Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reels

Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reels

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Model
TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)ColorPrice
ULT5500XTD
SHM-3236
415.3:110/425
12/315
16/230
334+117.3Black$189.99 USD
ULT14000XTD
SHM-3237
414.3:112/600
16/440
20/330
444+121.9Black$209.99 USD
ULT5500XSD
SHM-3507
415.3:110/425
12/315
16/230
334+117.3Silver$189.99 USD
ULT14000XSD
SHM-3508
414.3:112/600
16/440
20/330
444+121.9Silver$209.99 USD
Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reels are designed for the serious surf caster. These surf reels provide consistent long-casting performance and Shimano X-Ship for improved durability even under the heaviest loads.

  • X-Ship
  • Super Slow oscillation (14000)
  • 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.
21 Questions & 21 Answers
andres jimenez
from huntington Ny asked:
April 3, 2019
I have a St. Croix Mojo surf 10'6, 2-6 ounce rating  surf rod. I will mainly be doing stripe bass and bluefish fishing. Which size should I get also should I be looking at the shimano speedcast surf reel? Does anyone own one?
1 Answer
The speedcast is only available in a 14000 which is good if your fishing larger species while using chunk bait the 5500 Ultegra would be a good match for the 10'6 mojo 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 3, 2019

Terry
from NORTH CAROLINA asked:
November 22, 2017
How much bigger is the 14000 from the 5500?
1 Answer
slightly larger, spool is bigger on the 14000 and also weighs 21.9 oz's compared to 17.3 for the 5500.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 24, 2017

Kyle Kalinowski
from Cape cod ma asked:
June 11, 2017
It this reel made to be used in salt water?
1 Answer
Yes, this reel is meant for saltwater more specifically a surf reel.
Submitted by: Bernie on June 12, 2017

Andrew Szczygiel
from Belchertown Ma asked:
June 16, 2019
I have a ultegra 14k and I’m trying to find a power knob for my reel what style is this reel? Also is there a guide to changed the stock handle to a power knob?
1 Answer
We do not believe there is a guide out there with instructions on how to change the knob specifically but there are many useful videos on the internet especially Youtube instructing how it is done. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on June 18, 2019

gregory
from runnemede, nj asked:
November 23, 2017
Is the ultrega XTD 5500 a better choice for me 9'TFO rod?
1 Answer
The Shimano Ultegra XTD 5500 would be the better choice for the 9' TFO rod.
Submitted by: Donald on November 24, 2017

Adam
from Concord nh asked:
July 8, 2017
Does this reel have a manual bail?
1 Answer
It does not. The bails on both the 5500 and 14000 automatically flip when you turn the handle.
Submitted by: Devon on July 8, 2017

Gregg
from Iowa asked:
June 3, 2017
Does this reel have a quick drag system?
1 Answer
It does. The drag is adjusted from very loose to tight with minimal turning of the drag dial.
Submitted by: Devon on June 5, 2017

Rich
from Eht asked:
May 1, 2017
What would be a better fit for a 12 foot Tica surf Rod?
1 Answer
The Shimano ULT14000XTD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reelwould be a better fit in the way of casting ability and balance matching it with the 12' Tica Surf Rod.
Submitted by: Donald on May 2, 2017

nick
from long island, ny asked:
March 31, 2017
Is this reel submergible?
1 Answer
No it is not.
Submitted by: Devon on April 1, 2017

Mike
from New Jersey asked:
March 31, 2017
What size XTD would be like Shimano 8000D bait runner in size ? Not smaller Though/
1 Answer
The Shimano ULT14000XTD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel would be a similar size reel compared to the Shimano 8000 bait runner. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs and have a great day.
Submitted by: Donald on April 1, 2017

KK
from Chennai,India asked:
March 25, 2017
These Ultegra reels comes with Slow and Super Slow oscillation which will not make difficult in spinning ? due to retrieval of lure becoming slow ? That does't make this reels only for the use of casting baits rather than lures. Correct me if this wrong.
1 Answer
The slow oscillation of the Ultegra XTD refers to the rate of the spool moving up and down while cranking. The rotor revolves around the reel at a typical speed, thus wrapping the line around the spool at the same rate, just more parallel. This reel retrieves 41" of line per crank, which is very similar to other types of reels used for surf fishing with lures.
Submitted by: Devon on March 25, 2017

Nelson
from Massachusetts asked:
March 7, 2017
Whats the best size i should use on my 10' lamiglas king surf rod?
1 Answer
The Shimano ULT14000XTD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel would be a good fit for the Lamiglas King Surf rod. The rod and reel will balance well together. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 8, 2017

Val
from richmond hill, New York asked:
March 6, 2017
How does it compare to the penn spinfisher v 7500LC for distance?
1 Answer
The Spinfisher V 7500LC and the Ultegra XTD use the same principles of an elongated spool and slow rotor oscillation in order to increase casting distance. In terms of casting efficiency they are very similar.
Submitted by: Devon on March 7, 2017

Gus
from Maine asked:
March 4, 2017
What is the difference between the XTD and Ultra CI4 XSB?
1 Answer
The Ultegra Ci4 XSB's frame is constructed with Shimano's Ci4 carbon composite material which is a lighter and more rigid material than what is used in the standard aluminum frames.
Submitted by: Devon on March 6, 2017

Oaks
from Hawaii asked:
February 19, 2017
Does it come with an extra spool and/or spacers?
1 Answer
Yes the Ultegra XTD comes with a spare spool and several spool size reducing spacers.
Submitted by: Devon on February 20, 2017

Brian Lamb
from Florida asked:
February 18, 2017
All the media i can find on this reel is for carp fishing but the specs make it seem to be a great prospect for being a saltwater surf reel, possibly for even larger game like tarpon. Is this reel suitable for the florida surf and heavy saltwater conditons?
1 Answer
This reel is indeed very popular among the carp fishing community. However it is designed with long distance surf casting and saltwater fishing in mind, as is all the other models of the Ultegra surf reels.
Submitted by: Devon on February 18, 2017

Krispy
from NC asked:
February 11, 2017
What happen to the Shimano ultegra XSC 5500? I saw a youtube video where tackle direct says that they carry these XSC reels. What's the difference in between the XTD and the XSC?
1 Answer
The are very similar reels in weight and size. The XTD 5500 has a slow oscillation and the XTD 14000 has a Super Slow oscillation that the XSC does not.
Submitted by: Donald on February 15, 2017

carlos
from new rochelle ny asked:
January 28, 2017
what material is the body?
1 Answer
The Ultegra XTD frame is made from a graphite composite material that Shimano calls XT-7.
Submitted by: Devon on January 31, 2017

louie
from brooklyn nyc asked:
January 27, 2017
what is the frame made of? does the reel have hagane gears? is the reel saltwater approved?.. whats the braid line capacity?
1 Answer
The reel does not have Hagane gears and the braid capacities are the 5500 size reel 40 lb braid 425 yards and the 14000 reel 50 lb braid 600 yards.
Submitted by: Donald on January 27, 2017

James Kershaw
from Charlotte, NC asked:
January 26, 2017
How much braid line will it hold Say 30lb braid?
1 Answer
The 5500 size can fit 425 yards of 40lb braid and the size 14000 can fit 600 yards for 50lb braid. 40 lb braid is what the 5500 is quoted for and the 14000 is quoted for 50 lb braid.
Submitted by: Donald on January 27, 2017

SDV
from New York, NY asked:
January 26, 2017
Is it US model? From which material made body of the reel?
1 Answer
The Shimano Ultegra XTD are made in Malaysia.
Submitted by: Donald on January 27, 2017

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