Shimano launch new range of baby Baitrunner fishing reels

Angling Times can this week exclusively reveal that leading tackle manufacturer Shimano is set to add a set of ‘baby’ Baitrunners to its range of free spool fishing reels.

The news comes a week before the company launches its full 2010 line-up and we can announce that there will be two new sizes of reel available - the 2500 and 4000, with both likely to go on to become next season’s best-sellers.

Shimano’s latest launch fits into the existing ST and DL ranges and are simply downsized versions of the world’s favourite freespool reel. The only difference is that the latest offerings have a front drag instead of the conventional rear drag - a feature only currently found on its two Classic Baitrunners.

Prices at the minute are yet to be revealed, but we expect both the new sizes of ST and DL reels to be available for between £50 and £60.

Shimano’s coarse and carp brand manager Richard Griffiths explains the reasons behind the new release:

“People have asked us to make smaller Baitrunners for the last 10 years, but we could never achieve it at the right price. We introduced the DL and ST reels last year, which are the cheapest Baitrunners ever and this has paved the way for these downsized versions.

“The new reels will suit a wide range of anglers, from your pleasure man who targets commercials right through to the specialist who needs to stay light for roving situations on rivers or when stalking,” added Richard.

To give you an idea of the size of the new ST 2500, it weighs in at just 300g, some 210g lighter than the Aero GTE-C 5000, which is Shimano’s current lightest offering with a weight of 510g.

Both the additions to the new ST and DL ranges have a gear ratio of 4.8:1.

The 2500-sized reel will hold 140yds of 8lb line and the 4000 holds 200yds of 10lb.
Features on the least expensive ST include a matt black finish and silver-finished XT-7 spool.

The midnight blue DL is the next step up the Baitrunner ladder and it benefits from a cold forged aluminium spool, diecast drive gear and three shielded stainless steel bearings, which justifies its slightly higher price tag. It also comes with a spare spool.