Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel (4.8:1) Review

Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel (4.8:1)

Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel 1

Rating: 4.6/5

Gear Ratio




- The reels are specifically, meant, to be used to fish live bait from the deck of the boat

- The reels are versatile and can be used in freshwater


- The Baitrunner feature is not necessary for most of the fishing styles and is costly.

- The three bearings are too few for the reel

- The gear ratio of 4.8:1 can be problematic especially when a fast retrieve is required.


Shimano Reels Comparison

  • Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reel
  • Hagane construction
  • X-Ship gearing
  • 35” line retrieval
  • 20 lb. drag force
  • Shimano Stradic CI4+3000 Spinning Reel
  • X-Ship gearing
  • Reinforced carbon material
  • Waterproof drag system
  • 6 S-ARB ball bearings
  • Shimano Stella STLC3000XGFI Spinning Reel
  • 19.8 lbs. maximum drag
  • 36.6” line retrieve
  • S-Direct drive system
  • 13 bearings
  • Shimano Syncopate 2500 FG
  • Propulsion spool lip
  • Graphite frame
  • Quickfire II system
  • Propulsion Line Management system
  • Shimano Sahara 3000 FE
  • Graphite frame, side plate, and rotor
  • Cold forged aluminum spool
  • 4 bearing system
  • Slow Oscillation system


Baitrunner D spinning reel is an update of the former Shimano's classic live bait reel. It is one of the tools you should consider buying if you are looking for an affordable reel to add to your saltwater collection.

Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel 2

The tool is designed to help you fish live bait from the boat’s deck and is recommended for fishing the lagoon, surf, jetty or pier. It can target large water species such as salmon, carp or lake trout.

Baitrunner D allows the bait to move freely courtesy of the free spooling with closed bail. Unlike other reels, Baitrunner has a secondary drag system, which makes it quite effective.


Shimano Baitrunner D reel comes in four models: BTR12, 000D, BTR8, 000D, BTR 6,000D and BDR4000D. The reel is a most suitable offshore spinning reel and is ideal for both left and right-hand retrieval.

It comes with a variety of structures such as a graphite made frame, anti-reverse stopper, propulsion line management system, cold forged aluminum and so forth. The line’s capacity starts at 8lb mono /15lb to 20 lb. mono/80 lb. braid.

Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel 3

The Baitrunner D is large but features better line lay, windy knots, better casting, less friction on the line and a more comfortable grip. Also, it features a range of settings and a higher maximum drag.

Product Features

Super Stopper II:

Baitrunner D is known for its anti-reverse mechanism. It makes use of bearings, one of which has a sole that helps it eliminate back to play in the spool. It means that its handle will experience zero free-play, hence it is accurate all the time. Additionally, it includes micro-increment settings, bite indicators, and faster hook setting.

The bearings are all anti-rust and are covered with a metal shield that keeps the debris out. Thus, this super stopper is essential in the stability of the reel and makes it efficient and ideal for an even big lure.


Normally, most rotating gears take advantage of a vertical crankshaft that utilizes its rotation speed consistency. In most of the cases, it results in line stacking up either at the bottom or on top of the spool.

Baitrunner D utilizes the new Varispeed technology, which uses an oval can to make the spool rotation consistent. It is critical and ensures that the line lay in the pool is even. Having a good line lay ensures that the reel is capable of the precise and accurate cast over long distances. 

The Shimano’s Baitrunner D has two gears: the oval and square shaped gears, which are specially designed for this.

Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel 4

Propulsion Line Management System:

Baitrunner D heavily relies on high technology, which makes it stand out from other reels. In this reel, Shimano uses technology that targets the spool’s top lip. This technology was discovered after several experiments and casting tests, which were all monitored on the computer.

Shimano Baitrunner D Spinning Reel 5

Eventually, the tests led to the discovery and subsequent development of this particular lip design that enhances casting distance and prevents backlash, and formation of wind knots. It is critical for anglers who fish in both fresh and salty water.

Baitrunner Feature:

It is certainly one of the clear stand out we should mention in this review. If you are not familiar with this mechanism, it is critical to note that Baitrunner allows for a temporary free spool condition and the angler is not required to flip the ball.

A switch can be used to activate the mechanism while the knob could be used to set the desired amount of line resistance. This way, the bait can freely swim and pull out the line till the time the angler flips back the switch and return the spool to full gear.


Although buying expensive reels makes life easier, most anglers struggle to afford all the reels on their wish list. Shimano Baitrunner is inexpensive and offers similar services you will get from the expensive reels.

It is made using the most advanced technology and is ideal for saltwater live bait fishing. It is certainly one of the best options on the market.

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