Shimano Baitrunner Reel Reviews

Best Baitrunner Reels

Best Baitrunner Reels

The Baitrunner reel is synonomous with the Shimano brand.

As a result, this technology has revolutionised carp angling as we know it today.

You’ll  enjoy years of hassle-free carp fishing, whilst each reel is packed full of technology including line management systems, gear control mechanisms and smooth cranking.

Before we jump in, Shimano do have an unfamiliar reel model system.

Some models are labelled ‘RB’ which means this is a rear drag reel, whereas ‘FB’ means front drag.

We hope you enjoy our Shimano Baitrunner Reel Reviews!

Shimano Baitrunner DL Reels ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shimano Baitrunner DL Reels
Shimano Baitrunner DL 10000

Shimano Baitrunner DL Review

A hugely popular baitrunner to the Shimano family, the DL is available both as a rear or front drag option.

Packed full of technology, as you’d expect from Shimano, they also stunning to look at in a sexy gun metal grey finish.

The rear drag models (RB) is available in both the 6000 and 10000 sizes, whilst the front drag reels FB) can be bought in sizes 2500 and 4000 (ideal for predatory fish)

This gives plenty of options for anglers fishing a variety of waters for instance.

Shimano Baitrunner DL Reel Review
Shimano Baitrunner DL - In Action!

Why Choose The DL Baitrunner?

For carp fishermen, the 6000RB is perfect for smaller carp lakes or rivers, whilst the larger 10000RB is more suited to casting heavier lines, especially at range.

Each reel features a classic Shimano AR-C spool, whilst the Varispeed oscillation gives you perfect line lay every time.

It goes without saying that you should know how good the baitrunner facility is, so switching between freespool and ‘fight’ mode can be done seamlessly in seconds.

When you’re lucky enough to have your rig picked up, then the Super Stopper II system will ensure you land your catch every single time.

Another useful technology packed into these baitrunner reels is the Dyna-balance which eliminates wobbling, with the ball bearings really ensuring a smooth feel throughout winding.

Shimano Baitrunner DL reels are truly workhorses.

There not only incredibly reliable, but built to last a lifetime!



  • Gear ratio – 4.8:1
  • Line capacity – 200yds/15lb (240m/0.35mm)


  • Gear ratio – 4.8:1
  • Line capacity – 315yds/15lb (350m/0.35mm)

Reel Features

3 Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
AR-C Line Management System
Cold Forged Aluminium Spool
Spare Spool
Dyna-Balance System
Super Stopper II System
Power Roller
Free Spool System
Powerful and Smooth
Precise Rear Drag or Front Drag

Reel Protection

When not in use, protecting your reels (and cleaning them) can make them last much longer.

Therefore, the neoprene reel covers really help with this, and they’re simple to attach and remove when setting up for instance.

Shimano Baitrunner ST Reels ⭐⭐⭐

Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB

Shimano Baitrunner ST Review

Available in two sizes; 6000 and 10000, these are one of Shimano’s biggest selling reels!

Including (of course) the famous baitrunner technology, there is a lot more under the hood. Its very simple to use, which means novice or experienced anglers will have no problem at all with using them.

Made from XT7 carbon (Shimano’s go-to reel material) means the housing is very strong and robust, no matter how much effort the anglers puts in, while also protecting all the internal mechanisms from the usual wear and tear and of course, the weather.

Both models include a lightweight spool which provides a nice balance no matter what carp rod you choose to pair them with.

In fact, the spool itself contains a ‘lip’ which has proven to prevent wind knots when casting, especially when using a braided mainline. This also really helps with accuracy and minimises line twisting.

Shimano Baitrunner ST Review
Cosmetically, these look stunning!

Why Choose A Baitrunner?

Line lay is perfect due to the Varispeed line technology, now common in most Shimano reels, whilst the  additional Power Roller assists with this,

The dual gearing system ensures parallel line lay which makes spooling your line very easy and hassle free.

Anglers  unfamiliar with a baitrunner reel, should read on.

The presence of a lever, which is located to the rear, can be activated  allowing the reel to engage in freespool mode.

This really helps anglers when playing a fish.

Once hooked, fish can freely run with your line, whilst disengaging will flip back into drag mode.

Simply tighten or loosen as you wish during the action!

Next up is the 6000 Baitrunner ST RB.

This model is ideal for medium sized carp (10 to 20lb) and other species such as pike and zander.

The 10000 model which is the larger size, gives you that extra bit of power for casting further and makes handling bigger fish that little bit easier for you.

Finally, these reels look very sleek with a coating of matt black, are very reliable and industrious, and will last you many years of carp angling.



  • Weight: 550g
  • Ball Bearings: 1
  • Roller Bearings: 1
  • Line Capacity (lb/yds): 10-300
  • Gear Ratio: 4.6:1


  • Weight: 555g
  • Ball Bearings: 1
  • Roller Bearings: 1
  • Line Capacity (lb/yds): 10-545
  • Gear Ratio: 4.6:1

Reel Features

Shielded Stainless Steel Bearings
XT-7 Frame
Double Handle
Cap Bail
Super Stopper II
Power Roller
Diecast Gear

Shimano Baitrunner ST Video

Shimano Baitrunner X-Aero Reels ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shimano Baitrunner X Aero 10000RA

X-Aero Review

A reel that can be described as a cross between the traditional baitrunner reel and a big pit reel.

Utilising Aero technology, long range anglers will fall in love!

Compact, robust and hardworking, its ideal for medium to large sized waters where casting at range is required to reach distant banks or underwater features.

This spool is larger than you would expect, but this is because when winding in, the retrieval rate is a mammoth 99cm!

As a result, with reels that do have a larger diameter spool, this can cause anglers many problems.

Therefore, Shimano have produced Aero Wrap II tech, which is a kind of line management system, which ensures great line lay and minimises any these problems.

The result of a baitrunner and a big pit reel....

Single Handle Reel?

Shimano has responded to requests for a powerful single handle.

Therfore, the options available now include both the 8000 and the 10000 sizes which are both fitted with a single handle.

The 6000 model does, however, retain the dual handle format.

This gives you a great choice to suit your fishing preferences or style.

Next up, and a great invention,  is the line friendly clip which is available on all models.

This allows you to gauge the maximum amount of useable line possible.

X-Aero RA reels really are a great idea for those that have fallen for the baitrunner style, but want to experience this fantastic feature on a big pit reel.

A fantastic addition to Shimano’s (still) growing reputation for producing  quality and reliable carp reels for all styles of angling.

Reel Features

Available in sizes 6000, 8000 and 10000 (the 8000 and 10000 have single handle)
6 shielded A-RB (8 in 6000) plus roller bearing
Ratio of 4.6: 1
Aero Wrap II and 2 speed oscillation
The 10000 recovers 99cm each turn of the handle
ARC Spools
Spare spool
Wider spool than traditional bait runner range
Deeper spool for more line capacity

Shimano X-Aero Baitrunner Video

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