Shimano Nasci Reel Review (Pros, Cons and Video)

By: Tony Acevedo on June 18, 2018
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Shimano Nasci Reel Review

I’ve been fishing with the Shimano Nasci Reel for a while now and wanted to let you know what I like and dislike about this reel.

I’ve had great results using the 3000 reel, which has proved to be strong against fish and holds up great against saltwater.

This article identifies the pros and cons I have found while using the Nasci 3000 and can help you decide if this is the right reel for you or not.

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Shimano Nasci Reel Specs

The Shimano Nasci 3000 Reel

The Shimano Nasci 3000 Reel

The specs for the Shimano Nasci Reel are:

  • Size: 1000-5000
  • Line Capacity: 200 yards of 10lb Power Pro Braid
  • Max Drag: 20 lbs.
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Price Range: $90-200

Pros of the Shimano Nasci Reel

This reel has been very good to me when I’ve fished with it and has helped get fish to the kayak much quicker than other reels I’ve used in the past.

Shimano Nasci Reel Pros

The pros to using the Shimano Nasci Reel.

The pros I’ve noticed using the Shimano Nasci Reel are the following:

  1. Holds Up Great in the Saltwater – I usually am kayak fishing when I fish and therefore my rods and reels are often exposed to saltwater for seven to eight hours at a time. My Shimano Nasci 3000 Reel has held up fantastically in the saltwater. I have experienced no corrosion anywhere on the reel after months of using this reel on almost every fishing trip.
  2. Very Strong Drag – This reel has an extremely strong drag with a max drag weight of 20 pounds. This allows me to get fish to the kayak quicker and to release fish in better shape than when I use reels with weaker drag systems.
  3. Picks Up Line Quickly – The reel picks up more line quicker than almost all other reels of this size, which makes it a great reel for various hook setting situations.

Cons of the Shimano Nasci Reel

I really have like the Nasci 3000 as my primary fishing reel, however, it is not a perfect fishing reel.

Cons of Shimano Nasci Reel

The cons of using the Shimano Nasci Reel.

These are the cons I’ve found to using the Shimano Nasci Reel:

  1. No Reel-Reverse Switch – The reel does not have a reel-reverse switch which can make it difficult to pull line in certain situations.
  2. Drag Click Mechanism May Need Adjusting – I had some issues with the clicking mechanism on my drag not clicking, causing the reel to free line. This was due to a small misalignment of some the parts in the inner compartment of the reel. That being said, after a quick adjustment to the mechanism the drag was working perfectly once again.
  3. Strong Drag Learning Curve – If you’ve never used a reel with a drag strength as strong the Shimano Nasci, it can take some time to learn how to use it effectively. It doesn’t take long to learn how to use it, but it does require some trial and error before you figure out the drag settings that work for you.

Note: We’d love to hear your thoughts on your Shimano Nasci Reel, so please leave a comment down below to share your experiences with these kayaks.

Shimano Nasci Reel Review Video

This video provides my analysis of the Shimano Nasci Reel and what I like and dislike about it.

Check out my full review here:

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I have really enjoyed using the Shimano Nasci 3000 since purchasing it and use it as one of my primary fishing reels these days.

The strong drag, great quality and quick line pick-up make it a great reel to whoop some big on the flats and in deep water.

If you’ve used the Shimano Nasci Reel, let us know what you think of it by commenting below.

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1 year ago

I purchased a 2500 about 7 months ago. In the last six weeks, the line has started started spooling towards the front of the spool. So much so. That there is a gap between the bottom of the spool and the line. Interestingly, the reel didn’t exhibit the issue before six weeks ago. I had a couple of shims that came with a Penn Clash 2500, which fit perfectly. I respooled the reel and it made the line lay almost perfect. I’ll keep an eye on to see if the problem continues or was just settling in the reel. Other than that, I have been very pleased, even when compared to my Stradic and other brand mid to higher end reels.

Kent Weeks
Kent Weeks
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

I definitely agree. However, the issue started 60 or so days after the last time that I removed the spool. I used it this morning without issue, so I am hopeful everything is remedied. Thanks for the reply and tight lines!

Scott Schraff
1 year ago

I bought the Nasci 3000 reel about a year ago after reading Luke’s reel review, ordering it from FishUSA. Unfortunately, it arrived broken – the bale would not click closed/locked. So I shipped it back to Shimano USA for repair, not really happy to have to pay the shipping charge to correct an out-of-the-box defect.

But, when the reel came back repaired, it worked beautifully, and it has been fantastic since.

On a recent trip to Alabama, I landed 2 big bull reds with it, 17 lb and 19 lb respectively. I was using Sufix 832 20-lb braid, and I really needed the Nasci’s strong drag system to wear those fish out a little before I could land them on the Gulf Shores State Park Pier.

Despite the initial repair, I would still buy another Nasci – but this time from a local dealer.

And I give credit to Salt Strong for setting me up with it, as I would never have known about it’s specs if it weren’t for Luke’s very good review.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott Schraff

Glad to see that you’re enjoying the Nasci. They are def one of the best under $100 reels out there that can hold up to saltwater fishing.

Scott Schraff
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I really love it, and recommend it. And thanks again for your great reviews Luke! And Tony – that goes for you too! Really value your thorough reviews.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott Schraff

Be sure to check out this master reel review post when you get a chance because I have since found a reel that I like better than the Nasci, and it has the same price (but you can get it for 17% off and free shipping from a group discount for the Salt Strong Community):

Mel Bledsoe
1 year ago

I have 2 nasci 3000 reels. No problems what so ever, plus the price is very reasonable. Bought my second one online from Walmart for $89.

2 years ago

Hey Tony – Have you used the Daiwa Fuego LT ? If so, how does it compare to the Nasci?

Daniel Carney
2 years ago

I have had the Nasci 3000 with 10 lb 832 braid for several months. I like not having the anti-reverse, the reel is sealed.much better for saltwater and no pawl to break. The drag has been very smooth. Easy to care for with a quick rinse. I use Reel Magic before I leave for a trip and a drop of reel oil on the reel handle and line roller. Absolutely no issues with this reel.

Danny Peace
2 years ago

I have a Nasci 3k on a 7″ St. Croix Premier, and love that combo. It’s light and accurate. Question: In what situation is the anti-reverse useful? I was happy they got rid of it.

Richard Devereaux
2 years ago

On average I fish inshore saltwater from a kayak once a week, 6 hours per outing. Typically I take along 3 reel/rod combos.

For the past several months I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Shimano Nasci 3000 reel (spooled with 15 lb. PowerPro) paired with the Manley Black Ops 7’2″ – 7’7″ medium fast action rod. I use this combo for artificial (mostly soft plastics) lures. This combo casts accurately with exceptional distance (when needed). It is also light enough for frequent casting without fatigue – and it’s sensitive.

Thus far I have no complaints/concerns about the Nasci. It has held up very well (I am meticulous about reel care) and, along with the “backbone” of the Manley rod, this combo has handled upper-slot/over-slot Redfish with no problems.

In my opinion, the Shimano Nasci is a very good reel for its price. And for kayak fishing I’ve not found a rod better than Manley.