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Shimano Corsair CS-401A Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels Manufacturer: Shimano
Shimano Model: Corsair CS-401A
Review Category: Fishing Reels

Purchase: Fishing Reels I purchased this reel from as a demo reel for about $48. I was hoping to use it as a musky reel for crankbaits and spinners.

Things I like about the Shimano Corsair CS-401A Fishing Reels: The reel has a great quality to price ratio. By this I mean that while other pricier reels are sometimes desribed as "bulletproof" this one gets the job I bought it for done. (I only have time for about 15-20 days per year on the water.) At the same time the $50-$80 price tag doesn't break the bank.

What I don't like about the Shimano Corsair CS-401A : The first reel shipped to me had an internal malfunction. The replacement has been working great, but I sometimes worry about the sturdiness of the reel. Quite a few of the parts are plastic, and while this doesn't mean that they will fail, the reel doesn't convey the confidence of my smaller Shimano Calcutta 251.

Fishing Reels Corsair CS-401A quality: While the reel is somewhat large, the rounded corners allow me to still palm the reel. The double handle feels comfortable and spins smoothly. It allows both the rapid cranking of a bucktail all day long, and still provides the power to pull big, toothy critters from the weeds. The greased plastic drag washers are very smooth, although they seem to limit the maximum drag to about 12 lbs. I have it spooled with 50lb Pete Mania braid and it has held up to the casts, follows, and strikes of the past two seasons. I have read reports that the width of the reel can cause problems with twisting of the frame among deep sea fishers, but with the limited number of hook-ups of large fish that I see, this has not been evident.

Corsair CS-401A summary: If you are looking for a 20-30 lb. reel that can stand up to the big boys, with Shimano quality, all for under $100, then check this reel out. After two seasons I have had no breakdowns, it still casts, cranks, and drags smoothly and even the showroom good looks have held up nicely.

Rating for this Shimano product: 4

Author of this review on Shimano Fishing Reels: prinflex

Date: 2004-03-18

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