Baitrunner Reels

Bait fishing from a wharf for bream and tailor, former Shimano Australia chairman, John Dunphy, was pondering how to incorporate a freespool mechanism into a threadline reel so a fish could run with the bait before swallowing it, when he hit on an idea that was in his own words, “beyond belief.” The next day, John and Mark Mikkelsen were on a plane to explain it all to the Japanese design engineers. In an incredibly short period of time, the Baitrunner threadline went from a sketchy theory, to a line-up of dedicated freespool threadline reels. The legend was born.

Snapper fishing devotees right around the country took to Baitrunners in a massive way, but the smaller reels in the lineup also proved handy for fishing baits like scrubworms and mudeyes for brown and rainbow trout, even float fishing for blackfish off estuary retaining walls and rocks, where the ability to feed line to provide a natural drift to the weed bait is essential for success.

The Baitrunner system is now available across a number of models from Shimano range, from the entry level ST series, right up to the Baitrunner D and the heavy-duty saltwater Thunnus series. The cosmetics are now sharper, the internals have definitely improved, but that brilliant Baitrunner concept still remains the same.

Baitrunner Longcast

The big and medium Baitrunner Long Cast series is back and they are fitted with some of Shimano's latest technologies.

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Series

Baitrunner Longcast

Warranty

10 Year

Bearings

4+1

Family Type

Baitrunner

Models

2

FEATURES

10 YEAR WARRANTY

BAITRUNNER

HAGANE GEAR

MODERATE CRANK POWER RATING

SALTWATER READY

SHIELDED ANTI-RUST BEARINGS

X-SHIP


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Thunnus CI4

The Thunnus CI4+ reel is the pinnacle series for saltwater bait fishing enthusiasts. There are four models suitable for estuary right through to rock, beach, reef and light/medium game fishing.

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Series

Thunnus CI4

Warranty

10 Year

Bearings

6+1

Family Type

Baitrunner

Models

4

FEATURES

10 YEAR WARRANTY

HAGANE GEAR

HIGH CRANK POWER RATING

SALTWATER READY


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Baitrunner D

The Baitrunner D features numerous innovations, including the original Shimano Baitrunner freespool system. The range is suited to targeting big fish, with the largest model serving up 12kg of drag.

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Series

Baitrunner D

Warranty

10 Year

Bearings

3+1

Family Type

Baitrunner

Models

4

FEATURES

10 YEAR WARRANTY

BAITRUNNER

MODERATE CRANK POWER RATING

SALTWATER READY

SHIELDED ANTI-RUST BEARINGS


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Baitrunner OC

The Shimano OC Baitrunner series draws on all the features that have made these iconic spin reels so hugely successful in Australian waters.

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Series

Baitrunner OC

Warranty

10 Year

Bearings

3+1

Family Type

Baitrunner

Models

4

FEATURES

10 YEAR WARRANTY

BAITRUNNER

SHIELDED ANTI-RUST BEARINGS

MODERATE CRANK POWER RATING

SALTWATER READY


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Baitrunner ST

ST Baitrunners are the ideal entry-level reel for anglers new to fishing situations where free-spool is an advantage. They come in two sizes perfect for fresh, salt and light offshore applications.

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Series

Baitrunner ST

Warranty

10 Year

Bearings

1+1

Family Type

Baitrunner

Models

2

FEATURES

10 YEAR WARRANTY

BAITRUNNER

MODERATE CRANK POWER RATING

SALTWATER READY


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