By Graham Howard
Shimano reels came about in the 1920’s and have been a staple of bass fishing reels ever since. This is due to one person, Shozaburo Shimano. His goal, he declared, was “to aim to make Shimano’s products the best in Kansai, then the best in Japan, and finally the best in the world!” I firmly believe that his goal came true with the top of the line spinning and bait casting reels that they produce today.
Shimano has a reel for basically any fisherman out there; they put together their unmatched high quality materials with reasonable prices for the weekend warrior or they have reels for the touring pro with all the bells and whistles. For over eighty years, they have concentrated on precision engineering, creating the most innovative products and processes you can hold in your hand today. The reels are built with a variety of gear ratios to fit the specific needs of different proven fishing techniques ranging from 5.5:1 gear ratio for slower presentations, 6.3:1 for virtually any technique since it’s the most versatile gear ratio and finally the 7.2:1 for burning a topwater or crankbait and for flipping and pitching to pick up the line slack fast and to be able to get the lure back into the strike zone faster.
Shimano’s products keep getting better and better every year and once you think they can’t improve anymore they blow you away next year with an even better reel. With the new equipment that they are coming out with, Shimano will bring your fishing game to the next level and help you land that fish of a lifetime!