Shimano Sustain Reel FJ Series Now For Sale at Fishing Tackle Shop
Get excited! as the new Sustain FJ Fishing reel is now for sale at the fishing tackle shop in sizes 2500, 3000, 4000 and 5000. This new model has exceeded our expectations and is now setting a new benchmark for both saltwater and freshwater fishing reels, backed by the fact that Shimano is the number one selling reel brand in both Australia and New Zealand.
The Sustain is a classic that never goes out of style, but the new FJ series from Shimano has us excited for all the new updates and enhancements. This reel will be an amazing addition to any inshore angler’s stock of reels. Whether you are new to fishing or an advanced angler the Shimano Sustain Reel is one that should top the list for your consideration.
A massive stand-out to our tackle store team in regards to the 2021 Sustain FJ release was the announcement that the series now features MicroModule II gearing, X-Ship technology, and Shimano's MGL rotor system. With Shimano's unrivalled manufacturing process, the Sustain FJ will provide exceptional cranking power with a smoothness and fluidity that is unmatched in this price range.
Cross Carbon Drag is a Shimano technology released in 2017 and is still a standard inclusion in the 21 FJ Shimano Sustain Reel. Cross carbon allows a much wider range of drag settings and better stopping power particularly if you use braided lines. All this translates to the smoothest drag performance ever seen in a Shimano reel.
X-Protect is now a mature, but still very current technology and remains part of the Sustain range. X-protect is a special water repellent coating helping to stop water intrusion into the key areas of your reel. What’s more, the X-protect coating is lightweight and does not interfere with reel performance.
One other thing we were also pleased to see in the new model is that Hagane gearing and body have once again been included as standard. Hagane is Shimano’s cold forging process that offers a reel that has ultra-impressive strength.
A few years back I had the opportunity to visit Shimano's factory over in Japan and got a glimpse into how they make their parts. The tour group did some product testing with other brands that use older machine-cut technology. What surprised me most about these tests was which reel came out feeling ultra-smooth compared to others. It was indeed the reel sporting Hagane gearing. For the avoidance of any doubt, we also tested some older Shimano reels with Machine Cut Gears! It turns out Hagane helps give your reel long-lasting durability and makes sure every retrieve feels great from start through the finish, thanks to Shimano’s superior craftsmanship.
Features and Specifications
- Model: Shimano Sustain FJ Reel (2021 Release and Current)
- Replaces the FI Series (made obsolete in 2020)
- Shimano Hagane Cold Forged Gear
- Hagane cold forged G-Free Ci4+ body
- MGL Magnumlite rotor system
- X-Protect water repellent coating
- Cross carbon drag system
- MicroModule II gear technology
- 8+1 ARB Bearings
Note: Images of Sustain FJ are for illustration only. Slight differences can occur between models. Price is for one reel only and price varies depending on which size sustain reel you choose to purchase. Please also note to pay attention to any dates of the Sustain reviews. Any review with a date prior to 2021 is for a superseeded version, sold once on this listing.
|Approx Mono Capacity
|Approx Braid Cap
|Line Capacity in Diameter
|Sustain 2500 FJ
|6lb/200yd, 8lb/140yd, 10lb/120yd
|10/150, 15 lb /145yd
|Sustain 3000 FJ compact
|6lb /230yd, 8lb /170yd, 10lb /140 yd
|10lb /200 yd, 20lb /140 yd
|Sustain 4000 FJ
|8lb /240 yd, 10lb /200yd, 12lb /160yd
|15lb /280yd, 30lb /170yd
|Sustain 5000 FJ
|10lb /240 yd, 12lb /195 yd, 14lb /165 yd
|20lb /220yd, 30lb /200 yd
Shimano Sustain Reel Buyer’s Guide
As there are a couple of different sizes available, we appreciate that some anglers may not be familiar with reel sizing. The following information is intended to prepare you for making the right decision about which size Shimano Sustain reel to purchase for your fishing situation. If you are still unsure just contact us for further advice.
Small Grade Size Sustain Fishing Reels
Included in our small size grade are the Shimano Sustain 2500 reel and Sustain 3000 reel. These reels are typically suited to freshwater and light saltwater fishing styles. Some examples may include targeting bream, bass, flathead, perch, trout and a range of other light-class fish in situations such as rivers, lakes or even dams.
Whist only a basic guide we suggest matching this size class reel up with a rod around 6-7ft 6inches in length ideally with a line rating anywhere between around 2-5kg. It is a suggestion only so feel welcome to go via your own judgement should you wish. Both the 2500 and the 3000 share the same physical body size, it’s just the difference in spool capacities.
Medium Grade Size Sustain Fishing Reels
The Shimano Sustain 4000 and 5000 fishing reel both share the same body size again and are just down to spool capacity. We class the 4000 and 5000 as a medium-sized reel that suits heavy inshore fishing. So, fishing for the likes of big estuary fish such as large flathead, barra and species like murray cod in freshwater. Pair it up to a graphite rod with a rating of around 5-10kg in the vicinity of about 6-7ft 6 inches.
4000 or 5000 sizes also make a great light offshore boat reel for snapper and other general reef fish, especially for using soft plastics and vibes and for this we recommend a rod with around the same line rating, about 5-10kg, and again in the 6ft to 7ft 6-inch rod size.
Lastly, you can also use this reel for a bit of light rock and beach action. We have a range of 9ft shore spin and 10ft – 10ft 6inch light coastline surf rods for sale that will match nicely with the sustain 4000 or sustain 5000 fishing reels with line ratings of 3-5kg plus.
- Hagane gearing is included in the Shimano Sustain Reel, which being cold forged as opposed to machine cut means the gearing is ultra-strong and is designed to last longer. There is less chance of stripping gears and wearing your gears down.
- X-Protect is an excellent feature we are happy to hear is included with the Shimano Sustain Reels. It helps keep the water off all the critical parts of the reel increasing the life span.
- Cross carbon drag system is impressive, it offers excellent max drag capabilities as well as providing ultra-smooth performance.
- Magnumlite rotor will provide less angler fatigue, better reel balance, less inertia and overall better performance.
An amazing new reel from Shimano full of bells and whistles and all for a very affordable investment for the intermediate to advanced angler. We deliver Australia wide, so all that is left is for you to pick a size then buy a Shimano Sustain Reel here at Fishing Tackle Shop, or at least check out all our other Shimano Reels for sale.