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Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby Pirate » August 11th, 2017, 4:44 pm

My son is looking to pick up another saltwater bait casting reel. He has a Shimano Curado and wants to add another high quality reel . Any recommendations?
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby Capt Ron » August 11th, 2017, 5:18 pm

Get another one just like he has. I have a mix of curados & chronarchs and for the money you can't beat the curados. I've got a couple of 300 series curados that have survived customers using them on tarpon for the last 10 years. The reels I use personally for bass, trout & reds are 200 series curados.
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby doomtrpr_z71 » August 11th, 2017, 6:15 pm

My choice for the money is the daiwa tatula type r
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby bigphishy » August 11th, 2017, 6:21 pm

that new 13 fishing reel looks interesting, no ball bearings.
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby silverking » August 12th, 2017, 3:15 pm

Shimano has 2 brand new baitcasting lines, the Curado K and the Chronarch G, introduced at this summer's ICAST tackle show. The G was designed specifically for salt water but the Curado can certainly be used in salt also.

Both have the latest design features including Micro gearing, X Ship, Hagane body, CI4+ and cross carbon drags.

The Curado comes in right and left-hand retrieve with six plus one bearings and 11 pounds of max drag. Gear ratio is 6.2:1.

The Chronarch has 8+1 bearings and 10 pounds of drag max. Two models (R/L) with 7.1:1 gear ratio and one with 8.1:1.

I've got a Chronarch coming from Shimano to test but haven't received it yet. It lists for $280 and Curado has a sticker price of $180.

Will give some feedback whenever I get a chance to cast it, but if it's half as good as its predecessors it'll be smooth, slick and feather-lite. :thumbup: I've also owned a couple Curados and had the same experience as Capt. Ron. They're bullet-proof and a great choice.
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby Pirate » August 12th, 2017, 6:50 pm

Thanks guys, He does buy the left handed models so it would be the Curado then, right?
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby silverking » August 12th, 2017, 11:52 pm

One leftie Curado and the 151HGG Chronarch is left-hand retrieve also.
http://fish.shimano.com/content/sac-fis ... rch-g.html

That's what I'm getting. I'm right-handed, but I've always cranked with the left and kept the rod in my power hand.
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby Pirate » August 13th, 2017, 10:13 am

Same with us. We have always fished that way. Guess we just don't like switching hands. Thanks for the info. Will be looking at them
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby Capt Ron » August 13th, 2017, 12:37 pm

I tried left hand retrieve bait casters 30 years ago and they did not feel right to me. I don't understand why, because I retrieve spinning and fly reels left handed.
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Re: Need opinions on baitcasting reels

Postby silverking » August 13th, 2017, 1:05 pm

Capt Ron wrote:I tried left hand retrieve bait casters 30 years ago and they did not feel right to me. I don't understand why, because I retrieve spinning and fly reels left handed.


You Texans are weird like that. :wink:
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