The Baitrunner has deep roots in the Australian fishing scene, having been first conceptualised right here and immediately accepted as an essential fishing weapon.
The OC release still contains a lot of the features that have made the Baitrunner a household name in this country, but also features advances that are going to take this iconic range of reels well into the future.
Some of the upgraded features include a machined handle, a replaceable spool clicker, Varispeed Oscillation to provide a perfect line lay with braided or monofilament lines, and Propulsion Line Management to increase distance while casting.
Casting is further enhanced with Shimano’s ARC Spool. This is a patented spool design with an angled spool lip design that enables line to leave the spool with less friction and in smaller coils resulting in longer, more accurate casts. ARC spools reduce backlash and wind knots when using braid.
Shimano S ARB bearings are high corrosion resistant ARB ball bearings with an extra shield for improved protection against sand, salt, or dust. With three double-sided, shielded stainless steel bearings and an anti-reverse bearing inside the Baitrunner OC, long life and smooth operation are a guarantee.
When setting the baitrunner feature, the baitrunner lever moves towards the body to stop any accidental engagement of the main drag. The main drag will re-engage once the handle is cranked. This freedom of line tension has been essential for many styles of fishing, but the baitrunner has found a home with those anglers live baiting for Mulloway, Kingfish, Flathead, Barramundi and Snapper. It’s not a boast to suggest the baitrunner revolutionised fishing!
Aimed squarely at bait anglers, the Baitrunner OC range continues to dominate the bait fishing reel market and comes in four large sizes that are squarely aimed at trophy fish.