Shimano Ultegra CI4 Plus Spinning Reels

Shimano Ultegra CI4 Plus Spinning Reels

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335+115.5$319.99 USD
445+119$339.99 USD
The new Shimano Ultegra Ci4+ long cast surf reels combines all of the latest Shimano technologies to provide the ultimate long distance surf casting performance. Combining Ci4+ construction, X-Protect water resistance, and Hagane gearing provides surf fisherman with a highly rigid and durable option in the most unforgiving environments. With two sizes available in the new Ultegra Ci4+ long cast surf spinning reels, you will be hard pressed to find another spinning reel capable of providing further casts to get to the fish. The 14000 size also features Super Slow 5 Oscillation, creating a near perfect line lay and allows the line to fly off the spool effortlessly on your casts, which greatly maximizes the reel’s casting distance to the next level. Both sizes come with two spools to allow for quick changing of line type in order to adapt to different conditions, techniques, and locations.
4.5 Stars based on 20 reviews
By Dominique
Fairfield, CA
Got the 14000, a reel for KINGS
November 13, 2020
absolutely wonderful reel! incredible strength and ease of use. this monster just keeps reeling with minimal power on even the heaviest of fish! pair this with the Shimano Tiravejo 12ft for a match made in heaven!
Prosbuild quality, craftsmanship, ease of use.
Consnone whatsoever, its expensive because its worth it.
By Rafael
Bayamon, PR
Ultegra 14000 CI4 amazing reel for surf fishing.
October 27, 2020
From the first time I used it, this reel became my favorite without a doubt. It's a lightweight and smooth yet powerful reel that can tame any trophy fish.
By Ray S.
Sinking spring, pa
Ultegra 1400
October 15, 2020
Teamed with a Daiwa emcast rod loaded with 40 lb braid, this reel casts well over a hundred yards with minimum effort. I have surf fished for over 35 years and this reel is the smoothest, longest casting reel I have ever used. Well worth the money. Extremely well satisfied with this purchase from tackle direct
ProsSmooth, Long cast. You can feel every bounce on the bottom.
By updateCategoryParet L.
Ormond Beach Fl
Outstanding reel for long casting surf fishing.
October 5, 2020
Outstanding reel for long casting surf fishing, excellent drag system and very very smooth action.
Highly recommend you won't be disappointed!
ProsExcellent line lay on long spool. C14 light weight Very smooth 1/2 turn drag from free to locked
ConsA little pricy, but you get what you pay for and much more with this reel!
By Duke
Tampa, Florida
September 3, 2020
This is overall an excellent reel, casting distance is immaculate. The line lay smooth to the spool with supreme oscillation. Retrieval is extra smooth even when brining the big black tips in, no stress on the reel. I recommend this product.
ProsSmooth line lay Supreme casting distance
ConsA little pricey but you get what you pay for.
By Chris C.
Surf fishing
June 29, 2020
Great reel worth every $
ProsVery smooth and lite
ConsNone so far
By Cam
High Point, North Carolina
Best surf reel.
June 8, 2020
This bad boy is as smooth on the cast as it is on retrieve. I never thought I would spend this much on a reel because it wouldn't be worth it.... I was wrong! Worth every f'ING penny.... well, almost! It is expensive in my book, I have caught a lot of fish on MUCH less pricey reels. But never have I felt the buttery goodness that this reel represents. If you are on the fence... BUY IT! I can assure you after decades of chucking big baits this one has the stuff to back it up for a very long time. I've used it for several trips now, and it feels as good now as it did when I first cast it! Saving up for the smaller one now to use soundside. (Highly recommend using with super 8 slick braid)
ProsSmooth Long cast Easy, powerful drag Best surf reel
ConsWish there were more sizes available
By Joe
newark, de
best surf reel
May 30, 2020
i love this reel light powerful i could cast this all day it cast a mile
By Brian
Laguna Beach, CA
What an awesome reel!
April 12, 2020
I have used this reel to hook some large fish from the beaches down here in Southern Baja California, Mexico. From the beaches, Dorado, Jacks, Rooster fish and others. The drags are excellent. I would highly recommend this reel. Couple of fish photos caught with this reel.
By Salvatore
, Florida
Nice reel
October 17, 2019
Super buttery smooth and cast far
By Chase
Quincy, MA
smooth and reliable
October 17, 2019
I used this reel on a 10' ODM Genesis at the CC Canal. It is versatile and performs at a high level. I am not the most careful person with my gear and this reel never skipped a beat. It asts beautifully and I was throwing everything from epoxies to large pencil poppers. I can't recommend this reel enough.
ProsSmooth, lightweight powerful.
By ShoreFisher808
Newer XTC vs Older XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus
September 11, 2019
I figured since the previous Ultegra CI4 Plus (ULCI45500XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus XSB) performed very well for my kind of fishing, I would purchase this newer ULTCI45500XTC Ultegra CI4 Plus as a second reel since the XSB is no longer available. For me, the XTC did not perform as well over the past eight months of fishing as did my older XSB. Everything is comparable except the quick drag feature proved to be cumbersome on this newer version. The main problem is that it is not predictable due to consistency and/or precision with the drag. With the XSB, I can rely on “clicks” either way for predicable quick drag pressure. With this newer XTC model, because of the tension consistency and predictability issue, I have to slacken the drag and use hands on the spool to increase tension when the big ones are running too fast or towards cover --the reef, rocks, piling, etc. Needless to say, I have to tighten before and loosen immediately after each cast. It could be that the particular reel I have is the one in the lot that is faulty but I am back to using the more reliable XSB. However, if you can get past the quick drag issue, this is a good reel.
ProsLightweight, casting distance and spare spool
ConsQuick drag is cumbersome
North Carolina
Surf casting
June 8, 2019
Great light weight reel for the size. Love the line lay for braid. Casts better than any reel I own. Fights well despite weak looking arm and knob. Biggest let down was the poor knob. A reel this size needs more of a power knob stock.
By Roger
New and improved
April 6, 2019
what a difference from the first one I owned ,looks fantastic and smooth light great drag everything that I was looking for in a reel for throwing plugs
By Dan M.
Dallas, TX
Butter soft
March 24, 2019
This reel is butter soft, light as a feather.
31 Questions & 31 Answers
Wilbur Hogge
from Virginia Beach, VA asked:
October 20, 2019
Does the reel have a manual or trip bail?
1 Answer
Hello Wilbur, this reel has a manually closing bail 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on October 21, 2019

