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Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review – A Great Shimano Ultralight Reel

Shimano Stradic CI4+ Review

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s Magnumlite (MGL) rotor makes it 25% lighter than its predecessors.

 You’ll need less inertia to operate your reel as you can easily start or stop your retrieve. This makes your overall experience smoother.

The center of gravity of the reel has been cleverly moved nearer to the rod, and consequently your hand’s position.

This gives you more comfort and lessens the fatigue and strain of your wrist thanks to the G-Free body design.

Furthermore, it emphasizes your feeling of the strike as well as your fight against your catch.

Check out our guide for Shimano ultralight reels.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ In-Depth Review

Your Shimano Stradic Ci4+ will withstand all kinds of weather and situations thanks to its advanced CoreProtect 360-degree water resistance.

This extends the longevity of the reel and makes it a lot more durable.

Moreover, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s carbon fiber body is super light. At just 6.7 ounces, it can only be compared to higher-end and more expensive reels.

Its gear ratio is 6:1, retrieves 35 inches of line per crank and can handle drags up to 20 pounds.

Both the aluminum spool and super-hard Hagane drive gears are cold forged.

This makes the spool is more powerful and beats the die-cast aluminum or graphite ones while it makes the drive gears smoother and more fluid, especially when under bigger loads.

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is provided with an X-ship combination of features that work together on maximizing the efficiency of the reel.

X-ship delivers a more accurate and smoother gear system that positions a bearing on the pinion.

This exclusively unique addition proves very helpful when you’re in tough situations or if you’re fighting bigger fish.

Moreover, there’s a pinion gear near the center line of the large diameter drive gear which ensures more power going to the rotor instead of the handle.

The pinion gear is supported by 2 Shimano A-RB roller bearings that make the performance of the reel more stable while reducing the pinion gear twist and the deflection of the rotor.

The 6 S A-RB shielded stainless steel ball bearings minimize the chances of any salt, dirt, or water penetrating your reel and messing with its smoothness.

The Super Stopper II anti-reverse utilized on the Stradic Ci4+ allows you to set your hook instantly with no back play in the reel.

It would have been better if the anti-reverse bearing was a little bigger, but it still does an incredible job anyway.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s spool has an improved AR-C design and a power roller. These features help reduce the line twists and wind knots as well as reduce line twist to about half the amount.

As promised, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ has one of the best line management on any spinning reel you can find on the market.

Pros:

  • Drag is very quick
  • Almost complete water resistance
  • Very smooth operation
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Superb line management

Cons:

  • A little less affordable than other rivals
  • The anti-reverse switch could use some enlargement

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Summary

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is an overall great real that gives you value for your money. It has all the features you could seek: lightness, smoothness, strength, and durability at a mid-range price.

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KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III Review – Affordable Ultralight Spinning Reel

The KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III is generally inexpensive and overall great value for the money. At its price range, you’d expect a subpar reel, but that’s not the case here.

It’s suitable for use in saltwater, brackish, and freshwater. You can also use it when fishing for redfish to perch to crappie.

Whether it’s fan-casting, bait fishing, or jigging, the KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III will be able to do it all.

See more: 7 best light reels for the money.

KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III Review

KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III In-Depth Review

It has classic front and rear drag functions. The triple-disc `carbon fiber drag washers can handle up to 17.6 pounds as a maximum drag weight while being very smooth in its operation.

The KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III comes with 10 ball bearings and a roller bearing that are double shielded stainless steel as well as precision alloy gears with 5.1:1 gear ratio and a stainless steel main shaft.

Furthermore, the CNC aluminum Shark Fin Braid Ready Spool has a graphite body that makes it resist corrosion. It also has a spare high strength graphite spool and a computer balanced rotor.

The red and black color scheme makes it pretty attractive.

It’s also equipped with interchangeable left and right hand handle with a sure grip T-handle that gives you the ultimate spinning reel performance.

The KastKing Intrusion shield system extends the reel’s durability while the instant lock anti-reverse helps keep the solid hooksets.

Its reinforced graphite body makes it lightweight at 11.2 ounces. It’s equipped with high-performance brass pinion gears.

It can drag 6 pounds per 235 yards, 8 pounds per 210 yards and 10 pounds per 180 yards. It retrieves 29.9 inches of line per crank.

Pros:

  • The drag is very smooth
  • Sleek design
  • Highly affordable
  • Good value for the money

Cons:

  • Only suitable for smaller fish

KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III Summary

If you’re looking for a spinning reel with light to medium tackle fishing that doesn’t break your budget, the KastKing Sharky Baitfeeder III is the reel for you.

It does everything you ask of it, and a bit more!

However, if you’re looking for a reel that can help you catch big-sized fish, you should go for a stronger reel.

Pflueger Supreme XT Review – A Great Reel for Catching Trout

Pflueger Supreme XT Review

The Pflueger Supreme XT is a reel that comes jam-packed with great features.

Its body, rotor, and side plate are all made of magnesium that is extremely lightweight and durable.

It will definitely endure many years of saltwater fishing as long as you don’t forget to give it a good rinse it with fresh water after.

It has an aluminum spool that is double-anodized to resist corrosion superbly. Add to that, it has machine ported sidewalls that help minimize the weight of your reel.

See more: 5 best spinning reels for Trout you can buy right now.

Pflueger Supreme XT In-Depth Review

The Pflueger Supreme XT’s gear ratio is 6.2:1 and it retrieves 31.8 inches of line per crank.

Its braid capacity is 275 pounds per 6 yards, 190 pounds per 8 yards, and 160 pounds per 10 yards.

The great thing is that Pflueger is capable of keeping its reel’s lightness without sacrificing the strength or durability.

It only weighs around 6.8 ounces and has a maximum drag of 10 pounds which is pretty decently proportionate.

The spool is braid-ready out of the box with rubber ridges that spare you the need to back the spool with mono.

On the top of the spool sits the lightest carbon fiber drag system. It’s completely sealed to help keep the water out of its system and to keep it performing well even under big loads.

The EVA knob is quite compact which makes it a little difficult to adjust.

Once you manage it though, you’re going to enjoy how comfortable it feels and how it gives you a solid grip thanks to the dimples incorporated on either of its sides.

Moreover, the carbon fiber handle gives it a unique look that matches the black and orange quite well.

It also keeps it 21% lighter than the average aluminum handle.

Furthermore, you can switch between left to right-handed retrieve very easily if you want to rest one arm for a while. The anti-reverse switch ensures the firmness of your hook sets.

The sure-click bail design combines many features.

The bail itself is made of solid aluminum and has an anti-twist titanium line roller that keeps your line untangled and smoothly wound onto the spool.

It also makes this snapping sounds when you open the bail preparing to cast.

The Pflueger Supreme XT has a total of 10 stainless steel ball bearings that resist corrosion and deliver a smooth performance.

Pros:

  • Highly portable and light
  • Carbon drag system that is perfectly sealed
  • Anti-rever switch
  • The aluminum spool that comes braid-ready

Cons:

  • The braided line can get stuck inside the bail roller
  • Can be a little bit harder to clean than rival reels
  • The portholes in the spool can make it prone to dirt and grime

Pflueger Supreme XT Summary

The Pflueger Supreme XT isn’t the cheapest reel you can get, but it definitely gives you great value for your money.

Its knob might feel a little hard to adjust at first and it takes a little effort to clean, but when all is said and done, it’s one of the best reels you can get.