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Shimano "Syncopate FG"

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Shimano Syncopate

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MSRP ($):
49.99

Kayak fishermen looking for an efficient one-handed casting system need look no further than the Shimano “Syncopate FG” Spinning Reel. Anglers can easily make one-handed casts via the Quick Fire II system, while achieving increased distances with less effort and wind knots because of the Propulsion Line Management System. Other features include Propulsion Spool Lip; graphite frame, side plate, and rotor; aluminum spool; Varispeed oscillation; ported handle shank; Dyna-Balance; and Power Roller II. For use in fresh or saltwater, with mono, fluoro or braid.

 

 

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.9
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0  (2)
Durability 
 
3.5  (2)
Versatility 
 
3.5  (2)
Value 
 
4.5  (2)
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(Updated: April 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0

Good reel for the price

I bought the Shimano Syncopate 2500, it is a nice reel for the price. My only complaint is there is no instant anti-reverse which seems pretty standard these days.Otherwise I have put this thing through a pretty hard summer with a couple different types of line (10 lb Mono & 30 lb Braid) and it shows no signs of wear.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
good quality for the price
Cons:
no instant anti reverse
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(Updated: April 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0

Shimano Syncopate 2500 Spinning Reel

Purchased a Shimano Syncopate 2500 about six months ago. For an "entry level" reel, it has quickly become a favorite. So much so, that I purchased a second one a couple of months ago.

The reel is very strong. I have caught quite a few fish that were big enough that I would have expected to feel some stress on the reel, and I didn't. It attaches well to every rod I have used them on, and the foot & stem are extremely sturdy & well constructed

It has a very smooth retrieval, and an easily adjustable drag. I have only used braid on these reels, and it has worked well - great casting and smooth retrieve.

The only drawbacks have been the quick-fire-casting trigger seems loose. At times, it almost feels like it will break off - it hasn't - but it feels loose. The bail "sticks" at times if not closed with firm force. I have a number of spinning reels that a light flick will easily close the bail. ot so here, it needs a little more force.

Overall, this is a great reel for $30. I would purchase this reel again if I needed another reel.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Nice drag, well built, smooth retrieve
Cons:
Cast trigger loose, stiff bail
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