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Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels

Paladin gear durability enhancement  Propulsion line management system  S A-RB shielded ball bearings  High speed retrieves  Stopperless design (no anti-reverse switch)  Aluminum frame  Graphite rotor (aluminum on 14000 & 18000 sizes)  Power roller III line roller  S-Arm cam  one-piece bail wire  aerowave oscillation (3000-8000 sizes only)  Aero wrap oscillation (14000 & 18000 sizes only)  Super stopper II anti-reverse  5+1 bearings (6+1 on 14000 & 18000 sizes)  Direct drive mechanism  Machined aluminum handle shank  Dyna-balance  Fluidrive II  Cold forged Aluminum Spool  Drilled Spool Skirt  Titanium Spool Lip  Waterproof Drag  Easy Access Drag Washers  Dartainium drag (6000-18000 sizes only)  Ergonomic handle grips  Septon handle grips  Repairable clicker    Line recovery in inches per handle turn.Shimano Saragosa Offshore Spinning Reels feature Paladin® gear durability enhancement, propulsion line management system, S A-RB® shielded ball bearings, high-speed retrieves, stopperless design (no anti-reverse switch) aluminum frame, graphite rotor, Power Roller® III line roller, Super Stopper II Anti-Reverse, Aerowave® oscillation (3000-8000 models), Aero Wrap® oscillation (14000-18000 models). Tackle the toughest species and conditions with elegance and power. Up to 44 pounds of drag to stop even the meanest offshore fish.  
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Questions & Answers for Shimano Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels

Question

Saragossa 6000 good for braid?

want to go with the 6000 and put on 30lb. braid.
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
shadowdog3
 - San Diego, CA.
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
4 answers
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answer 1
I have the 8000 loaded with power pro and LOVE the reel use it alot for throewing jigs to cobia and shallow snapper fishing.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
by
MSGCFishing
 - MS Gulf Coast
answer 2
I put 50lb power pro on my 6000, just happened to have a spool. I use 12lb mono for backing under the power pro. Casts and retrieves very well.
answered 4 years ago
by
triplecrown
 - va
answer 3
40 or 50 would be even better.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
by
reelax
 - Galveston
answer 4
I use a 6000 loaded with 35lb Rapala dynabraid for Zander and Wels Catfish. The combination works really well and the clutch is creamy smooth, great for the confidence when using lighter leaders on the big Cats.
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answered 4 years, 3 months ago
by
HaciendaAngling
 - River Ebro Spain
Question

Which one is better reel for shallow water (salt) the Shimano Saragosa or the Shimano Sustain FE?

I’m looking for a reel that I don’t have to be maintaining frequently. Necessary to have a salt water resistant body and an inside free corrosion mechanism. To make simple, I want to invest a in a reel that will last long. Hellp me to decide. What about the slammer from Penn?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
by
torito
 - McAllen Texas
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
2 answers
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answer 1
Saragosa 4000 all the way
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
by
Tarponking954
 - Miami florida
answer 2
Had the same question and kept going back and forth on it but contacted a rep w/ shimano - his recommendation and i went with the saragosa 4000 - couldn't be happier. This reel is probably as close to a stella as you will get.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
by
reelax
 - Galveston
Question

How much drag do I need for Grouper, Red Snapper or AJ?

I fish at gulf and about to get me a reel since I am sick of using old reels on fishing trips. I hear different suggestions on "how much drag I would need" to catch grouper, Aj or red snappers. I am seriously interested in Shimano SRG18000F which max drag is 44lb. Do I need to look into Fin Nor for more drag or should I stick to Shimano? I got my hands on to compare and Shimano seems much smoother. SOme say I ned about 60 lb of drag on my reel to be able to get larger groupers from the bottom. I am open to any suggestions. thank you.
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
by
kenfl74
 - FL
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
2 answers
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answer 1
The Saragosa is your best option. I use only 25lbs of drag on stubborn AJs up to 100lbs. I've also used the Fin Nor 95 before and returned it after 1trip, not worth the money. Go with the Saragosa.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
jarosh
 - virginia
answer 2
Depends on where you are catching the AJ's. If on an oil rig yes you need 50 plus # of drag because with a big AJ you will need to slam the drag and get the fish out of the rig with the boat then fight the fish. Snapper, even large 20 plus# fish can be handled with 25-30# of drag. Grouper can be handled with 50# of drag fairly well. I have the Saragossa 18000 on a Terez and have caught all 40-50# AJ's 20#Snapper and 60# grouper.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
by
MSGCFishing
Question

