New for 2018, the SLX series is the latest addition to the ever-growing Shimano baitcaster range. Inside the SLX’s Hagane Body, durable brass gearing delivers reliable cranking power and three SUS bearings and one roller bearing means everything turns smoothly. Casting is made effortless with the adjustable 6 pin VBS brake system. A longer 45mm Throw Handle working in conjunction with two model options featuring gear ratios of 6.3:1 and 7.2:1 means that the slow and methodical lure worker and the angler who likes a bit of speed are well covered by the new SLX series. On top of this, max’ drag settings of between 5 and 5.5kg provides plenty of stopping power should it be needed. Finally, the fish may not think much of the matt black and electric blue livery of the SLX series, but you can’t help but admire this eye-catching colour scheme.