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Shimano "Curado E"
Reel Reviews
April 03, 2014    
(Updated: April 10, 2014)
Overall rating 

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
2-6 times
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