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When it comes to saltwater fishing, the right reel with the right features plays a big part for a successful day on the water.
By Fred Golofaro

Shimano’s thorough understanding of this ‘right reel’ is made clear with the new, re-designed Stella SW 8000PG, 8000HG, 10000PG, 14000XG, soon to be available from select tackle shops in mid-March.

Joining Shimano’s proven cold-forged HAGANE gears for lasting durability and smoothness and ultra-durable HAGANE body, the four new Stella SW reels introduce Shimano’s new Infinity Drive technology and HeatSink drag to serious saltwater anglers.
Shimano’s Infinity Drive improves the winding experience of these new Stella SW reels through the use of new main shaft supporting structure to eliminate friction within the pinion gear, and increasing winding torque by 26 percent. The result is an incredibly smooth and light rotation when fighting a big striper or tuna.

Especially when fighting bigger fish like yellowfin tuna and 50-pound-plus class stripers, anglers will quickly notice the advantages of Shimano’s HeatSink drag – offered on the Stella SW 10000PG and 14000XG. This new technology dissipates the heat build-up when hooked into a big fish to a special ‘heat sink’ insulation sheet, keeping heat away from the spool surface and drag washer where it can cause the drag to not function effectively.

Featuring Shimano’s proven Cross Carbon Drag, the Stella SW 8000 size reels, both the 4.9:1 gear ratio PG version and 5.6:1 gear ratio XG version, are designed for use with braided line only. The drastic reduction in weight to these reels over past versions, and the new lightweight spool design, prevents braided line from spreading and retracting like monofilament.

To handle the effects of saltwater on the reels, the new Stella SW models feature an IPX8-reated waterproof body. Combine all of these features and it’s easy to see why some anglers consider these Stella reels the most durable and strongest in the fishing industry. To see the Stella SW reels in action, visit this video featuring noted ‘obsessed’ angler Carter Andrews here - Stella SW action in Baja.

For more information on the new Stella SW Series spinning reels, see your local tackle dealer - visit the Shimano web site at http://fish.shimano.com - or call Shimano’s product support team at 877/577-0600 (6 am to 5 pm Pacific Standard Time).