from Bourne, ma asked:
August 28, 2019
Is the 5500 model to small for the cape cod canal or am I better off with the 14000 model? Pairing with an 11ft rod. Thanks. 
1 Answer
The 14000 is a massive reel while you can use it at the canal the 5500 would pair better overall with the 11 ft rod. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on August 30, 2019

from New York asked:
July 3, 2019
What size penn reel would you compare the 14000
1 Answer
It's comparable to a 9500 slammer 3 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on August 12, 2019

from Barrington RI asked:
June 20, 2019
What rod would you recommend for A Shimano Ultegra 5500 thanks 
1 Answer
A 10 or 11 foot model surf rod medium to medium heavy power would pair up well with this Ultegra 5500 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

Rich C
from Montour Falls, NY asked:
June 13, 2019
Can I buy a spare spool for this reel?
1 Answer
You would have to purchase through Shimano. 
Submitted by: Ethan on June 13, 2019

from Western, mass asked:
June 7, 2019
Is there a bailess conversion kit?
1 Answer
We do not carry one, and I am not aware of any conversion kits for this reel. 
Submitted by: Ethan on June 13, 2019

from Brentwood, CA asked:
April 2, 2019
Why it’s more expensive tha xtd? 
1 Answer
Better quality parts, its more sealed then the xtd 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 19, 2019

from N.C asked:
April 1, 2019
I saw an answer to a question below about the oscillation on the 5500 and 14,000 where someone said the 14,000 has slower oscillation than the 5500 . Now here's my question that means the 14,000 should have "Super Slow 10 " instead of "Super Slow 5 " can you confirm the 14,000 has Super Slow 10 ? 
1 Answer
According to the specs the 14000 has super slow 5 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

