Shimano Stradic FK 5000 Review

Shimano Stradic FK 5000 Review

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We are back with yet another Shimano review, today we are taking a detailed look into the FK 5000 model to see how good it really is and how it compares to the competition, we will give a run down of the features, good points and also bad points (you can check the current price and more info on Amazon here).

If you are on the fence about whether this reel then our Shimano Stradic FK 5000 review should hopefully give you some help. Although it has a couple of drawbacks, it is an overall durable, easy to use, and highly functional reel.

Features & Specs

Let’s take a detailed look at the main features of the Stradic FK 5000. There’s quite a bit to talk about here;

Gear Ratio & Line Retrieve

The Stradic FK 5000 has a 6.2:1 gear ratio, this is quite the high gear ratio for a spinning reel. It allows you to retrieve 41 inches of line per crank. That is a whole lot of line that can be retrieved with the single turn of the handle.

This makes this particular reel ideal for fast action fishing, for finesse fishing, and for any fishing technique where you need the line and lure to move really fast. Generally speaking, this is ideal when angling for smaller fish, but not really for bigger fish.

Large fighting fish usually require a smaller gear ratio so you can really tire them out and muscle them back in.

The Bearings

Something that definitely needs to be mentioned about the FK 5000 is that it features 6 S A ball bearings in the spool. The ball bearings used here are of a very high quality and have a great rating.

This means that the spool on this thing moves very well, which is also true for the handle, which features a single roller bearing.

The main point here is that the high quality roller and ball bearings allow for really smooth and fluid casting as well as smooth retrieval. It’s an important aspect no doubt.

The Drag System

The FK 5000 comes with a nice 24 pound drag system. Of course, the drag system on any fishing reel is quite important, as it stops your line from snapping if the fish on the other end applies a certain amount of force.

Yes, it does stop the line from being pulled out, but if the fish applies too much force, in this case 24 pounds, the line will be pulled out, thus stopping it from snapping. Yeah, the drag system here is adjustable and it goes up to 24 pounds, which is not bad.

As you can probably tell, this reel is designed for small and medium fish, but it probably won’t do so well for any fish over 23 or 24 pounds, especially where the drag is concerned.

Line Capacity

The Stradic FK 5000 does have pretty decent line capacity, which is probably important for a lot of people out there. When it comes to your average monofilament line, this reel can hold 240 yards of 10 pound test line, 195 yards of 12 pound test line, and 165 yards of 14 pound test line.

As you can probably tell, this reel is designed for pretty light line. Although it can hold a good deal of it, the line it is made to hold just is not that tough.

Once again, this means that this reel is best for smaller and medium size fish, but not for anything too big. In terms of PowerPro or braided line, this reel can hold 220 yards of 20 pound test line, 200 yards of 30 pound line, and 160 yards of 40 pound line.

In the case of braided line, yes, this reel can hold pretty strong line, but really only a limited quantity of it. When it comes to line capacity, we would say that this reel is pretty average.

Other – Weight, Comfort, Durability

It comes in at just over 11 ounces, as well it is designed to be well-balanced for comfort and to reduce fatigue. Now, this is not the lightest spinning reel out there, but more than light enough to be labeled as lightweight. The handle it comes with is also designed for comfort so your fingers don’t hurt after just a few minutes of reeling.

The FK 5000 is made with X-ship technology, plus the whole thing is made with durable metal from one end to the other. Although it is not designed to handle the largest of fish, it is still quite durable.

Moreover, this is a great reel for freshwater fishing, although beware that it is definitely not designed for saltwater use. Saltwater will destroy this thing without question. That said, the CF aluminum cold forged spool, as well as the Hagane body, are both quite impressive

Pros

  • Quite durable.
  • Great for freshwater use.
  • Can hold a decent amount of line.
  • Really fast retrieval.
  • Pretty good drag system.
  • High level of comfort with good balance.

Cons

  • Cannot be used for very large fish.
  • Not ideal for saltwater fishing.

You can check the current price on Amazon here

Alternatives

If you are looking for an alternative to the FK 5000 then we would suggest the Ultegra CI4+ 5500 XSC. Yeah, it’s a fair amount heavier than the Stradic FK, but it can also hold more line and heavier line, it has a slightly lower gear ratio, and it can be used for saltwater fishing too.

Now, if you don’t like spinning reels as much, and prefer to stick with a  baitcasting reel, then it’s worth looking at the Caenen. This reel is good if you need a long casting distance and great casting accuracy.

Yes, it is a bit harder to use than a spinning reel, which is because it is a baitcasting reel, but the distance and accuracy of casting is a big bonus here.

Conclusion

Overall we like the Stradic FK 5000. Yeah, it’s not great for saltwater fishing or for very large game, but when all is said and done, when it comes to spinning reels, we think it’s a pretty solid reel to keep in mind.