37 Reviews
81% (30)
11% (4)
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3% (1)
5% (2)
92% Recommend this product (34 of 37 responses)
By Kevin
Superb Reel
June 10, 2022
I’ve just gotten back into fishing and surf fishing in particular. I was recommended this reel by a relative and it’s superb. I love how smooth it is both casting and retrieving. If you’re looking for and outstanding reel to get you to that one area, consider this Ultegra.
By Jonathan
Southampton, NY
5500 XTD
May 12, 2022
First off, I am a die hard Penn fan and I love all their spinning reels, but I wanted another long cast reel besides Penns after fishing the conflict ii lc 5500. After a months worth of homework I decided on the Ultegra. I can't believe the quality of this reel. Now its only been through a month of good use catching some stripers and bluefish. Probably a 15 to 25 percent increase in distanced over standard spinning reels. Strong and smooth drag, damn near perfect line lay and the reel istself is very smooth. I am incredibly impress and definitely thinking more so outside of Penn now.
By Samer
Springfield Gardens, NY
Very good quality
September 3, 2021
Smooth as butter, strong drag, and I love that it includes a spare spool and reducers. I only wish it came with a larger power knob, and it's not easy to replace the stock one. I will also be installing ice washers.
ProsCasts long Smooth
ConsKnob could be better
By herb
July 27, 2021
This reel has held up great for surf fishing. As long as you don't dunk it will last many years . It will throw further than any other spinner outside an Aero Technium that I also own and it is in itself an awesome surf reel . They're exceedingly easy to take apart and clean despite some saying they aren't and they look awesome to boot . DON'T USE HEAVY BRAID on them which completely defeats their purpose ,first of all nobody needs braid heavier than 20 pound since 20 pound braid will land fish in the 70 plus pound range in short order . Only thing that disappoints me is that the Ultegra long cast models even in the 14000 size only offer Shimano Super 5 oscillation instead of the superior Super 10 .
ProsAwesome long cast reel capable of far better distances than Shimano's locomotive driven oscillation spinning reels . Hold up over the long haul as superb surf fishing beach reels and lightweight to boot .
ConsNo Super 10 oscillation .
By John M.
Great reel smooth
July 24, 2021
Great reel. Smooth and quite!! With the. Money
ProsQuite and smooth
ConsWish handle would fold
By jim
April 21, 2021
By Anthony
Long Beach, CA
Nice reel for the $
March 27, 2020
I've been using it for soaking chunks on 3-6oz lead. Its performed well and held up nicely.
ProsSolid drag, holds a ton of line, surprisingly light for it's size
ConsA bit of flex under heavy load (30+lb). I would like it to be more rigid.
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.
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
Great reel
February 20, 2019
Extremely light and smooth. perfect for surf fishing for stripers.
By Patricio S.
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
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
August 20, 2018
Nice reel
By Trung T.
Great Reel best value
August 1, 2018
Totally satisfied this amazing reel
By Tom
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. :)
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.
By Jeffrey
Cape Cod, MA
Best Reel Ever
January 14, 2018
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
Shimano ult 14000
January 3, 2018
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
Great Reel
December 30, 2017
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 9â‚" TFO for plugging. This reel casts very far with 30lb. Power Pro Slick 8. Iâ‚"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
Long distance
December 17, 2017
Iâ‚"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 donâ‚"t have to pack it with mono backing
By Tom W.
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Great casting
November 2, 2017
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
Not what i expected
October 24, 2017
The reel is not very smooth the reel feels like it's grinding on retrieving.maybe just a bad reel?
By Francis K.
Great surf reel.
August 18, 2017
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
Best Reel
August 10, 2017
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
Smooth as silk
July 29, 2017
Casts really far, very smooth retrieve,
ProsWell built, great price
By Zak
Great reel!
June 7, 2017
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
Awesome Reel!!
May 4, 2017
Love this reel, super smooth operation, excellent casting, super smooth drag, will definitely buy another soon. Highly recommend this reel.
By Loca
Dirty jersey
Leaving others speechless
April 26, 2017
Wanna shown off your casting skills ? Beat everyone else and use shimano
By Val
New York
good casting reel
March 28, 2017
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

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