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The Shimano Thunnus 12000 CI4 is a high-end spinning reel.

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drag system is very smooth, never end up jerking the line

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lighter than most reels in its class

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designed to make casting easy, nice ergonomic design

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reels very smoothly despite the sound, don't feel any vibrations

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line never tangles even with a little rough use

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durable enough to handle some heavy use without wearing down

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there's some winding sound from the reel

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doesn't come with a spare spool, might have to go out and find one at some point

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The Shimano Thunnus 12000 CI4 is a high-end spinning reel. Durability is a focus of this spinning reel, and the Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement utilizes a cold forged aluminum drive gear and a hardened brass pinion gear to keep the reel working like new for as long as possible. As ease of use is another focus of this reel, the Thunnus 12000 CI4 has a Propulsion Line Management system with a spool lip design that helps to prevent backlash, while increasing casting distance. Another feature geared toward ease of use is Dyna-Balance, which eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counter balancing the rotor to enhance smoothness. As is common with Shimano spinning reels, the 12000 CI4 differs from the rest of the Thunnus C14 line in terms of inches of line retrieve per crank, pounds of maximum drag, line capacity, and weight (at 27.7 ounces, this reel weighs over eight ounces more than the next model in line).

  • Lightweight aluminum CI4 Frame and Rotor
  • ]Aluminum Sideplate
  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III. Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Varispeed Oscillation
  • S-Concept, S-Rotor, S-Arm Cam, Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In Handle Attachment), Oversized Septon Grips, WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Dartainium II Drag Washers (Cross Carbon)
  • Repairable Clicker
  • S A-RB (Shielded A-RB) Ball Bearings
  • Super Stopper II Anti-Reverse
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Floating Shaft
  • Fluidrive II Gearing
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use w/ Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
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