April 5, 2019
I wss not sure if I would line this reel because I do not use live bait, I'm a cut bait and plastics fan personally. However I still find the baitrunner incredibly useful for those subtle biting fish.
ProsGreat multi purpose reel
Consspinfisher vi gives it a run for it's money
December 14, 2018
Best live liner!
Love these reels! My third in different sizes and generations. When I’m feeling lazy and chunking or if bass are teasing the eels the Baitrunner feature is perfect. Easy maintenance, very well built!
ProsPrice point, consistency, Shimano!
November 26, 2018
Recently purchased an 8000 own the 4000 and 6000 older models. Extremely reliable and well made. Easy to maintain pleasure to fish.
ProsGreat price, history of reliability.
By Les F.
July 11, 2018
I have all shimano reels from spinning to TDL 20 and TDL 15 and had no trouble until this one. The handle came off in my hand as I was reeling in a fish.
By JAMES L.
May 24, 2018
Go to rig for jigging snapper
Received quickly n used the following weekend. Does a number jigging the elusive American Red Snapper!!
By Dave B.
November 29, 2017
Bait Runners......Incredible reels
I have 5 Baitrunners and they are all more then I could have ever expected!! Have the 1st series, 2nd series, and now what looks like their 3rd series in the BR line ups. I don't think there's a better live liner on the market for the price. BTW I sold all my Penn spinners and haven't looked back.
ProsDurability, function, and factory service.
West Palm Beach, Florida
May 13, 2017
I already have a Shimano Baitrunner 4000 and Shimano Baitrunner 6000. Normally I avoid overly complex fishing gear because simplicity = reliability but the Shimanos have proven themselves in some extreme conditions while saltwater fishing. I bought the 12000 D because of my positive experience with the smaller Shimanos which have been seriously overworked by some large, tough, saltwater fish. The fish lost the those fights all but one time. July 2016 I was night-fishing with the 6000 and got hit and lost 300 yards of line even though the drag was dialed down pretty tight. The 6000 reel still works just fine. I expect to avenge that loss with the 12000 D.
ProsReliable and tough + easy to operate.
ConsNone so far.
Gulf of Mexico
January 26, 2017
Shimano replaces,any broken component after purchase. It's smooth and balanced well. I put mine on a shimano Terez, extra heavy duty, fast action rod.
ProsShimano repair plan is awesome! 20 bucks and they repair/replace or clean every component.
By Charles R.
November 25, 2016
Shimano Baitrunner 8000D
This is a very good reel - the drag is smooth and the range of resistance for the live bait function is very good. Easy positive bail operation and smooth retrieve. Had a great time catching stripers live lining pogies this fall around the Elizabeth Islands. Great value for the money.
August 17, 2016
Reel works excellent for live bait or casting plugs. heavy duty and has handled numerous 30+ lbs stripers since i bought it.
April 22, 2016
Shimano baitrunner 8000d
Purchased one of these reels about a year back. I do mostly fluke and striped fishing with the reel and it's excellent. It's smooth has a pretty good drag and holds a decent amount of line. Although it's on the higher end price worth it's worth the extra money.
March 24, 2016
Great all around Surf Reel
I own 3 different sizes of the baitrunner (8,6 and 4K) and love them all. I use the 8k for chunking bait and the 6k when i am not sure if i will be tossing lures or want to sit back and relax with some bait. Some say the spool size might be a bit small but if you use braid in the 25 lb class it fits plenty. Hopefully Shimano never discontinues this amazing reel, i doubt they will.
March 24, 2016
One of my Fav's
The Shimano baitrunner is one of my favorite all time reels. I use them not only on the boat but also on the surf and the baitrunner feature is amazing. I use this 8000 on my 12 foot surf rod that i use mostly for chunking bait, but also use the 6000 off the surf and the 4000 on the boat. Excellent value for such a quality fishing reel.
