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Shimano Socorro SW Review

Shimano Socorro SW Review

In the Shimano Socorro SW review, we will take a look at Shimano’s offering for what I would classify as a no-frills saltwater fishing reel that falls in the “average” price range for a good reel.

While at first glance, the Shimano Socorro SW spinning reel looks similar to the Shimano Spheros SW spinning reel, upon closer examination, we can see that there is actually a big difference between these two reels.

The Shimano Socorro SW spinning reel is about as basic a saltwater reel as you can get and is built with quality components.

The basics of the reel are the strong and reliable Hagane gearing combined with Shimano’s X-Ship technology for a smooth retrieve and cross carbon drag washers with between 22 and 27 lbs of drag.

If you are looking to purchase a rugged but basic spinning reel that will get the job done and you do not need a model larger than a 10,000, then the Shimano Socorro SW might be a good option for you.

Personally, I feel that classifying this reel with the SW for saltwater is a bit of a stretch since one of the main things that I look for in a saltwater reel, (sealed ball bearings) is missing.

The Bottom Line

recommended for saltwater

  • My good quality mid-tier spinning reel for larger species
  • Very smooth reel with a great drag
  • High level of manufacturing quality, parts are easy to find and reel is easy to maintain
  • Quality Hagane gearing

The Shimano Socorro SW is an all-around winner and is available HERE.


Rugged saltwater reel for inshore or offshore – As I said above, this is a basic and well-built reel that has no frills.  The construction is solid and if you take meticulous care of it, it should last.

Hagane cold-forged gearing – As with the majority of Shimano reels these days, the Socorro SW is built with Hagane cold-forged gearing, which produces a very smooth gearing system.  Instead of cutting the gears, the cold-forging process used allows for a more precise gear to be manufactured consistently.

Not only does this process create a smooth gear but it also creates a very strong gear as the gears can mesh tightly together.

X-Ship Technology for perfect gear alignment – Shimano’s use of two bearings — one on each end of the pinion gear to support it, means that the gears stay in alignment.  A typical challenge for many reels is that under a heavy load, as you get on big saltwater reels, the torque will have a tendency to twist the gears out of alignment.

When this happens, you can feel the reel bogging down when you crank it and the gears are going to wear much more quickly.

4+1 bearing system – In my opinion, Shimano cut a corner that they should not have cut on a saltwater reel.  If a reel is going to be designed primarily for use in saltwater, then you need to provide at least minimal protection.

To me, minimal protection is the use of anti-corrosion ball bearings, if not shielded ball bearings.

Cross-Carbon Drag system – Shimano uses a Cross Carbon Drag washer in the Scorrow SW, which provides a smooth drag from the time you get pressure on it all the way through the fight.  The Cross-Carbon Drag is a registered trademark of Shimano.

Basically, the cross-carbon drag has a hatch pattern on it that provides for a strong and smooth drag that is needed when fighting larger pelagic species that love to run fast and hard.

 Features at a Glance

  • Rugged saltwater reel for inshore or offshore
  • Superior durability, power, and smoothness
  • Hagane cold-forged gearing
  • X-Ship Technology for perfect gear alignment
  • Efficient 4+1 ball bearing system
  • Powerful, wide-ranging Cross-Carbon Drag system

The Shimano Socorrow SW is available in 4 sizes.

The Socorro 5000SW will retrieve line at a rate of 31″ per crank and handle up to 245-yards of 20-pound braid or 240-yards of 10-pound mono line. The 6000SW retrieves at a rate of 33 ” of line per crank and handles up to 290-yards of 30-pound braid or 265-yards of 12-pound mono line.

Both of these reels feature 4:6:1 gear ratios and have a maximum drag of 22 lbs.

For those of you that need larger line capacity, the Socorro 8000SW will retrieve line at a rate of 37″ per crank and handle up to 340-yards of 40-pound braid or 345-yards of 12-pound mono line.

Personally, I would most likely use 265 yards of 50 lbs braid on this model. The 10000SW retrieves at a rate of 40″ ” of line per crank to get those bigger fish back to the boat quicker.  You can load the spool with up to 360-yards of 50-pound braid or 500-yards of 12-pound mono.

Why you would want to put 12 lb. mono on a reel this big, I have no idea.  For the 10000SW, my choice would be the 50 or 60 lbs braid.  Both the 8000SW and the 10000SW have a 4:9:1 gear ratio and have a maximum drag of 27 lbs.

In this size reel from Shimano, there is not going to be much of a weight difference between models with the Hagane body.

For our field test, we took the Socorro 8000SW offshore to one of our favorite grouper holes.  Overall, the reel performed well, it was smooth to retrieve and when a smaller fish was snapped up by a 5″ shark, the drag performed well under the load.

I wish we had been able to get into some pelagics so that I could have tested the drag more.


  • Price
  • Strength of design


  • I would like to see more saltwater protection
  • Stainless steel ball bearings are not sealed


If you want a Shimano reel, then this is going to be the least expensive you are going to find that can handle the larger species.  The next step up in the Shimano line of reels would be the Shimano Spheros SW, which is one of the best reels from Shimano when you compare the features you get for the price.

Speaking of price, this reel will cost you about 50% more.  Read the full Shimano Spheros SW review HERE.

Another excellent reel to consider would be the Quantum Cabo PTSE which is going to have a similar price point at the Shimano Spheros SW but like the Shimano Spheros SW, it is going to be a truly sealed reel that will most likely stand the test of time much better than the Shimano Socorro SW.   Read the full Quantum Cabo PTSE review HERE.

Daiwa has what is going to be a better bang for the buck, in my opinion, with their Daiwa BG SW Spinning Reel. To date, this is my favorite reels for the price because it is capable of standing up to both harsh saltwater conditions as well as larger species of inshore and offshore fish.  Read the full Daiwa BG SW Spinning Reel Review HERE

In Conclusion

If you are a Shimano diehard and you know who you are — and you are looking for a no-frills saltwater reel that can be used for everything from surfcasting to jigging and going after the larger pelagic species, then this might be a good solution for you.

For my money, I am going to save a bit more and go for the Shimano Spheros SW at about 60% the price of the Socorrow SW.  Why? Because if I am going to be fishing for larger saltwater fish, I want a reel that is designed for the saltwater, and by that, I mean a reel that has corrosion resistant or sealed features.

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