i don't what reel to get the shimano saragaso or the shimano thunnus? Also what size reel for a 7ft st.croix rod?

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
by
delawarefisherman
 - Delaware
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
2 answers
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answer 1
This isn't really a direct answer I guess, more like my "2 cents". Like you, I was also comparing the Saragosa to the Thunnus when trying to find my next saltwater reel. For me, it came down to the applications to which I will use the reel for and the Thunnus is really much more reel than I need. Notice that the highest gear ratio the Thunnus provides is 4.8:1. This thing is a tank for hauling in the big fish, such as Tuna (which is what Thunnus actually means). The Thunnus is also a "baitrunner", allowing you to feed out line while keeping the bail closed. Again, this feature isn't something I needed as I mostly fish artificial baits or I jig bait on the bottom for ground fish. So where the Saragosa can serve as an all purpose offshore rod (can be inshore too, no reason why it can't be), the Thunnus can serve a few more specific applications when using it's specifically designed features. Other than that, I would carefully read through the descriptions and the features to see if there is anything that would entice you to choose one over the other.

As for which size for your rod, I also have a 7'0 St.Croix rod (an Avid Inshore to be exact), and I went with the 4000 size for the Saragosa and the balance is great. Even the 3000, if you can find it, would probably balance nicely too. I also have an equivalent reel to the 5000 size but it's simply too much reel for my rod. I can't say which size Thunnus would fit best since I haven't handled one in person.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
p8s4h
 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
answer 2
Love my Saragosa. great drag system. The rod should have a line or lure wt. printed on it. Use that as your guide. you can put a 3000 or 18000 or anything in between on a 7 ft. rod depending on weight of rod
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
by
MSGCFishing
Question

What is the difference between an offshore and inshore spinning reel?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
2 answers
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answer 1
Usually it's a difference between how well the reel is sealed from the outside elements. Saltwater inside of a reel is like acid. But each mfgs definition of this will carry.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
jarosh
 - virginia
answer 2
I am by no means an expert, but generally speaking, offshore reels provide more power and toughness for catching bigger species of fish you'll find in open waters. These reels are may have full metal bodies, tougher gears, better bearings, etc.. They may provide anti-rust/corrosion protection especially for the bearings and drag, some may be sealed or "water tight". Inshore reels tend to be more designed for catching smaller species of fish you'll find inshore. They can be better suited towards lighter set ups (e.g. lower lb test line, light/medium action rod, smaller baits). A lot of inshore reels have higher gear ratios than you'll see in offshore reels. Lower gear ratios in offshore reels provide that extra torque you need when reeling in the big one, but can be unnecessary when reeling in much smaller fish.

Again, I'm no expert. This is simply my opinion based on my experience using both types of reels and also what I've read.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
p8s4h
 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Question

Can i find a spare spool 8000 for my saragosa?

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
kika
 - Cyprus
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
1 answer
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answer 1
Did you call Shimano? You should be able to order it as a spare/replacement part.
answered 4 years ago
by
triplecrown
 - va
Question

Saragosa for GT popping?

Can Saragosa 8000 / 14000 be used for GT popping?

Do the drag washers of the Saragosa need to be changed to "Carbontex"?
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
by
Ashok
 - India
on Shimano® Saragosa® Offshore Spinning Reels
1 answer
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answer 1
Why yes able to hand those fish.
Add washer if u like, but factory wash will work and you will still catch those tuna.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
by
Fish2play
 - Texas
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