new york, NY
August 12, 2015
Awesome reel awesome price. thisis seriously smooth smother than gosa
lake worth, FL
May 7, 2015
awesome reel for small offshore fish and big snook at spillways on live bait
Lake worth, FL
May 3, 2015
this reel is awesome the only problem is it has absolutely no line capacity
March 10, 2015
THE surf bait reel
I've been a Baitrunner user since high school, and still have two of the 4500Bs that I use regularly. I'm steadily upgrading my 4500's to the 6000Ds as I like them and the others have been in service for almost 10 years. I've never had a problem mechanically with this reel, and with annual maintenence and washing with fresh water thoroughly after each use, I don't think I will ever have problems. I use this reel with 30 lb Power Pro super slick and it'll catch just about anything in the east coast surf. If you are on the fence about moving to Shimano or you have never used a baitrunner, you need to give this reel a shot. There is nothing like looking over and seeing your rod bent over and hearing the baitrunner screaming!
ProsBaitrunner Feature Smooth Drag Line Capacity
ConsWill collect sand, but easily washable
March 8, 2015
Best Baitrunner on the Market
Great reel for live bait and casting top water baits.
Lake Worth, Florida
January 23, 2015
I have a baitrunner and it is absolutley my favorite reel that i have. It has great durability and good line capacity. Whenever the one i have now gets worn out i will definetley be buying a new one!
January 22, 2015
I matched up with tsunami airwave elite 10' .. balanced great .. the reel is very.. I mean very smooth.. I have not get the big striper yet, but it works fine with 29" striper..
Prosvery smooth.. cannot compare to other brand reel..
January 22, 2015
Awesome reel for offshore and inshore
December 7, 2014
An all around well built and reliable reel
have used this reel for strippers in New England and drum in TampaBay.The bail handels braided line with 0 problems and the bait drag and reel drag are very smooth.I owned a 3500 before I bought the 6000.They are my favorite reels.
Prosthe bail picks up braided line every time with out getting jammed in the side of the roller unlike competetors reels.great reel for live or any bottom bait and is so sensitive it works when a crab is trying to steal your bait....
November 13, 2014
Great reel for then price.
I own three of these and have caught a lot of big fish on them and they've all held up well.
ProsLots of line capacity and a good overall feel
July 28, 2014
Ultimate Snapper Reel.
If you were only allowed 1 reel for Snapper fishing in Victoria Australia the Baitrunner D 8000 or 12000 would be it. The Shimano Baitrunner D series Reels are the Kings of the seas during our Snapper season, This statement would be shared by any seasoned Victorian Snapper Angler, it is also a fashion crime to be seen without one as you would definitely be the odd man out!
ProsThis Reel is a gift from the fishing Gods!
High Springs, FL
July 8, 2014
Smooth durable performance
I couldn't be happier with the 6000D after several outings. So far everything has performed seamlessly. The rear to front drag transition is an awesome feature. I just ordered a second combo of Star Rods Handcrafted Live Bait and the Shimano Baitrunner D.
Seal Beach, CA
June 4, 2014
8000D Works For Me
I have been using the Baitrunner 8000D since it came out a few years ago and find it to be the best of all worlds. It is light enough for traveling, smooth operation for surf casting with enough drag for fish up to 40 lbs. only because I have not caught anything larger from shore. There is enough line capacity using Power Pro Braid 50 lbs.. This real has performed flawlessly every year with only minor care after each use.
ProsI liked this real so much I purchased a second real for my brother. Great value!
By Captain S.
May 3, 2014
I bought four of these for livelining for stripers.They have smooth drags and have performed nicely so far.
Whidbey Island, WA
August 7, 2013
Worked like a charm.
We used this reel for albacore fishing off the coast of WA and it held up just great. You have to get one fish one and let it take out a fair amount of line so when you reel it in, it tightens down the braided line. It was a kick to used on these fast running fish.
ProsGreat price for a quality reel. Bait runner feature is great!
ConsWish it could hold a full 300 yds of line.
Milton, New York
April 12, 2013
Love these reels. This is the fourth one I now own. Very smooth and great with braid
ProsOverall quality is excellent
December 19, 2012
Best live baiting reel on the market. Built to last.
ProsSturdy, reliable, convenient for live baiting
September 26, 2012
top notch reel
This is a top notch reel. I use it for bait fishing. I've also found the bait runner option to be useful for letting out line when trolling.
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