from Chicago asked:
March 3, 2019
Is this made in china , Japan , Malaysia or what country
1 Answer
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 6, 2019

from Chicago asked:
March 2, 2019
What country is it made
1 Answer
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 7, 2019

from Chitown asked:
February 27, 2019
Is this reel built for saltwater 
1 Answer
This reel is meant for surf fishing and is built to withstand saltwater.
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on February 27, 2019

from Jersey shore asked:
November 11, 2018
I see recommendations to use a 5500 on a 10’ rod. I have my 5500 on a 9 foot ODM DNA. I have the ODM Genesis 11’ 2-6. I was thinking the 1400 would be a good reel. Is this correct?
1 Answer
The 1400 Ultegra would pair up with the 11 foot ODM Genesis
Submitted by: Bernie on November 12, 2018

from California asked:
November 1, 2018
Hi there, which Shimano surfing rod , length, etc. do you recommend to use with the 5500 model of this reel ? Thank you for your precious time Zaf
1 Answer
The 10 foot MH Tiralejo Surf Spinning Rods would pair up well with the Ultegra 5500
Submitted by: Bernie on November 1, 2018

from Mississippi asked:
October 23, 2018
This reel looks like it does not have the aero wrap II feature like the Ultegra XTD 5500. Can this reel cast as far as the Ultegra XTD? The XTD has both aero wrap II and slow ocillation features, while the CI4+ just has slow ocillation.
1 Answer
The Ci4+ will cast just as far as the standard Ultegra xtd while not incorperating the Aero Wrap II technology.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 25, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
October 17, 2018
Does this reel have an interchangeable handle?
1 Answer
Hello Aaron, the handle on this reel is interchangeable.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 18, 2018

from keyport, nj asked:
September 19, 2018
What is "X-Protect water resistance" in this reel? I didn't see any seals or gaskets in the schematic.
1 Answer
There's a lip between the body and the rotor that resist water from entering the gears of the reel as well as grease that prevents water intrusion. This reel can handle splash and spray from waves but shouldn't be dunked.
Submitted by: Bernie on September 20, 2018

from Cape Cod asked:
March 9, 2018
Is the 14000 size reel stout enough for the big stripers and strong currents of the Cape Cod Canal? or should I pick another model reel?
1 Answer
Hello Greg, the Shimano Ultegra Ci4 plus reel would be a perfect fit for the Canal.
Submitted by: Bernie on March 12, 2018

Kurt roos
from Florida asked:
March 1, 2018
Does this reel come with a beefer handle like the satagosa?
1 Answer
Hello Kurt, it only comes with the smaller handle. Shimano may have a handle that will fit that is larger.
Submitted by: Bernie on March 1, 2018

from Long Island NY asked:
April 12, 2021
What are the sizes of the spoils on both models?Looking to  pi

pair it up to a 10’6” Mojo...Thanks

1 Answer
Braided line capacity for both reels:

5500 - 30/360, 40/270, 50/220 yards

14000- 40/550, 50/460, 65/335 yards

Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 12, 2021

from NJ asked:
February 21, 2021
another tackle shop told me the ultegra, as a long cast reel, needed a special rod, or the guides wouldn't interact well with the line and actually hinder cast distance.

I was buying a 9' ODM DNA from them and the cynic in me wants to say since they didnt have the reel they were trying to get me to the saragosa.  I have a 9' ODM and a 10' MH lamiglas

carbon, can this reel be used on either of these rods?

