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The Best Spinning Reels Under $400

SHIMANO SARAGOSA SW

Saragosa SW a true glutton for punishment, the legacy of the versatile Saragosa SW starts a new chapter in 2020 with enhanced capabilities and features to dominate the saltwater realm. The Saragosa SW now features Infinity Drive Technology and increases the reel’s winding torque under load compared to its predecessor to give anglers a distinct advantage over hard fighting game fish. Combined with a battle-tested rigid HAGANE Body that won’t flex under immense loads and the HAGANE Gear to create eternally smooth reeling, the capabilities of the Saragosa SW make it a thoroughbred workhorse among saltwater spinning reels. Benefiting from an IPX8-rated waterproof body, Saragosa SW also features a waterproof Cross Carbon drag and X-Protect for high-level water resistance to create long-lasting durability without sacrificing performance. No matter whether anglers are fishing inshore or offshore, jigging for bottom fish or casting baits at tailing fish, they can count on — just like they always have — the Saragosa SW to stay smooth no matter the conditions and perform when needed most. The bar is raised for saltwater spinning reels.

Shimano Saragosa SW Fetures

  • Cold Forged Main Gear
  • IPX8 Waterproofing
  • Propulsion Line Mangement
  • Shielded Bearings
  • Waterproof Drag
  • X-Protect water repellent coating & channeling
  • 12 caskets
  • The pinion gear is support by ball bearings on both ends
  • Price range $300-470
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Shimano Saragos

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      Pros

      Cons

• Nearly waterproof

• Not fully waterproof

• Smooth

• Less drag the Stella

• Big drag system

• More expensive that Spheros SW

Model

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Weight

10000APG​​ 

5+1

50/360, 65/290, 80/215

Carbon Fiber

4.9:1

33

40

24.3

14000AXG​​ 

5+1

50/400, 65/315, 80/240

Carbon Fiber

6.2:1

33

53

24.7

18000AHG​​ 

6+1

50/600, 65/440, 80/360

Carbon Fiber

5.7:1

44

51

32.3

20000APG​​ 

6+1

65/90, 80/400, 100/340

Carbon Fiber

4.4:1

44

41

33

25000A​​ 

6+1

65/630, 80/520, 100/440

Carbon Fiber

4.4:1

44

45

33.9

5000AXG​​ 

5+1

20/245, 30/225, 40/175

Carbon Fiber

6.2:1

22

41

15.9

6000AHG​​ 

5+1

30/295, 50/195, 65/140

Carbon Fiber

5.7:1

22

41

16

8000AHG​​ 

5+1

40/340, 50/265, 65/215

Carbon Fiber

5.6:1

35

42

23.8

Shimano Thunnus CI4

Thunnus CI4 Lightweight and the power to stop big fish. Not a sentence you are used to hearing! Seemingly against the laws of nature. Thunnus takes a page from our Bicycle division using Carbon materials in high-impact situations. Thunnus CI4 is a response to all the anglers out there in love with the ease of use and functionality that wanted the reel to shed some weight. Thunnus CI4 is up to 7 ounces lighter than its predecessor without sacrificing any power. Quite the opposite! Due to new drag systems for the Main Drag and the Baitrunner drag Thunnus CI4 is the most efficient live bait spinning reel on the market with unmatched adjustability for fishing any bait in any condition as well as the smooth stopping power that this generation of Thunnus will be known for.

Shimano Thunnus CI4 Features

  • Lightweight CI4 Frame and Rotor
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Cross Carbon Drag
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Floating Shaft
  • A-RB ball bearings
  • CI4+ The ultimate in a lightweight design.
  • Propulsion Line Management System
  • Smooth
  • Super Stopper II one-way roller bearing
  • Price range $420-430
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Shimano Thunnus CI4

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      Pros

      Cons

• Light Weight

• Price

• Very Powerful


• Propulsion Line Management system


Model#

Bearings

Braid lb/yds

Max Drag (lb)

Ratio

Recovery Rate

Weight (oz)

4000CI4​​ 

6+1

15/270, 20/190, 40/145

15

4.8:1

30

12.7

6000CI4​​ 

6+1

30/245, 50/210, 65/130

20

4.8:1

35

18

8000CI4​​ 

6+1

14/295, 16/350, 20/265

20

4.8:1

36

19.4

12000CI4​​ 

6+1

50/505, 65/310, 80/230

25

4.4:1

37

27.7

Tsunami Salt X

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The SaltX Spinning Reel is a new and exciting saltwater workhorse from Tsunami! Featuring a forged and CNC machined A6061 Aluminum body and rotor, fourteen seals including a sealed hammer drag system it can stand up to some salty abuse.  A 7 sealed stainless steel ball-bearing system plus one anti-reverse bearing gives you plenty of stopping power.

The reel also includes a manually closing bail as well as a one-piece machined handle with a round non-slip power knob.

Retrieve is easily reversible from left to right using the provided wrench.

Features Tsunami Salt X

  • Forged and CNC machined A6061 Aluminum Body and Rotor
  • Fully Sealed Design Utilizes 14 Seals
  • Sealed Hammer Drag System
  • Digitally optimized S Drive Stainless Steel Face Gear
  • 7 Sealed Stainless Steel Ball Bearings plus One Anti-Reverse bearing
  • Rotor brake with manually closing bail
  • Price range $370-400
    Tsunami Salt X

    Tsunami Salt X

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      Pros

      Cons

• Price

• Only comes in 2 sizes

• Large line capacity and strong drag

• Factory maintanence is outsourced

• You can crank it underwater

• Includes wrench for sideplate

• Can convert from left to right handle

• Includes a manual bail kit

Model

Bearings

Ratio

Braid Yd/Lb

Drag

Weight (oz)

Recovery Rate

TSSTX4000-BK

7+1

5.1:1

15/420, 20/330, 30/270

50

14.5

33.5"

TSSTX4000

7+1

5.1:1

15/420, 20/330, 30/270

50

14.5

33.5"

TSSTX6000-BK

7+1

4.9:1

30/450, 40/350, 50/300

50

18

38"

TSSTX6000

7+1

4.9:1

30/450, 40/350, 50/300

50

18

38"