Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC Review [2021 Update]

Fishing reels are many in the market, but few are there from the top brands. This one from Shimano is such a rare quality product, which has been engineered with utter excellence. Quality of a product in case of a fishing reel depends on its body formation, rotor material, dragging ability, anti-reversing property and casting feature.

All of the right qualities are present in this Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC fishing reel and hence it is referred to be one of the top devices that have been crafted with opulent perfection. Excellent gear function of the device and stainless steel ball bearing in the item makes it one of the rare devices too.

Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC Oceania spinning fishing reel BTR12000OC
  • Retrieve: Reversible, Gear ratio: 4.4:1
  • line capacity mono lbs/yds: 12/550, 16/350, 20/265
  • Power Pro lb/yds: 50/505, 65/310, 80/230

Quantitative Score

Performance – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Read more about how our scoring system works.

Shimano Baitrunner OC Reel Overview

Durable and Dragging Expert

The durability of the device is so outstanding that users can go for deep sea fishing with the reel too. Gear functions and holding capacity of the device is superior to many of the devices available in the market and that creates a signature of this product in the market. Lay-line in the case of this particular item is excellent and that adds some extra quality of dragging ability in this Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC spinning reel.

You can avail this item for freshwater fishing too and in that case, the task will be made much simpler, but keep in mind to get there inside a boat. The weight of the item is much more than is expected and that creates a big difference for the item.

Accuracy in Casting 

Casting is something that forms a major lookout point in a fishing reel. This is such an appearance in a reel that signifies how useful that will be in your fishing expedition. Heavy metallic fishing reels like this one are usually tough to be handled, for the weight factor itself, but you can use it superbly for casting if you can manage the weight.

It goes to a longer distance like 500 yards and that also with pinpoint perfection. So, if you can handle the weight of Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC reel, this is going to be the lifelong partner of you, whenever you will go fishing. 

Body and Built

Built out of aluminum and carbon along with some alloys, this is one of the hardest available fishing reels​​​​ in the store. The well-crafted body of the excellently engineered reel is suitable t be carried for fishing in freshwater as well as in saltwater. However, Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC review states that the product, although stated to be resistant to saltwater, at times it stops the rotor in functioning.

Again that is an issue that has been raised by only a few users. In one word, the body of the device is excellently crafted to make it a fishing reel for professional use. In terms of the weight of the device, it is not only in the higher side but is one of the heaviest available fishing reels available in the entire market. It weighs near to 27 oz which, you can feel will be difficult to be handled during fishing. 

Anti-Reversing Feature

Reversing facility is something that is common in all the fishing reels now, but at times anti-reversing feature also becomes essential for the professionals. While the reversing function is enhanced with ball bearing, it has to be stopped with the use of the roller bearing. This particular product is made smoother in action by the use of 4 stainless steel ball bearing.

The anti-reversing technique has been applied by the use of a roller bearing that has been eased into the device with a centrally placed key. The line-lay of the device is also made excellent, where the dragging functionality has been enhanced with the regulator at the center of the reel.


  • The device is extremely smooth in action of dragging and that has been perfected to opulence by the smooth line-lay of the device
  • Casting from the device can be extended to a long distance and perfection that is cast is also awesome
  • However, the weight of the device is much more than expected and handing the same needs a little more practice
  • The body of the Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC reel is covered with alloy, steel, aluminum, and carbon. The rotor is perfectly covered and that makes the device very much durable in all forms
  • The excellent braking system, line-laying and stainless steel ball bearing of the item make it different from all other items in the market.The balance of the reel is outstanding and that is mainly because of the weight of the device


  • The weight of the device is excessive and even the professionals won’t prefer the device for the overweight. However, some of the professionals believe that better weight means the better balance of the device and hence prefers the device too
  • Body casing of the device, although said to be saltwater resistant, but reviews state something different

Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC

Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC 1

FAQs About Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC Reel

What is the weight of the device?

The weight of the device is 27.9 oz.

What is the gear alignment ratio of the device? 

Gear Ratio of the device is 4.4: 1

Will I have to configure the device for the first time? 

No, the reel comes in the pre-configured format only. So, you will not have to configure for the first time. However, the device configuration manual remains within the device container. You will need that after you open the device parts for cleaning.

What is the bearing detail of the Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC reel? 

There are three bearings altogether. All the bearings are configured in 3S ARB format.


The Shimano Baitrunner 12000 OC fishing reel is one of the heaviest fishing reels that are there in the store. For the weight, the balance of the device at the time of fishing is outstanding.

Last update on 2021-07-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.