Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shimano Stradic Ci4 2500 Spining reel

In the bass fishing industry high quality equipment is being used more and more in regular fishing outings and in tournaments. Fishing rods, reels, and lures are continuing to become more advance to fit the personal preference and style of an angler. After buying the Shimano Stradic Ci4 spinning reel I soon realized how high-tech the industry has become. 

The Shimano Stradic Ci4 not only is comfortable and is lightweight but is also very sleek and popular for its compact red and black look that will make other anglers think twice when they pick up there cheep graphite rod and reel. I have used this reel for a little over seven months now and it has preformed above and beyond my expectations. I put this reel to the test by catching smallies at Dale Hallow Lake and landing chunker largemouth at Mill Creek using finesse techniques in 20ft of water near heavy grass. This reel can preform to any angler's preference.

A stunning look at the Stradic Ci4 on the rocks
This reel weighs 7.0oz. which is less than the original Stradic FI 2500 size. Don't let the EVA foam handles scare you, I've fished in deadly heat and in cold rainy weather and this grip has never let me down by keep its original condition and comfort. Being that this reel only ways 7.0oz. it surprised me that it was in a 2500 size reel and can hold 140yds. of 8lb test and 120yds. of 10lb test. I have paired this ultimate finesse reel with a 7' 2" Shimano Crucial Medium Heavy action dropshot rod for fishing finesse techniques. This killer setup has a total cost of $360 (not including tax) with a weight all under a pound of butter. Think twice before you pick up another inexpensive reel again and choose something that will last and make fishing even more fun. 

--Jon B.