Shimano Saragosa: a big reel for big fish

Make no mistake about it. These are big-fish reels.

Shimano’s Saragosa series of spinning reels has added two sizes and now offers anglers fishing for big fish with eight different reels.

The 14000XG and 18000HG reels, introduced at last summer’s ICAST show, are great for casting or jigging up big fish, featuring Shimano’s cold-forged HAGANE gears for lasting durability and smoothness, an ultra-durable, waterproof HAGANE body, the Infinity Drive feature and waterproof Cross Carbon drag.

The 14000XG is ideal for casting pencil baits and deep jigging. It pulls in 53 inches of line per turn of the handle. The spool capacity is 315 yards of 65-pound test PowerPro or 260 yards of 20-pound mono. The 18000HG, returns 51 inches of line per crank with its 5.7:1 gear ratio and it holds up to 440 yards of 65-pound test PowerPro or 340 yards of 25-pound mono.

MSRP: $299 and $349.

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