier than others.
By T W.
MD
Not Durable
August 19, 2019
I own 4 of these reels. Sorry to report that after only two seasons of moderate use, with tender loving care, two are reeling in very rough. They are showing signs of internal part failure. I have been avid surf fisherman for over 40 years. These reels are by far the biggest disappointing, fishing purchase, I've made.
ProsLight, well balanced, good price
ConsThe ones I own, are not durable.
By Woody
Stuart FL
Has Disappointing Issues
August 11, 2019
Initially these reels performance is too good to be true. After two seasons of surf tournament fishing, (a grand total of 10 days) and thorough cleaning after each use, these reels tend to be difficult during retrieval, under moderate loads.

I own 4 of these lemons, one cost me 38.00, to replace internal cheaply made parts. Another one is now doing the same crap!

Shimano, is constantly changing their reels, instead of improving the models they have. Buyer beware, Shimano quality control seems to out to lunch!
ProsIn all honesty, I have no positive remarks.
ConsNot durable!
By James
HAZLET, NJ
Great reel
February 20, 2019
Extremely light and smooth. perfect for surf fishing for stripers.
By Patricio S.
Puebla
all perfect
January 2, 2019
all perfect! thanks!
By Tim
Fenwick Island, DE
Very Long Caster
November 7, 2018
I have purchased two of these reels to use on surf rods. I overload line on reels to reduce friction from the front lip of the spool. These reels cast noticeably further than the two that they are replacing and I have not had an issue with wind knots from over loading them. They are FAST retrievers also. Only issue is because they do not have a skirt on the spool they can get line wrapped under the spool and around the spindle if you are not careful.
ProsLong caster. Quick retrieve
Consline can easily get under the spool.
By Jessie
nj
Nice drag for the price!!!!!
October 30, 2018
always been a Penn man, but after looking at reviews on the Shimano reels I might have to try one. I mean 44 lbs of drag for $160, yep that is a good deal
By Vinnie D.
Newington, CT
ULT 14000XSD- big bang for the buck!!!
September 5, 2018
Shimano has always been one of my surf fishing reels- purchased this model for my son to pair with a g loomis 11 ft surf rod- he loves it. Long casting, smooth, and solid design. Well worth the $$$
ProsLong cast spools (2), well balanced and smooth, good drag system
ConsNone yet
By DESHENG Y.
NewYork
Nice
August 20, 2018
Nice reel
By Trung T.
OHIO
Great Reel best value
August 1, 2018
Totally satisfied this amazing reel
By Tom
De
Great, Balance
July 21, 2018
The reel is light and balances with my rods from 9 to 13, feet. The spool is long to allow for better dostance. I own 5 of these, and fish hard. Just keep em clean, should last a long time
By Joseph
,
Nicely made spinner
July 21, 2018
This is a well made reel that is typical of other Shimano reels I have been using. It is smooth, relatively light weight for its size and holds a ton of braid. All at a reasonable price.
By Mike
Prunedale, CA.
Good reel for the money!
April 25, 2018
Good reel for the money.
I put it on a 10.5 ' medium action rod for surf fishing in Monterey Bay , CA. and it casts a mile. The reel is very smooth. I would suggest using backing on both the spools as it holds an incredible amount of 30 lb. braid.
The drag is very smooth and adjustable.
A couple of things that is troublesome is the bail does not lock open sometimes making it necessary to rotate the spool for it to lock in a casting position . Also the bail is hard to close by cranking the handle making it easier to manually close the bail.
Overall ,weighing the good points over the bad, for the money, it's a good reel. :)
By HAU
Houston, TX
Long casting system
April 4, 2018
This reel has completed my long casting system. My very first cast with a 4 oz lead get over 120 yard easy with very minimal effort. I pair this reel with 12 foot gloomis imx surf rod
ProsWell balance with rod , smooth feeling
By David
Warwick, RI
Great casting
February 14, 2018
Used a friend of mine reel last fall and had to go buy one myself. Great casting plus plenty of drag pressure to slow down the big game fish.
ProsComes with line spool adapters so if you don't want to wind on a full 400+ yds. of line. Smooth reeling and love the manual bail flip, don't have to worry about line snapping on casts when you try to get that extra distance.
3 Questions & 3 Answers
Thyda
from Providence, RI asked:
August 4, 2018
hi,does the handle screw in?
1 Answers
The handle does screw in and is a dual retrieve.
Bernie
on August 6, 2018

Alvin
from Cayman Islands asked:
June 27, 2018
Can you suggest a good rod to match this with? I prefer 8-9' for casting poppers and stick baits.
1 Answers

David
from Charlestown,Rhode island asked:
September 19, 2018
How much braid will this hold? 20-30
1 Answers
Unfortunately, Shimano only lists the mono capacity. The Shimano Ultegra 5500 XSD is currently out of stock, but we do have the 5500 XTD in-stock here at TackleDirect. 9/20/2018
Rebecca
on September 20, 2018

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