The Shimano Antares A is one of Shimano's most premium baitcasting reels. If you're a baitcasting reel enthusiast, this is the dream reel to have in your collection.
- Available in 7.4:1 gear ratio.
- 11 ball bearings
- Dual braking system
- 11lb max drag
Reasons to buy
- The ultimate baitcasting reel when it comes to casting of all lure weights
- Hagane body is metal-free and provides virtually zero flex
- S3D spool reduces spool vibration, providing a smoother experience
- Shimano has included the MGL III spool in the Antares A - making this reel suitable for throwing weightless presentations with ease
- Cross Carbon Drag provides a wider range of drag settings
- SVS Infinity braking system has been a huge success for Shimano and they've installed it in most of their premium baitcasting reels
- A unique drag sound has been installed in the Antares A. This helps determine whether a fish is taking line with a satisfying sound
- Users have stated that this is the best reel they've got their hands on
- Made with quality that will last you many years of consistent performance
- Comfortable to use in freshwater and saltwater
- If you're a baitcasting reel enthusiast - you don't get much better than this!
Reasons not to buy
- Quite simply, the price - many argue that no reel is worth this price tag
- Some say you can get a reel that performs as well, at a much lower price (Curado DC, Chronarch MGL)
Reviews from our Readers
Overall, the Shimano Antares A is without a doubt one of the most impressive casting reels we've seen - and if you're looking to add to your collection of the best casting reels, you should definitely give this reel a look.
However, many argue that no reel is worth this amount of money and you can easily find an alternative which provides everything that the Antares has at a much lower price.
About the brand
Shimano is arguably the biggest and most respected name in fishing. They are responsible for producing some of the most ground-breaking tackle ever seen, and they continue to lead the market in all forms of fishing.
Shimano has taken a key interest in bass fishing, and have developed the finest baitcasting reels on today's shelves. Many other brands constantly look to Shimano for ideas, as they seldom put a foot wrong.
You simply cannot go wrong with a piece of Shimano gear.
Professionals who work with Shimano:
- Keith Combs
- Brett Preuett
- Bernie Shultz