Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Baitcasting Reel

Sale price£399.99


Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Baitcasting Reel - Left Hand Wind

 What our customers are saying:


"Simply the best BFS reel around, casts easily, smooth, lightweight everything you expect from a Shimano reel." - Kieran on Sep 05, 2021

The Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG is Shimano's lightest of all their baitcasting reels and one of the lightest and most popular money can buy. Developed for casting ultra light lures with precision and frequency. Shimano have adopted a completely new spool design and braking system "FTB" for bait finesse fishing, utilised on this special reel.

So what do all these letters and numbers mean?  I hear you say...

Let's try explain things here:

  • BFS = Bait (Baitcaster) Finesse System
  • DC = Digitally Controlled (fool proof!) casting system
  • C = Compact body, slightly smaller than the standard
  • HG = High Gear, faster retrieve than the standard
  • XG = Extra Gear... even faster than the HF version, these letters don't determine size
  • S = Shallow spool, ideal for braid
  • DH = Double Handle
  • Ci4 = A lightweight material!
  • MGL -Magnumlite, a reel with components, often spool made from a lighter metal than others, 30% lighter than Ci4!
  • F or R = If the model name has F or R at the beginning, this is Front or Rear drag. The letter following the F determines the release age, so FK is newer than FJ. A little like the old car number plate system. 
  • 1, 2, 3000 etc = Determines the size which goes up with the number although the 2500 and 3000 are the same size, just the 3000 has a larger spool and sometimes different shaped handle... YES I know it is a bit confusing, but hopefully this helps a little in choosing the perfect reel for you.


Retrieve: Left / Gear Ratio: 8.0:1 / Weight: 130g / Bearings: 9+1 / LPT: 42cm / Max Drag: 3.5kg.


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