Shimano Ultegra XTC Reel – Long Cast Fishing Reel for surf and rock Model 14000XTC or 5500 XTC
Substantially upgraded, the brand-new Shimano Ultegra will have you drooling and itching at the bit to get out and throw big baits or large metal lures out for all your favourite beach and rock fish species.
So enhanced is this new model compared to its predecessor (the Ultegra XTB), that we are mind blown Shimano can offer this long cast surf reel for the price they have been able to achieve. Some of the biggest standouts for us when we first saw this reel was that it has X-Protect which is a water repellent system that helps avoid saltwater penetration into the key functioning areas of the reel. This is a massive plus for all you beach anglers out there that are more likely than not, to cop a bit of a splash at some point in time when out fishing in the surf.
The new Shimano Ultegra XTC Reel also has a Ci4+ carbon body which is highly durable and super lightweight for its class. It has Hagane gearing technology, these gears are the best in the market, they are cold forged making them ultra-strong and continue to perform in peak condition for much longer compared to machine cut gearing. Combined with X-Ship gearing technology you have a reel that will produce powerful winding performance, perfect for targeting the likes of mulloway, salmon, tailor, beach sharks and all your other regular surf fishing species.
Another thing to note about the Shimano Ultegra XTC Reel is that it utilizes Shimano’s G-Free body design which basically moves the reels centre of gravity closer in line with the rod translating to better alignment of the rod and reel thus resulting in better casting performance and less line slap.
There are two sizes to choose from when ordering the first is the large beast the Shimano Ultegra 14000XTC Reel. This is the best reel for bigger line capacities or heavier line class. Then there is the smaller size which we call more of a mid-sized reel being the Ultegra 5500XTC Reel for lighter applications.
Features and Specifications
- Model: Shimano Ultegra XTC Reel
- Long Cast Fishing Reel
- Suitable for beach and rock fishing
- Hagane & X-Ship Shimano Gearing
- Ci4+ Body
- X-Protect – Water resistance
- 5+1 Shielded ARB Bearings
- Gear ratio: 4.3:1
- AR-C Long Cast Spool
- Shimano G-Free body design
- Amazing max drag capability
Note: Price is for 1 Ultegra XTC fishing reel only. Choose which model you choose to purchase when ordering.
|Model||Reel Size Grade||Approx. mono line capacity||Approx . braid line capacity||Line diameter capacity||Max Drag||Approx weight|
|Shimano Ultegra 14000XTC||Large to XL||548m/6kg||360m/65lb||550m/0.35mm||15kg||540 grams|
|Shimano Ultegra 5500XTC||Medium||410m/5kg||360m/30lb||390m/0.30mm||20kg||455 grams|
Shimano Ultegra XTC Reel Buyer’s Guide
As mentioned above there is one of two sizes to choose from when ordering. The smaller model which we class more of a medium physical sized reel being the 5500XTC Reel and the 14000XTC fishing reel which we call a large to extra-large sized reel in a physical sense.
Shimano Ultegra 14000XTC Reel (Large/XL Physical Size)
Our largest long cast fishing reel is designed for a large line capacity or its ability to fish very heavy lines. For example, you can fit around 360 metres of 65lb power pro braid on this reel. This model is ideal for surf fishing targeting species like mulloway, salmon, tailor, beach shark and a whole range of other usual species that reside in surf side gutters. We recommend matching the Ultegra 14000XTC reel up to a 12ft plus sized beach rod with a line rating above 6kg.
Shimano Ultegra 5500XTC Reel (Medium Physical Size)
Is a versatile size. Perfect for the surf caster on a 10-12ft+ rod targeting mulloway, salmon, tailor, whiting, dart and a host of other surf species, but also a great size for casting lures or baits from rock platforms on a 9-10ft rod. We recommend picking a rod that has a line rating of 5kg+
Benefits and Summary
- X-Protect is included. A system that does not inhibit the performance of the reel but helps to keep the elements out including saltwater from the key components of the reel. As surf casters are likely at some point to take a splash, this makes a key benefit.
- Hagane and X-ship gearing are incorporated for maximum strength and long-lasting gearing.
- Amazing max drag capabilities means you can fish heavier class braid lines on this reel if you desire.
- Ultegra XTC reels are built with long distance casting in mind. This has been achieved with the G-free body design, AR-C spool and light weight CI4+ body. Designed to maximise casting distance.
If you are looking for a new beach or rock fishing reel that is designed to maximize casting distance then make sure you consider the Shimano Ultegra XTC Reel at the top of your list. We deliver worldwide.