Shimano Forcemaster Electric Reel Review – Sailfish Specialist


If you have been looking for an electric fishing reel then you certainly would’ve heard of the Shimano Forcemaster 9000. It is sleek and stylish but comes with enough strength and power to retrieve anything you can find in the deep blue ocean.

Whether you are interested in kite fishing, deep bottom fishing, or billfish targeting, the Forcemaster allows you to experience a whole new type of angling.

I have put together this review of the reel to highlight the features and benefits so that you can make an educated buying decision.

Let’s get stuck in.

Quantitative Score

Performance – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 2/5 ⭐⭐

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Learn more about how our scoring system works.


  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Hagane Body
  • Shielded Anti-rust Bearings
  • Cross Carbon Drag
  • LCD Display

Shimano Forcemaster Specifications

  • Maximum hoisting power – 72 kg
  • Practical hoisting endurance – 12 kg
  • Maximum hoisting speed – 135 m/min
  • Practical hoisting speed of a 1kg load: 118 m/min
  • Practical hoisting speed of a 2kg load: 114 m/min
  • Practical hoisting speed of a 3kg load: 109 m/min
FM9000A53.433.1:13540/2050, 50/1800, 65/1260, 80/103055
Shimano Forcemaster Display

Kite Fishing

Kite fishing is particularly popular with Forcemaster anglers. This is because the amount of line they need to retrieve can be enormous, depending on how much distance has been used.

An electric reel is an absolute must have for kite fishing long distances.

Deep Bottom Fishing

If you have ever gone deep sea fishing then you will already understand the beauty of having an electric reel.

Trying to retrieve hundreds of feet of line with a heavy sinker attached is a workout – and even more so if you have a big fish on the end.

If you consider how many times you need to bring your hook up from the bottom because you have hooked a fish or just to replace your bait can be hundreds of separate occurrences. And if each of these is hundreds of feet or even 1000 feet down then you will be glad you had an electric reel.

The Forcemaster comes with four different programmable modes:

  • Top / Bottom Mode
  • Jigging Mode (called Invitation Mode)
  • Constant Speed Mode
  • Easy Mode – maintains tension

Another feature that helps with deep sea bottom fishing is the depth memory alarm. This function remembers the depth that you have been fishing at and alerts you with an audible beep when you are 12 feet from that depth.

Shimano Forcemaster Electric Fishing Reel Unboxing

Sailfish Specialist

I have seen a fisherman use an electric reel to catch a sailfish from almost 2000 feet deep. This is something that would be almost unthinkable with a hand reel.

Big gamefish, particularly from depth are a prime target for this type of reel with the electric retrieve design.

Shimano Forcemaster Video

For those who like to learn from video, have a look at this fisherman bringing up a Queen Snapper from deep sea fishing with a Shimano Forcemaster.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Forcemaster Reel manual come in English?

Yes, it is available in both Japanese and English so you can easily understand the features and the different programmable retrieval modes that are available.

Does the Forcemaster have a Jigging function?

Yes, it comes with two jigging modes – the first is a 3 step jigging pattern and the other is an original jigging pattern. Shimano call this an invitation mode.


If you are looking for more information, then please read through Shimano’s official documentation.

If you have used a Shimano Forcemaster and have your own thoughts and experience then please leave a comment below. I love interacting with our readers and sharing your wisdom.

If you want to see some alternatives then have a look at the best electric reels on the market.

Happy fishing!

Last update on 2022-01-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.