Considering all the fishermen in all the waters in all the world, it’s pretty remarkable that an international company like Shimano would produce a reel tailor-made for the Northeast’s seven-mile stretch of heaven —the Cape Cod Canal.
The Shimano Stella SW is fresh out of R&D and ready to ship to a tackle shop near you. This reel showcases the latest in Shimano’s big-fish-stopping technology built around their new “SW-X Concept.”
According to Ken Iida with Shimano’s Stella global development team: “”With the Stella SW reels and the ‘SW-X Concept,’ we bring together power, rigidity, toughness, drag performance and water resistance into a fish-fighting platform that is unparalleled by any spinning reel on the market.”
The full suite of reels from the inshore 5000 size to the offshore 30000 size is designed to tame hard fighting fish like 10-pound false albacore, 300-pound bluefin tuna, and of course, 50-pound striped bass backed by a 5-knot current.
Straight from the press release:
Cape Cod Canal anglers received special focus within the Stella SW series with 14000SWXG. “With this model, we combine easy handling, durability and high speed – and the capacity to handle 295 yards of 65- or 400 yards of 50-pound-test PowerPro,” Iida said. Along with shore jigging for big stripers, it’s also ideal to target tuna with our Orca pencil lures, or for destination anglers heading to Baja Mexico for big roosterfish.” The reel has a 6.2:1 gear ratio to pull in 53-inches of line per crank.
The fast line pick-up, smooth drag and bulletproof construction mean that this reel will be capable of withstanding cast after cast and fish after fish in the most equipment-punishing waters in the Northeast.
As with any premium product, the Stella SW comes at a premium price. Fishermen interested in the Cape Cod Canal Jigging Special can expect to pay $1159.99.
For a more thorough explanation of the whole line of Stella SW reels, check out this video produced by the folks at Tackle Direct with the help of On The Water contributor Captain Ed Berger and fishing television personality, Larry Dahlberg.