1 Answer
Yes, the Ultegra would work fine on those rods. Many of the newer surf rods like the ODM come equipped with K guides, which are designed so the braid can go through the guides easier to help with a smoother cast, so you should be fine pairing the Ultegra with either of those rods.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 24, 2021

Robin Choi
from CA asked:
February 13, 2021
Hello. What size would you recommend to pair with a Century Sling shot 12’6” 1-4oz rod?   The length has me thinking 14000, but the lure rating has me thinking 5500.  Would prefer the lightest outfit that I can use while surf fishing. 
1 Answer
If you want to go light, I would go with the 5500, but the 14000 may balance better overall on the 12'6". 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 16, 2021

from Boston asked:
November 13, 2020
The reel comes with spool inserts labeled 3500 and 4500 to reduce line on the spool but doesn't document capacity when the inserts are used.  Has anyone used the inserts and what was the braid capacity?
1 Answer
While Shimano does not provide these exact specifications, it is safe to say that the 3500 and 4500 spare spools for the Ultegra 5500 would hold roughly 60-75 yards less for the 4500 and  100-120 yards less for 30# briad capacity
Submitted by: Alex T on November 17, 2020

from Saint Johns, Florida asked:
October 30, 2020
This reel is definitely sparking my interest, but there is very little information online about, just how well it's sealed against sand and saltwater.  I know it's not designed to be reeled underwater, but would you say that it's as well sealed as, let's say, the Penn slammer 3 or the spin fisher 6, which does seem impressive (at least on it's seal).                      
1 Answer
These are a very well designed surf reel by Shimano, While it does have many water/corrosion resistant features this reel is not fully sealed. It does not compare to the seals on the Penn Slammer.

With that being said this is an awesome reel and with the proper care this should be a very durable reel for surf applications

Submitted by: Alex T on November 4, 2020

from Lowell, Ma asked:
May 4, 2020
Is this real ambidextrous, does it come with an extra spool and how long would it take to get this reel shipped to Massachusetts
1 Answer
This reel is ambidextrous and comes with two spools. Shipping time depends mostly on the shipping method you choose at checkout. Anywhere from a week to 2-day shipping. 
Submitted by: Sydney on May 5, 2020

from Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago asked:
March 13, 2020
Is the UTCI45500 XTC and the tiralejo 12ft MHA a good combo for light weight lure and a small bait fishing as well? I will be doin mostly surf fishing for any type of fish but at the same time getting good casting distance and accuracy. 
1 Answer
The 14000 would be a better option for the 12' Tiralejo. 5500 on the 9'6" through 10'6".
Submitted by: Brian on March 17, 2020

from Perris, CA asked:
March 3, 2020
I would like to understand the fishing conditions or needs that fit better for each version "5500 and 14000".

I am confused about what would be the most important elements to consider. Please help I am in an urge to buy one of these.
1 Answer
Variables to consider would be the rod you want to match one of these up with, what you will be fishing for, and the line capacity needed for your given application. The 5500 would be best on a rod between 8 and 9'. And the 14000 for 10' and up. If you need some more help, give us a call and we will do our best to get you set up with the best possible combo for your application.
Submitted by: Brian on March 17, 2020

from NY asked:
January 24, 2020
would the 14000 be to big to pair with a st. Croix 10’6” MHmojo surf rod? 
1 Answer
The 14000 will fit with the 10'6 might be a little big but will work fine. 
Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on January 29, 2020

from Tn asked:
April 12, 2018
What is the retreaval rate on the 14000?
1 Answer
The Shimano ULTCI414000XTC Ultegra CI4 Plus Spinning Reel is 41 inches per crank.
Submitted by: Donald on April 12, 2018

from Waipahu, Hawaii asked:
April 10, 2018
How many Spools does this reel comes with?
1 Answer
The Shimano Ultegra CI4 Plus Spinning Reels comes with 1 extra spool.
Submitted by: Donald on April 11, 2018

from KENTUCKY asked:
March 9, 2018
Does the 5500 size reel have slow oscillation?
1 Answer
Yes it does. They both have a slow spool oscillation system, the oscillation on the 14000 is even slower than the 5500.
Submitted by: Devon on March 12, 2018

from forest heights, md asked:
February 28, 2018
do these come with spare spools?
1 Answer
The Shimano Ultegra CI4 Plus Spinning Reels are not in stock just yet. Once we get them in stock we will be able to provide more info and specs associated with this reel.
Submitted by: Donald on March 8, 2018


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