LADSON, S.C. – For anglers looking for a versatile, easy-to-use, lightweight and durable baitcasting reel, Shimano’s new SLX reels are the one more fish, one more cast, ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ option. The series – now on the shelves at tackle shops in both the U.S. and Canada, is offered in six models in three different gear ratios, including the 6.3:1 SLX150 and left-hand retrieve SLX151, the high-speed SLX150HG and 151HG with 7.2:1 gears, and the SLX150XG and 151XG with extra high speed 8.2:1.
Designed around Shimano’s HAGANE body concept – meaning a solid and precise aluminum frame, the SLX compact body still allows for plenty of line capacity – up to 105 yards of 40-pound test PowerPro braid. Shimano’s proven six-spin style Variable Brake System provides spool and casting control, while the sideplate is attached to prevent it from falling off when adjustments are needed with lures and wind condition changes. Each comes with a ‘Curado K type’ long handle with power handle knobs. Even with the aluminum frame and durable brass gears, each reel weighs in at a light 6.9-ounces.
“We see the SLX series as being reels built by, and for, anglers who demand bulletproof, unrelenting durability in their fishing tackle,” said Kurt Mazurek with Shimano. “Using one, whether you're an avid high school or college bass angler, a weekend warrior, or even those who anxiously await that annual special fishing trip with friends, it’s the reel you’ll appreciate to make that just one more cast – it’s our ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ baitcaster.”
The SLX 150 and 151 pull in 25-inches of line per crank, the SLX 150HG and 151HG retrieves in 29-inches, while the fastest retrieve 150XG and 151XG pulls in 32-inches per crank. Each reel handles from 150 yards of 20-pound to 105 yards of 40-pound PowerPro braid, or from 120 yards of 10-pound to 90 yards of 14-pound monofilament. All six SLX casting reels retail for $99.99 (USD).
Shimano is also introducing a new series of SLX rods that are designed to combo up ideally with the SLX baitcasting reels. The line-up includes nine casting rods from medium power, extra-fast action 6-foot, 10-inch lengths to heavy power, medium-fast action 7-foot, 10-inch flipping rods. The SLX rod series also offers seven spinning rods in medium-light to medium-heavy power in 6-foot, 9-inch to 7-foot lengths. They also each retail for $99.99 (USD) and will be available later this fall.
Interested in seeing how Shimano is introducing the new SLX reels to high school/college bass fishing anglers – check out this video: