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Shimano Curado D Series Fishing Reels
The Curado from Shimano is the baitcasting Fishing reel avid anglers have relied on for over 15 years, Shimano introduces the first major design upgrade to it popular Curado series fishing reels with the new Curado D series reels – the CU100D, 101D left-hand retrieve, 200DHSV and 200DPV. Left-hand retrieve models of both 200-size reels, the CU201DHSV and 201PDPV, will be available in spring of this year.
On the 200 size models, Shimano includes its High Efficiency Gearing (HEG), a system that uses much larger gears to provide more leverage and produce more fishing moving power.
“The one feature that anglers have asked us for year to include in the Curado series fishing reels was a gear ratio faster than 6.2:1 that can retrieve more than 25 inches of line per crank,” said Jeremy Sweet with Shimano’s product development staff. “Without HEG, a faster gear ratio fishing reel would lack power. The HEG system, oversized drive and pinion gears, and aluminum setplate and sideplate enables us to provide a blistering fast 7.0:1 gear ratio on the CU200DHSV to pull more than 30-inches of fishing line per crank - and still with the power to fight big fish in heavy cover.”
Also with Shimano’s HEG system, anglers are offered the ‘Power Version’ Curado 2000DPV with its 5.0:1 gear ratio. “Ideal for use with large crankbaits and slow-rolling oversized spinnerbaits while retrieving 21 inches of line per crank,” Sweet notes, “we also include our PV oversized power paddle grips - anglers will notice less fatigue from all-day cranking action coming from the comfort of the oversized handle grips and power of the drivetrain on this fishing reel.”
On all Curado D fishing reels, Shimano offers its new lightweight Magnumlite spool design. Using innovative drilling and support construction, the result is a spool with lowest start-up inertia of any of Shimano's fishing reels. “The Magnumlite spool provides added strength to the spool while using less material, takes less energy to start the spool spinning for a more manageable cast, and enables anglers to cast lighter baits farther and with added accuracy,” explains Sweet. Contributing to the castability and featured on all six Curado D fishing reels, Shimano’s Super Free bearing supported pinion gear system eliminates friction between the pinion gear and spool shaft for increased freespool.
To access and adjust the VBS centrifugal brake weights, the Curado B 200 size fishing reels have Shimano’s 1/4 Turn Easy Access Sideplate, while the 100 size reels have an easy to use turn-key access to remove the sideplate. On all Curado sizes, the sideplate remains attached to the reel when opened so it cannot be dropped into the water when making brake adjustments.
Anglers will also notice new features including Septon handle grip material that doesn’t get slippery when wet, and a clicking drag adjustment to reduce the chance of drag backing off at light settings. These little feature additions make a world of difference when on the water and are easily overlooked when deciding which is the best fishing reel to purchase.
Fishing Line capacities on the 6.2:1 gear ratio Curado 100 size reels range from 105 yards of 10-pound test fishing lines and up to 70 yards of 14-pound, while the 200 size Curado D’s can handle 180 yards of 8-pound test, 155 yards of 10-pound, and 110 yards of 14.
“With a new look - a new body style with a recessed reel foot so the fishing reels sits lower on the rod - better palmability - more all-day casting comfort when casting big crankbaits - the super fast line retrieve from a 7.0:1 gear ratio without any power loss, anglers will definitely notice this isn’t the same Curado,” said Sweet, “but still with original features like a large, open frame window to the spool, they’ll quickly uncover the Curado feel anglers have been accustomed to over years. With high speed and power versions for use in both freshwater and coastal saltwater action, plus the smaller 100 size models, we see the Curado D fishing reels continuing to be the ‘go to’ fishing reels for both hard core weekend anglers, tournament bass fishermen and redfish tour pros.”
For more information visit Shimano at www.shimano.com or visit your store selling fishing tackle. Shimano unlike some fishing tackle companies also has a product support team available for you to call with questions about Shimano fishing gear. The phone number to reach them is (877)577-0600 and they are available from 6:00 am to 5:00pm Pacific time.
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