Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reels are designed for the serious surf caster. These surf reels provide consistent long-casting performance and Shimano X-Ship for improved durability even under the heaviest loads.
I've been using it for soaking chunks on 3-6oz lead. Its performed well and held up nicely.
ProsSolid drag, holds a ton of line, surprisingly light for it's size
ConsA bit of flex under heavy load (30+lb). I would like it to be more rigid.
August 25, 2019
The real has performed great it holds a massive amount of line.
I have cut all brand of species with this rod from Sturgeon to stripers two flat heads itâ€;™;s a great reel.
ProsDrag, casting, and power great
ConsLittle heavier than others.
By T W.
August 19, 2019
I own 4 of these reels. Sorry to report that after only two seasons of moderate use, with tender loving care, two are reeling in very rough. They are showing signs of internal part failure. I have been avid surf fisherman for over 40 years. These reels are by far the biggest disappointing, fishing purchase, I've made.
ProsLight, well balanced, good price
ConsThe ones I own, are not durable.
Has Disappointing Issues
August 11, 2019
Initially these reels performance is too good to be true. After two seasons of surf tournament fishing, (a grand total of 10 days) and thorough cleaning after each use, these reels tend to be difficult during retrieval, under moderate loads.
I own 4 of these lemons, one cost me 38.00, to replace internal cheaply made parts. Another one is now doing the same crap!
Shimano, is constantly changing their reels, instead of improving the models they have. Buyer beware, Shimano quality control seems to out to lunch!
ProsIn all honesty, I have no positive remarks.
February 20, 2019
Extremely light and smooth. perfect for surf fishing for stripers.
By Patricio S.
January 2, 2019
all perfect! thanks!
Fenwick Island, DE
Very Long Caster
November 7, 2018
I have purchased two of these reels to use on surf rods. I overload line on reels to reduce friction from the front lip of the spool. These reels cast noticeably further than the two that they are replacing and I have not had an issue with wind knots from over loading them. They are FAST retrievers also. Only issue is because they do not have a skirt on the spool they can get line wrapped under the spool and around the spindle if you are not careful.
ProsLong caster. Quick retrieve
Consline can easily get under the spool.
Nice drag for the price!!!!!
October 30, 2018
always been a Penn man, but after looking at reviews on the Shimano reels I might have to try one. I mean 44 lbs of drag for $160, yep that is a good deal
By Vinnie D.
ULT 14000XSD- big bang for the buck!!!
September 5, 2018
Shimano has always been one of my surf fishing reels- purchased this model for my son to pair with a g loomis 11 ft surf rod- he loves it. Long casting, smooth, and solid design. Well worth the $$$
ProsLong cast spools (2), well balanced and smooth, good drag system
By DESHENG Y.
August 20, 2018
By Trung T.
Great Reel best value
August 1, 2018
Totally satisfied this amazing reel
July 21, 2018
The reel is light and balances with my rods from 9 to 13, feet. The spool is long to allow for better dostance. I own 5 of these, and fish hard. Just keep em clean, should last a long time
Nicely made spinner
July 21, 2018
This is a well made reel that is typical of other Shimano reels I have been using. It is smooth, relatively light weight for its size and holds a ton of braid. All at a reasonable price.
Good reel for the money!
April 25, 2018
Good reel for the money. I put it on a 10.5 ' medium action rod for surf fishing in Monterey Bay , CA. and it casts a mile. The reel is very smooth. I would suggest using backing on both the spools as it holds an incredible amount of 30 lb. braid. The drag is very smooth and adjustable. A couple of things that is troublesome is the bail does not lock open sometimes making it necessary to rotate the spool for it to lock in a casting position . Also the bail is hard to close by cranking the handle making it easier to manually close the bail. Overall ,weighing the good points over the bad, for the money, it's a good reel. :)
Long casting system
April 4, 2018
This reel has completed my long casting system. My very first cast with a 4 oz lead get over 120 yard easy with very minimal effort. I pair this reel with 12 foot gloomis imx surf rod
I have a St. Croix Mojo surf 10'6, 2-6 ounce rating surf rod. I will mainly be doing stripe bass and bluefish fishing. Which size should I get also should I be looking at the shimano speedcast surf reel? Does anyone own one?
The speedcast is only available in a 14000 which is good if your fishing larger species while using chunk bait the 5500 Ultegra would be a good match for the 10'6 mojo
What size XTD would be like Shimano 8000D bait runner in size ? Not smaller Though/
The Shimano ULT14000XTD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel would be a similar size reel compared to the Shimano 8000 bait runner. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs and have a great day.
These Ultegra reels comes with Slow and Super Slow oscillation which will not make difficult in spinning ? due to retrieval of lure becoming slow ? That does't make this reels only for the use of casting baits rather than lures. Correct me if this wrong.
The slow oscillation of the Ultegra XTD refers to the rate of the spool moving up and down while cranking. The rotor revolves around the reel at a typical speed, thus wrapping the line around the spool at the same rate, just more parallel. This reel retrieves 41" of line per crank, which is very similar to other types of reels used for surf fishing with lures.
Whats the best size i should use on my 10' lamiglas king surf rod?
The Shimano ULT14000XTD Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel would be a good fit for the Lamiglas King Surf rod. The rod and reel will balance well together. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
How does it compare to the penn spinfisher v 7500LC for distance?
The Spinfisher V 7500LC and the Ultegra XTD use the same principles of an elongated spool and slow rotor oscillation in order to increase casting distance. In terms of casting efficiency they are very similar.
All the media i can find on this reel is for carp fishing but the specs make it seem to be a great prospect for being a saltwater surf reel, possibly for even larger game like tarpon. Is this reel suitable for the florida surf and heavy saltwater conditons?
This reel is indeed very popular among the carp fishing community. However it is designed with long distance surf casting and saltwater fishing in mind, as is all the other models of the Ultegra surf reels.