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    I'm thinking of getting one of these for my barbel fishing. Any opinions? Is it worth buying?

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    ED (The ORIGINAL and REAL one) Guest

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    click the link at the top in red Adam (where it says Shimano Baitrunner Aero GTE)

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    john conway Guest

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    Adam, I'm using one on the Ribble for Barbel and so far I'm well pleased. Picked mine up at last years Birmingham’s National Exhibitions Centre Fish-in for 75. I've asked my local tackle dealer to see if he can pick up another reel for me. Don't mind paying up to 85/90

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    Dave Silvers Guest

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    Adam I use a pair of Aero GTE 6000s for carp fishing, can't fault em, although I'm sure someone on this forum will.

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    John Hepworth Guest

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    I have two GTE 5000's, absolute ****. Been back to their service dept, after first being told to superglue where the bail arm had come away from the housing. From the start on both reels the clutch settings have had to be done using a full fist rather than thumb and finger. On both reels when retrieving a feeder etc, the spindle snatches and sounds like a cement mixer, and line lay is terrible. The graphics on the spools are of silver like sellotape, which only after light use is peeling off. Put me off buying another Shimano product ever again.(first and last) It took me several phone calls and a letter for them to agree to take them back for "REPAIR" as they were only just out of warranty. Dont think they know about "fit for the purpose"

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    Just the sort of review that should be going into the Member Review section so that anyone considering buying these reels can see John's opinion of them. This is what the Member Review section is all about - an easily accessible database of user opinion of the tackle they use for the benefit of FM visitors.

    But it won't work unless you feed it.

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    Wolfman Woody Guest

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    Guys, guys, guys. Isn't a 6000 just a tad too big for barbel fishing? I use a Super Aero 4000 R, Super Aero 4000 GTM (bit too fast) or a simple Arnold Kingpin centre pin. Is everyone using boilies and bolt rigs nowadays for everything?

    It's a pity Shimano no longer do a 4000 baitrunner any more, but I think you can get a 5000 still.

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    john conway Guest

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    My 5000 Shimano Baitrunner Aero GTE seems OK size wise and no not everyone is using boilies. All my rigs, Barbel & Chub, are running leger set-ups. There has been some debate that all leger rigs are bolt rigs, however, with the bait-runner set just to hold flow, it’s as near as you can get to free lining. As for boilies, and I assume you also mean pellet as well, then yes I suppose 80% of my Barbel catches this year have been on pellet and past but I’ve also caught them on worm, bread, maggot and caster. My reel is not yet a year old but so far it’s a superb reel and as I’ve said I’m looking for another one.
    John H, so far you are the only person I’ve come across who’s had a really bad experience with GTE 5000's. However, I’ll bear your experience in mind and if anyone else in the next couple of weeks comes up with further bad reviews then I may have to reconsider buying another Shimano Baitrunner Aero GTE



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    Wolfman Woody Guest

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    Geees, I thought you two Johns were related or do you share the same stylist? ;-)

    I just wonder, John C, why the need for a baitrunner all the time. Yes, I use the same running leger, sometimes a Drennan Oval feeder full of seeds and meat stopped by a couple of rubber beads, but I like to hold the rod. Put the fighting drag on it's lightest setting and when I get a bite flick it over to its tightest setting. Easy enough, but everyone to his own.

    And I've used halibut pellets and made my own boilies this year for barbel. So I guess I'm a hypocrite as well. What's new.

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    john conway Guest

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    >Why the bait-runner all the time?<
    I don’t see the need for loads of reels so I’ve gone for the 5000, which covers all my needs on the river Ribble and the Lune. I don’t always use the bait runner feature and I also touch leger with this reel. If I put the rod down, on goes the bait-runner clutch. If I’m fishing with a second suicide rod the suicide rod is always the one with the bait-runner reel. One reel at the moment, hopefully two in the future, with several spare spools of different breaking strain line or braid.
    Re John H, Hmmm I’ll have to have a word with my Mum she didn’t say anything about a brother in the family?

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