22 Reviews
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86% Recommend this product (19 of 22 responses)
By robert
shell beach louisana
great light to heavy fishing reel
June 11, 2022
i have had a lot of reels fishing for over 55 years specks, red fish in the hopedale area louisana, The reel is smooth , cast a long distance, and with 30lb. power pro line , have landed 30lb red fish. More then i have ever expected from a reel,
By Tony S.
Kintnersville, PA
You won't be disappointed!
June 6, 2022
I've got a Sahara C3000 spooled with 20lb Nomad Panderra, maybe 150 yds. I don't remember exactly how much got on the spool. This reel was smooth out of the box, but after using it for 3 months, and I use it 4 days a week, it has gotten smooth as silk. I could not be happier. The drag is so smooth. Whether I've got a Crappie, Bass, or a 10 lb Catfish, the drag is smooth. The retrieve is Shimano quality. I've never turned the handle on a Shimano I didn't like. I can't believe I got this quality at this price point
ProsFit and finish Drag Smoothness
By Walt
Great reel
December 23, 2021
I firmly believe in Shimano reels . Own several ,this reel is perfect for going after Reds on the Gulf coast.The price and shipping are excellent.Good company to do business with.
ProsHolds adequate amount of line and smooth retrieve
By Jim W.
South Sound Washington State
Very nice spinning reel; Great value
November 9, 2021
1000FI is great reel for light tackle lake kayak fishing; 500 size works nicely for ultralight, also.
ProsVery smooth retrieve and casting; drag also very smooth.
ConsBut wish it had reverse switch for light tackle lake trolling.
By Jake
Line Capacity Error
August 6, 2021
Line capacity on the C5000 is stamped at 175m at .35mm diameter. I had a 135m (150yd) spool of .36mm braid. I was unable to even finish getting the full 135m on before the reel was maxed out. Reel feels great, lightweight, smooth, strong drag. But, need to be able to have at least a full 150yd spool on there.
By Gearhead
Mission Viejo, CA
Smoothest reel I've ever owned!
March 22, 2021
Seems robust enough for inshore saltwater use. TackleDirect shipping was fast and flawless.
By Louis B.
Good reel but not GREAT
March 14, 2021
Bought 2 of the 5000 series (from a different retailer) and out if the package,one was grinding and locking up. Took it apart,and shocked at all the plastic and cheap pot metal. Returned it for another. After a season of use,they both caught nice sized largemouth bass,and giant bowfin,and both worked great,with the exception that the reel lip makes long casting any distance difficult unless the spool is filled....much less,and I'm talking a minute amount less....and distance suffers. Food for thought.... I also bought Shimano FX reels and a Sienna,which are the same reels just rebranded....and they're the same reel basically as the Sahara,just a couple less bearings. All in all...they serve their purpose,but for me,when the time comes to replace them,I'll stick with the $22 FX models which are just as smooth and catch fish just as well.
A legendary reel...
January 1, 2021
The Shimano Sahara is not a new fancy reel in the market. The Sahara model is a outstanding reel for surf spinning or fresh water whit a solid reputation of performance and quality. In special when you fish in water whit big and strong fish near shore line. Low weight, very god recovery line rate and strong drag.
ProsPrice and performance.
By Anita
New york
great fresh water reel...
December 16, 2020
Purchased this for ultra light fresh water use. nice smooth reel.
By Aarron
Super Smooth!
August 1, 2020
i bought this reel about a year ago and just recently put braid on it for the first time. I spooled it up with 10lb Power Pro, and it casts a mile!! For the price you just can't beat how smooth it is and how far it cast!
By Patrick
Bangor, PA
Super smooth
July 29, 2020
I replaced an old spyrex with this in the 3500hg and wow! What an improvement! Definitely worth the 80 dollar. Really smooth.... REALLY SMOOTH! reel.
ConsIts got a little weight. Makes it feel like quality. Maybe not a con.
By denes
germantown, NY
Awesome reel for almost any price, excellent price too
May 10, 2020
Got (4) 2500's and (1) 1000 saharas and love very one of them. Hands down by far the best ultralite 1000 series reel I ever bought. I never truely loved a freshwater reel since my quantum snapshots...... But, this reel makes me totally forget about them....... Smooth as glass, great line lay, quiet, and good drag...... Line never gets caught under the spool....
ProsGreat reel at any price. Great price too
By Nick
Mantua, NJ
Smooth & Beautiful
May 10, 2020
Shimano has always been my reel of choice. I've bought $20 shimano reels that have held up over the years and have caught some nice fish too. So I was expecting the best with the Sahara. Shimano did not fail. The reel not only looks great it performs as well. It casts a country mile and is smooth as heck. My expectations were met with this reel, well done shimano.
ProsGreat reel for the price Smooth Drag Looks good Cast a mile
By Manuel
Reston, VA
Great reel
May 4, 2020
I bought a Sedona 1000 and a Sahara 1000 at the same time, 8 years ago, primarily for trout and shad fishing. From day one I had problems with the line on the Sahara; I thought I was over spooling so I made sure not to go over what's recommended. 2 or 3 Ok casts, and then a nightmare, a complete mess of line all over. Try mono, flouro, braid, same problem. After few years I decided to give it away. Last year I came across a Sahara 2500 used, really like new, for a real bargain. Decided to buy it and I couldn't be more happy. Great reel!
ProsLightweight, powerful drag, good price
By Reese
Johns island, SC
I had a Sahara that lasted me 7 years
February 7, 2020
Great reel smooth durable jut overall well built and long lasting no complaints
By Galileo
San Diego , California
Really nice reel
June 1, 2019
Really nice reel nice drag and light
ProsPrice, quality
ConsNo seals
By Sherief
Springfield Gardens, NY
Very smooth and powerful
November 28, 2018
I caught a lot of decent sizes with the 3000 size. Very smooth drag and very light reel. very happy with the purchase.
Prosvery light smooth and powerful drag.
By John M.
Venice, Laa
Great inexpensive reel
July 18, 2018
Has a lot great qualities but cheap enough to use in the surf and if it it fails throw it away
By Pinseeker
Panhandle of FL
slays trout and flounder
May 17, 2018
I got this for the wife to use with live bait and artificial. For the money it's very smooth handling and the drag works great. No issues with corrosion, but I rinse and clean more than most probably. To date the drag has handled a 35 inch redfish. Has been a great purchase.
Prossmooth drag, weight
Consnone yet
By Davis
Georgia coast
Tarpon & Permit
August 14, 2017
The reel is light, but strong. The drag is smooth and powerful. We landed several jacks, two tarpon and a permit, the largest was 30lbs, on the 5000 with 225 yards of 20 lb test.
ProsLight weight - all day fish ability
ConsNone - yet
By Mike D.
Chester County PA
Another great Shimano value
April 20, 2017
Was looking for a good reel to wade rivers with for smallmouth. Knowing it will get dunked and banged on lots of rocks, didn't want to break the bank. Phenomenally smooth reel and great drag at this price point. Will buy more Saharas
ProsBest low/mid price point FW spinning reel ever
ConsNone so far
By Dennis
Southwest Florida
Bought this for my wife
March 6, 2017
Shimano reels are always reliable but this is a heavy reel for it's size

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