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Shimano Calcutta 700 Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels Manufacturer: Shimano
Shimano Model: Calcutta 700
Review Category: Fishing Reels

Purchase: Fishing Reels Two and a half years ago my younger brother bought him a Calcutta 200 for bass fishing. He told me how good of a reel it was and how incredibly smooth it cast. Well hearing so much about the Calcutta and know how good Shimano reels were I decided to look into buying a saltwater reel. Something that would hold up and last a long time. I went to a few sporting goods stores and look at there selection they had of "highend" reels. I ended up going to Dance's Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights, Va. I liked the Penn 965 and 975 and the Calcutta 700. I bought the Calcutta 700 because the reel felt very solid and had a good reputation. The Penn did not feel as good as the Calcutta did and It just had to many parts. So I ended up buying the Calcutta 700 for $256. A little steep but well worth every penny.

Things I like about the Shimano Calcutta 700 Fishing Reels: Once I tried my new reel out I instantly new that I liked my new reel. The reel cast long and smooth. There was no restriction in the cast. When I caught my first big fish on this reel (a 39" Striper)I realized how good the drag on this reel was. Mot only did it handle the fish it was smooth and the reel did not flex and twist while the fish was pulling. I knew that this was a good real. I have caught some nice fish on this reel 50lb catfish, Black drum, stripers, even nice tautogs and nothing has yet come close to straining it.

What I don't like about the Shimano Calcutta 700: The one thing I don't like about the reel is when you lay the reel down on something rough it really scratches the aluminum up. It is a shame to mess up a nice looking reel. Also the wooden grip on the handle has screwed off a few times on me until I fixed that with a little thread lock. Other than those two things I have little to complain about.

Fishing Reels Calcutta 700 quality: The construction is of the finest material and is built with precision. The whole reel feels like is one solid piece of aluminum. You can tell that this is a real quality fishing reel.

Calcutta 700 summary: The Calcutta 700 is one of the best and smoothest fishing reels that I have ever caught fish with. It does not buckle under pressure. I would highly recommend this fishing reel.

Rating for this Shimano product: 5

Author of this review on Shimano Fishing Reels: Christopher Willis

Date: 2004-03-23

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