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Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reels

Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reels

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Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)ColorPrice
334+117.3Black$189.99 USD
444+121.9Black$209.99 USD
334+117.3SilverReg Price $189.99Our Price $149.99
444+121.9SilverReg Price $209.99Our Price $169.99
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
5 Stars based on 20 reviews
By Tom
July 21, 2018
Great, Balance
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
July 21, 2018
Nicely made spinner
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.
April 25, 2018
Good reel for the money!
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. :)
Houston, TX
April 4, 2018
Long casting system
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
February 14, 2018
Great casting
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.
By Jeffrey
Cape Cod, MA
January 14, 2018
Best Reel Ever
I bought this reel for Striper fishing throughout cape cod, by far exceeded my expectations. This is a powerhouse of a reel! Highly recommended.
ProsSmooth, durable, sleek, cost
By Cody b
Morro bay ca
January 3, 2018
Shimano ult 14000
I absolutely love this reel I use it for shark fishing off the pair an shore it's a casting beast it handles 90 pound sharks with ease. I would definitely recommend this reel you can't go wrong with it
By Michael
Westfield, NJ
December 30, 2017
Great Reel
Bought this reel for my grandfather, loves using it.
ProsVery smooth, reliable, nice design.
By Gkarp11
Runnemede, NJ
December 17, 2017
This is a great reel. The ULT5500XTD is very light. I paired it with my 9ā€™ TFO for plugging. This reel casts very far with 30lb. Power Pro Slick 8. Iā€™ve used it numerous times in the surf and the drag is amazing. With proper maintenance this reel should last a long time! I ordered this reel on Black Friday, (2017), with the Power Pro, they spooled it and it was delivered on Saturday! One day! Very pleased! Thank you Don at Tackle Direct!
ProsLightweight Casts far Great drag.
By Keith
Eighty Four, PA
December 17, 2017
Long distance
Iā€™ve only had the chance to throw this on grass so far but paired with the right rod this thing will bomb it out there. Like the spool spacers because if using light braid you donā€™t have to pack it with mono backing
By Tom Wood
Bethany Beach, Delaware
November 2, 2017
Great casting
I researched all of the currently available surf reels and found this Shimano to be a terrific value. The reel has a long spool to facilitate casting distance. It comes with spool reducers to be able to spool less line. It is light and balances well on my rods. I have four of these to use in surf fishing tournaments. Drag is smooth and with routine maintenance these reels should last a long time.
By Robert
October 24, 2017
Not what i expected
The reel is not very smooth the reel feels like it's grinding on retrieving.maybe just a bad reel?
By Francis Kaczmarek
August 18, 2017
Great surf reel.
I spooled the reel with ULT5500XTD Sufix 832 super braid and I'm very happy with it's performance. I have it paired with a Tsunami Airwave Elite 9'6" medium rod to use as a light weight plug rod. The drag is smooth, adjusts easily, and is very effective for landing fish in the surf. The slow oscillation spool movement and Aero Wrap retrieve with long spool shape really enables long effortless casts. Not a sealed reel but I've had no problems with it getting soaked when hit be waves.
ProsLight weight. Excellent drag. Casts very well.
By Michael
Centreville, VA
August 10, 2017
Best Reel
Since I fish less than 20 times a year, I was always hesitant in purchasing an "expensive" reel: I'm glad the Ultegra XTD has changed my mind. You really do get what you pay for. Casts amazing-Shimano is the way to go.
By Steve
Carver, Massachusetts
July 29, 2017
Smooth as silk
Casts really far, very smooth retrieve,
ProsWell built, great price
By Zak
June 7, 2017
Great reel!
This is my 3rd reel of this model. Very smooth and unbelievable casting distance. Love the quick drag set up as well. I will be buying more of these.
Proscasting, smooth reeling, and quick drag
ConsNeeds larger knob on handle.
By Chris
May 4, 2017
Awesome Reel!!
Love this reel, super smooth operation, excellent casting, super smooth drag, will definitely buy another soon. Highly recommend this reel.
By Loca
Dirty jersey
April 26, 2017
Leaving others speechless
Wanna shown off your casting skills ? Beat everyone else and use shimano
By Val
New York
March 28, 2017
good casting reel
I own the penn spinfisher 7500 long cast version and overall it's a great reel but a bit on the heavy side. I decided to give the xtd 5500 a try since it's about ~10oz lighter than the penn and paired it with Daiwa Coastal Salt Pro Surf 10.6 (got the rod on sale @tackledirect for $99). I took it out for a spin this past weekend and I got about 100-120 yards on the combo and im no expert at casting by all means....and should mention that im using the 30lbs power pro super slick (which i think gets more distance due to its slick coating). Overall im happy with the xtd 5500 only drawback is that it's not water proof.
By Larry
March 24, 2017
Great prices great service fast shipping you guys are awesome
19 Questions & 19 Answers
from NORTH CAROLINA asked:
November 22, 2017
How much bigger is the 14000 from the 5500?
1 Answers
slightly larger, spool is bigger on the 14000 and also weighs 21.9 oz's compared to 17.3 for the 5500.
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 Answers
Yes, this reel is meant for saltwater more specifically a surf reel.
on June 12, 2017

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

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

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

from Eht asked:
May 1, 2017
What would be a better fit for a 12 foot Tica surf Rod?
1 Answers
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.
on May 2, 2017

from long island, ny asked:
March 31, 2017
Is this reel submergible?
1 Answers
No it is not.
on April 1, 2017

from New Jersey asked:
March 31, 2017
What size XTD would be like Shimano 8000D bait runner in size ? Not smaller Though/
1 Answers
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.
on April 1, 2017

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 Answers
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.
on March 25, 2017

from Massachusetts asked:
March 7, 2017
Whats the best size i should use on my 10' lamiglas king surf rod?
1 Answers
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.
on March 8, 2017

from richmond hill, New York asked:
March 6, 2017
How does it compare to the penn spinfisher v 7500LC for distance?
1 Answers
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.
on March 7, 2017

from Maine asked:
March 4, 2017
What is the difference between the XTD and Ultra CI4 XSB?
1 Answers
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.
on March 6, 2017

from Hawaii asked:
February 19, 2017
Does it come with an extra spool and/or spacers?
1 Answers
Yes the Ultegra XTD comes with a spare spool and several spool size reducing spacers.
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 Answers
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.
on February 18, 2017

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 Answers
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.
on February 15, 2017

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

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 Answers
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.
on January 27, 2017

James Kershaw
from Charlotte, NC asked:
January 26, 2017
How much braid line will it hold Say 30lb braid?
1 Answers
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.
on January 27, 2017

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


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