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The Facts: The Shimano Curado features an all aluminum frame and VBS centrifugal braking system. The reel also comes equipped with quick-release turnkey spool access, Super Stopper anti-reverse, aluminum spool, power handle, QuickFire II clutch bar and friction cast control.
|Model No.||Bearings||Gear Ratios||Capacity||Weight|
|CU200B38||4BB + 1RB||3.8:1||150/12||8.5 OZ|
|CU201B38||4BB + 1RB||3.8:1||150/12||8.5 OZ|
|CU200B||4BB + 1RB||6.2:1||150/12||8.5 OZ|
|CU201B||4BB + 1RB||6.2:1||150/12||8.5 OZ|
|CU200B5||4BB + 1RB||5:1||150/12||8.5 OZ|
|CU201B5||4BB + 1RB||5:1||150/12||8.5 OZ|
|CU100B||4BB + 1RB||6.2:1||120/12||8.1 OZ|
|CU101B||4BB + 1RB||6.2:1||120/12||8.1 OZ|
Avg. User Review (4.5 Stars):
Number of Reviews: 4
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I have the Curado 200BSF, which is the super free version that allows longer casts. This is such a great reel for the price. It is smooth and casts beautifully. I liked my first one so much that I bought 3 more(actually japan market scorpions which are mildly upgraded versions of this reel). I don't think people have to spend $300 on a reel when they can just buy this. Next year, I plan to upgrade the bearings to even further increase the performance of this fine machine.
I know that Shimano is replacing these soon so I plan on buying another one! The new one will probably have more features, but the more features, the more potential problems.
Curado 201B, 2005-09-03
Reviewer: Nene Araneta
The Curado 201B is an excellent reel in both fresh and light saltwater. I have used it extensively for surf stripers and it has performed flawlessly! Light, easy to palm, it will cast lures with ease and has the power to fight 10-15lb stripers in the surf with no problems. As far a corrosion, none so far, and Ive used it for about 4 months now in saltwater, just lightly rinse, (Not submerge) in freshwater, and wipe down and lube when needed. I wouldnt recommend the super free model for salt due to the holes on the spool. They are susceptible to saltwater getting inside the gears. Other than that, I would highly recommend the Curado for both fresh and light saltwater.
Curado CU200B5, 2005-03-14
Reviewer: Scott M. Bennard
I bought this reel for slow rolling bigger spinnerbaits and throwing deeper diving crankbaits such as DD-22's. The 5:1 retrieve ratio feels perfect to me for these applications. I tried the 3:8 one (CU200B38), but I did not like not having the ability to recover line if the fish ran toward me. The 5:1 is a great comprimise between the 6.2:1 and 3.8:1. I do not like the fact that it does not have a fine tune spool tension adjust, like say a Team Daiwa TD-S, but the spool is easy to remove which facilitates with brake adjustment and lubing. Although mine is not a Super Free version, it casts very well and reels in just as smoothly. Overall, I have been very impressed with this reel and would have no problem recommending it to anyone in search of a good cranking/slow rolling reel.
theres a reason this reel is so popular, 2005-02-18
Reviewer: Arvin Reyes
i own the curado 100B (super free spool)
small size fits nicely in the palm. casts beautifully. cranks very smooth. decent price tag at around $120. known for being the most popular reel for use by tournament anglers.
doesnt do very well in saltwater. it works fine. but you have to be very careful and vigilant in rinsing the reel off and cleaning and maintenance. i had to send mine back to shimano due to the pinion gear and the pinion bearing being rusted together.
i love this reel when it works. but hate it (as i would any other reel) when its not. im hoping that when i get the reel back, the bearings will have all been replaced with the new AR-B bearings so i wont have as much of a problem with corrosion as i have had. it is still a very smooth reel and one of my favorites to date. highly recommended.
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