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Shimano "Curado E"

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Shimano Curado E

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249.99

Kayak anglers can bank on the tournament-proven dominance of the Shimano "Curado E" low-profile reel, with the line capacity and fish-turning torque you need to wear long-fighting trophies into submission. The Magnumlite® spool with a titanium line guide provides unparalleled line control and long-distance casting. Super Free® pinion gear system offers frictionless freespool. Assist Stopper anti-reverse results in consistent, solid hooksets. Corrosion-resistant, double-anodized spool and handle. Cold-forged drag star. Recessed reel foot adds to the low-profile setup. Easy-access 1/8-turn graphite sideplate. Septon® nonslip grips for optimal control in wet or dry conditions. Aluminum frame and aluminum Magnumlite spool.

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5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Craftsmanship 
 
4.8  (5)
Durability 
 
4.6  (5)
Versatility 
 
4.4  (5)
Value 
 
4.4  (5)
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Great musky reel!

I only use left handed reels and Shimano made a great one here! This is my musky reel I use the most. You can tell its extremely well constructed and solid. Casts great and can handle large fish without any kind of issue. If you wanted one reel for musky this would be it!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Large Lakes
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very durable, well constructed, smooth, casts great
Cons:
price

Equipment Model

Model:
301
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Excellent Baitcaster Reel!

I own 4 curado fishing reels now. I have one of the "old" style green ones and 3 of the newer model silver ones. I absolutely love these reels. You can really tell shimano put their time in on making these. I have 30lb braid on most of mine and can cast these a mile in the water. The handles are very nice and easy to grab and the adjustable brakes make this a must have reel. I recommend this to anyone looking for a quality bait caster.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Well made, light weight, casts well

Equipment Model

Model:
Curado
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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Excellent reel for baitcasting and jigging

These comments are with reference to the Shimano Curado 300EJ model baitcasting reel. It is a versatile reel that I use for both boat and kayak fishing on lakes and in the ocean. I have 300 yards of 30 lb. test Daiwa Samurai braid line on it and it easily fit on the spool.

Casting is excellent with adjustable brakes that are quick to access and adjust. Release is right at the thumb and it is not an overly wide reel so it is easy to work the line and use the reel for jigging in lakes and in the ocean.

I use it on both baitcasting rods and jigging rods (Tescata and Blue Hole Hurricane) where it makes for a very lightweight combination that can be used tirelessly for hours.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Compact size, light weight, power handle, casting distance

Equipment Model

Model:
300 EJ
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(Updated: April 10, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

The Best

I was fortunate to be one of the first to receive both the E7 and E5 reels. As usual with Shimano they are "First Class". I've also been fortunate to be the first with many other manufacturer's bait-casting reels in the $100 - $350 category and I would rate the new Curado series at the top of the bunch both in value and quality. Shimano has stayed with the the same braking system they use on all their reels. Casting with one of the new Curado series is a pleasure. Drag pressure is great and the gearing is perfect. I can't imagine any better.

If you like super fast retrieve then the E7 is the reel for you. If you prefer a slower retrieve then the E5 would be the reel of choice. I must say I am surprised they did not also add an E6 (200 series) with 6.0 ratio but I'm betting it will be on the market soon just as Abu Garcia has added the new 5.41 to their Revo line. I am very impressed with how light the reel is compared to how tough it is and I've pretty much put them through the wringer the last couple of months. Another plus is the open area between the wide spool and line guard for those of us with big thumbs. That open area on the top is also great for threading the line through the line guide. As always Shimano did it right.

For all around fishing fun you owe it to yourself to buy an E7 for that run and gun fishing and also an E5 for slow rolling spinnerbaits, pulling crankbaits, and jig fishing. The great thing about them is the E7 and E5 use the same frame and you don't know which you have in your hand until you start cranking or look at the side plate. I've already added two more to my collection.

If you are not use to the difference between high speed and low speed reels keep in mind that a one pound bass will feel like a five pounder when using the E7 and a five pounder will feel like a 1 pounder when using the E5. Goes with the territory of having one reel that will crank in 30 inches of line per turn of the handle (the E7) and another that cranks in 22 inches of line per turn of the handle (the E5). I did measure em and that's the figures with full spools. Overall I rate these reels as the best I've used since the old Daiwa PS25B reels were the rage on the market and believe me I've used many that are so called "The Best".

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
2-6 times
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Baitcaster skeptic now a believer

I've been a baitcaster skeptic for several years, mostly because I could never cast one without ending up with a nest on the spool. A few weeks ago my friend let me use his Curado and showed me how to properly adjust the reel to prevent this problem. I cast a few times and under proper guidance was able to successfully cast.

I opted to purchase the CU200e7 when it was on sale. With the knowledge of proper adjustment on my side I set out for the lake and after several hours of use I could not be happier. This thing can really pull in some line! Perfect for what I intended it to do. I am enjoying this reel so much that as soon as the CU200e5 is back in stock that I'll be picking one of those up to replace my spinning reel.

I am a baitcaster convert after seeing how fast and easy it is to cover the water with this setup. The cast distance is phenomenal, and the fine tuning adjustments are easy to make. I wish I had found this product years ago.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
7-15 times

Equipment Model

Model:
CU200e7
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