Sport Fishing - - GEAR GUIDE -

Shi­mano's new­est Ul­te­gra C14+ surf reels — in 5500XTC and 14000XTC mod­els — of­fer an­glers the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in long-cast­ing spin­ning reels. Both of­fer C14+ con­struc­tion, fea­tur­ing a light, rigid ma­te­rial; X-Pro­tect; and Ha­gane gear­ing. The reels re­trieve up to 41 inches per crank; the larger 14000 in­cludes Shi­mano's Su­per Slow 5 os­cil­la­tion sys­tem for per­fect line lay. With a 5.3-to-1 gear ra­tio, the 5500 han­dles up to 270 yards of 40-pound-test braid. The 4.3-to-1 14000 size can load 460 yards of 50-pound braid. The 5500 costs $319.99; the 14000 costs $339.99.

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