Rated 5 out of 5 by Pacman0585 Very reliable with great drag system.
For the past several years I have used the Shimano Stradic 5000 in the Northeast for legal stripers and blue fish. The 5000 always pulled them in with no issues. I recently moved to southwest Florida and prayed my 5000 would keep up with the local gamefish. I have caught legal Redfish, Snook, Jacks and Mackeral and once again the 5000 handled them all. Very pleased and not giving it up.
October 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ExecRancher Great Quality! Smooth action. Well pleased.
Shimano Stradic FJ is a Quality Reel with smooth action. This Quality should last a long time. As for shipping, someone should do a check on your shipping vender expediting services. there are flaws. LL Bean has always, delivered quality and customer satisfaction. Thank You
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Intracoastal Excellent Reels
I own a couple of Stradic 2500 FH's and a Sustain 2500 FD for over 10 years of hard fishing and they are still going pretty strong. I decided to buy a couple of new Stradic 4000 FJ's for some bigger snook in the docks and bridges of the intracoastal. These reels are perfect for the inshore fishing I enjoy. They have a smooth powerful drag, great bail (I like the wire bail), and flawless level wind system. I have only have one complaint: I REALLY wish they came with an extra spool like they used to. I rarely needed my 2500 spare spools but when I did, they saved the day.
April 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CharlieNeedham Smooth.
Shimano is the best.
Check out that the new Stradic FJ 5000 is the same weight as the 4000 - very impressive to get a reel this light (10.8 ounces) with a 25 pound drag and the large amount of line capacity (200 yards of 30 pound braid - I'm using the Power Pro Super 8 Slick.)
Note that the 5000 is the smallest Stradic FJ model that has the larger egg shaped handle.
In the salt, it is more a boat, pier or careful surf reel - not meant to be repeatedly dunked in sandy salt water.
This newest Stradic does not have a spare spool - I'll probably just keep a loop at the end of my Power Pro and change a fluorocarbon leader for fishing for different applications.
(I'm thinking about buying the slightly lighter weight Stradic CI4F for purely freshwater bass fisning.)
It's great to see L.L. Bean carrying this first rate reel.
February 23, 2013