Bluefin Tuna with Shimano Stella SW Spinning Reel

72″ Bluefin Tuna caught with the awesome Shimano Stella SW SLT 18000 spinning reel off of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. 

The Shimano Stella SW is the biggest spinning reel available and is designed for battling the largest saltwater fish including Bluefin Tuna, Black Marlin and Tiger Sharks. It a super strong and well designed spinning reel. It the best spinning reel for big game fish. Buy the Shimano Stella SW Spinning Reel at

Shimano Stella SW Features

  • X-Touch Drag to handle big, fast, fish
  • X-Ship enhances power transmission through the gear
  • X-Shield & X-Protect combine to provide extreme water resistance
  • Power aluminum body, X-Rigid rotor, X-Rigid body and X-Rigid handle
  • Propulsion® line management system
  • Propulsion spool lip
  • SR one-piece bail wire
    Power Roller IV over sized roller with overflange
  • Redesigned bail trip
  • S-Arm cam
  • Aero Wrap® II oscillation
  • Paladin® gear durability enhancement
  • Low wear rate pinion gear
  • Cold forged aluminum spool
  • Ceramic Coating on entire spool
  • Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) line roller coating
  • S A-RB® bearings (Shielded A-RB)
  • Super Stopper® II
  • Stopperless Design (no anti-reverse witch)
  • Septon®; handle grip – models 10,000 and up
  • Direct Drive Mechanism (thread-in handle attachment)
  • Fluidrive® II
  • Dyna-Balance®
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with PowerPro, Fluorocarbon and Mono lines

Yellowtail Tuna Fishing on Spinning Tackle

Yellowtail tuna are an exciting fish to tackle on baitcasting or trolling gear but try spinning gear???? That’s right…you can go tuna fishing with spinning gear. BUT you need the right rod and reel combo…like the excellent Penn Spinfisher V spinning reel (models 6500 – 10500) loaded with 500+ yards of 50 lb braided line. These reels are heavy duty and real workhorses. The Spinfisher V 10500 reel holds a whopping 750 yards of 50 lb test braided line or 580 yards of 80 lb braided line. These are ideal for tuna fishing or marlin and shark.

Watch this Yellowtail Tuna fishing video featuring the Penn Spinfisher V spinning reel. It’s pretty exciting. The fishing takes place off of the coast of Costa Rica.