Ok so I have to admit it I am just a little bit excited as I have just picked up my new set of 3 Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTC reels. I have been using the original Shimano Big Pit Baitrunner reels and have had them for about 7 years, they have done me proud but they are not as good as they once were. The clutches are not as smooth and there is a little damage to one of the spools plus rodent damage to the handles. I also do not use the baitrunner as much these day
So the search was on for set of new reels, with a budget set and after a lot of research I had narrowed it down to 3 reels. The Fox FX11, the Sonik Tournos or the Shimano Ultegra. Hand on heart the reason why I chose the Ultegra’s over the others in the end came down to the fact that I have used Shimano reels for years and years and for different types of fishing (Barbel, Carp and Pike) and they have never let me down. So really it was just a confidence thing!
The reel does have a few other features that I really like. Being a bit pit reel it has a huge line capacity coupled with a long tapered spool (and a spare spool which is a massive bonus as it seems rare to get one these days). Shimano claim that the design of the spool will assist with long accurate casts and I really hope that this is the case as I need all the help I can get in these 2 departments. The XTC model incorporates the Baitrunner 2 spool system which means that you have two front drags and each one is adjusted individually. The inner drag is set to your preferred fish playing setting and the outer drag allows you to go from free running to fighting drag in about a quarter of a turn.
I hope I have made the right choice but only time will tell. I will follow up this post in the future once I have used the reels a few times and fingers crossed caught a fish or two!
All the best