Most anglers probably don’t realise that the Baitrunner concept was born here in Australia. This style of fishing reel has proven perfect for the flesh and live bait angler as it allows for the fish to take the bait and run, with the Baitrunner mechanism or drag, working like a free spool. This allows the fish to run without any feeling of resistance. The angler then has greater room for timing the strike with greater tolerance for errors. The fish will run without letting go because of resistance. The bait is less likely to be thrown and the chances of sinking the hooks are far greater. Once you strike, simply press the button and the main drag system takes over. Too easy.
The Shimano Baitrunner ST FB Fishing Reel is available in 2 sizes to choose between, the 2500 and 4000. The 2500 is fantastic for working prawns, yabbies and other flesh baits around the jetties, piers wharves and structure for Bream, Flathead and Whiting. While finesse in size, there is more than enough grunt to deal with the common species you will encounter in these locations.
The 4000 offers a little more scope for chasing more demanding species. Snapper anglers love baitrunner style fishing reels. The technique is perfect for dropping squid down to the red monster and allowing it to run off with it before striking. Fishing for Luderick from sea walls is also fantastic with the 4000. You have all the grunt you need for larger specimen and, the Shimano ST Baitrunner system allows you to feed line out to keep the float sitting properly and therefore present baits naturally.
There is a lot to like about the Shimano Baitrunner ST FB Fishing Reels. Highly affordable, great quality and suited to a broad range of fishing styles, the ST FB has plenty of appeal, particularly for the flesh bait angler and newbie. At this price, purchasing both models in the range is definitely achievable. Cover all angles with the Shimano Baitrunner ST FB Fishing Reels.
♦ Moderate Cast Rating
♦ Moderate Crank Power rating
♦ BTR Front Drag
♦ Baitrunner System
♦ Baitrunner ST Series
♦ Ball bearings: 1+1
♦ Images for illustration only, slight differences may occur. Price is for 1 reel only, choose the model size you require when ordering.
Gear Ratio: 5.2:1
Max Drag: 3.0kg
Approx Mono Capacity: 3kg/183
Weight: Approx 300 grams
Gear Ratio: 5.1:1
Max Drag: 6.0kg
Approx Mono Capacity: 4kg/219
Weight: Approx 350 grams
Shimano ST Baitrunner reels are designed primarily for inshore fishing in lakes, rivers etc with the exception of the 4000 which will also double up as a good light offshore reel. We have plenty of rods to match here at Fishing Tackle Shop. Check out our handy selection guide here to point you in the right direction.
♦ Perfect for fishing with flesh baits of all kinds. Allows the fish to run with the bait in its mouth allowing for a better strike range and better hook up percentage.
♦ An ideal model for learning how to use drag and time strikes. Excellent entry level kit for gaining understanding of fish behaviour and fishing technique.
♦ Ideal for Braid and mono. The newbie can learn with mono and then switch confidently to braid
The Shimano Baitrunner ST FB Fishing Reel 2500 or 4000 has been on the market for quite a while now and has enjoyed amazing popularity with anglers of all experience levels. For the newbie looking to get a broad education in understanding drag and strike technique, it doesn’t get better or more affordable than this.