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Major launch news: dramatic facelift for Shimano Big Baitrunner LC

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Shimano Big Baitrunner PR / LC - Reels Product News The new look Big Baitrunner LC

Shimano’s iconic Big Baitrunner LC reel has been given a dramatic facelift.

The reel has been one of the company’s bestsellers since its launch in the mid-nineties and is synonymous for its reliability, durability and distance casting.

Chris de Haan, Shimano Product Developer, has given Angling International an exclusive rundown of the new-look Baitrunner and the thinking behind its dramatic redevelopment.

He takes up the story: “The Big Baitrunner LC reel is highly regarded among fishermen because it will never let you down. Whether fishing your local water or going abroad to catch the biggest of fish, anglers can always be sure that the Baitrunner LC will stand its ground.

“However, after being on the market for 11 years, we decided to upgrade the LongCast with our latest technologies.

“When we started redeveloping it we set the target to come up with a totally new design, but keep the strong image of its predecessor.

“To give it a better line lay, we changed the oscillation system to the latest Aerowrap II. Looking at the market, there are not many free spool reels that use a worm shaft to oscillate the spool.

“By using one it’s possible to use a long nose spool similar to a spool on a big pit reel.

“The oscillation speed went down by adding more gears internally and the line lay has improved – resulting in a superior casting performance.

“Many internal parts are made stronger and run smoother with the use of shielded AR-B ball bearings. The cap bail is replaced by a cone type that directs the line more easily to the line roller.

“When we introduced the smaller size Big Pit reels a couple of years ago we noticed an increasing demand in smaller-sized big spool reels for the carp and coarse fishing markets. Therefore two sizes of the BTR LC have been developed and are in the shops now.

“The new Big and Medium Baitrunner XT-LC will steal the hearts of many anglers and exceed its renowned reputation.”

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  • Anonymous

    definitely kept the image of the predecessor.   to me it’s not a dramatic facelift, rather looks like an inexpensive 11 year old reel with a more modern handle and a new spool. hopefully the upgraded internals will surprise the otherwise old appearance.