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12000 baitrunner?

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Ok I'll Bite, I bought the Shimano Baitrunner 8000 late last season. I do like it, got use to the power knob on it. Drag is ok for what I do. typically use it for livelining or dead sticking. The baitrunner lever has been reversed compared to the older models. I occasionally use it for fishing plugs, but it is heavier with the added drag system. the price went up a lot in my opinion, but still worth it.

Do a search here, I am sure there are other reviews on it. I plan on buying the 4000 for freshwater, to liveline shiners and perch for lake trout and Bass.

Good luck, I think you will like it.

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I used to own the 12000D, I'm by no means an expert on the mechanics of the reel, but it does cast nicely and feels a lot more solid and smoother than the cheaper reels i've bought in the past (most okuma baitfeeders).

 

got rid of the 12000D since I dont use it for live-lining, opted for the saragosa instead, but IMHO, you really can't go wrong with the new baitrunner, its solid, smooth drag, sturdy

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If you're casting from shore, I would get the 8000, the 12000 size is really big for repetitive casting, and makes a decent boat reel. 8000 will fit 300yds of 40lb power pro, and is a decent reel for both plugging and bait fishing. Overall, a great reel from my limited experience with it.

 

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mostly from a boat, live lining macs ect. but last year lost some big fish in some pillings and rocks. the drag of the 4500b was locked down and i couldnt stop them. thats my problem :confused:

 

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I have 5 of them,different sizes.I love them.The larger model will tire your arms out quickly if your throwing artificial.Between myself and santa(the bridge king) we would be fishing 20 of them and owning the bridge.We both really like them and have had great success.

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