Equipped with armfuls of new rods and reels, the Outdoor Life new tackle test team descended on Buras, Louisiana to put the new gear through its paces against some of the toughest fish that swim: bull redfish.
SPINNING REELS - Shimano Stradic CI4 25000F
The CI4 is a marvel of advanced manufacturing prowess. The chassis and side plate are manufactured using an advanced carbon fiber. At just 7 ounces, the CI4 was noticeably lighter than all other spinning reels tested.
Quality-of-construction can be seen throughout, as demonstrated by the spool’s unique beveled upper lip. Our only design-related quibble was with the diminutive anti-reverse switch. Equipped with what the company calls the “Propulsion Line Management System,” the CI4 cast noticeably farther than other spinners and with less effort. Line flows off the spool in small concentric loops, threading more easily through the rod’s stripper guide.
The bail is feather light and transitions line onto the line roller smoothly. The short-throw bail reduces user fatigue and makes rapid casts a cinch when you’re chasing schooling fish.
Six stainless ball bearings and one roller bearing provide benchmark Shimano smoothness. The unique EVA foam knob cranks 34 inches of line per cycle. With a capacity of 170 yards of 10-pound braid, the CI4 carries an ample payload.[ shimano.com ]