Shimano Nasci Reel Review (Pros, Cons and Video)
By: Tony Acevedo on June 18, 2018
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.
Shimano Nasci Reel Specs
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.
The pros I’ve noticed using the Shimano Nasci Reel are the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
These are the cons I’ve found to using the Shimano Nasci Reel:
- No Reel-Reverse Switch – The reel does not have a reel-reverse switch which can make it difficult to pull line in certain situations.
- 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.
- 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:
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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