Bought a new Baitcasting Reel today – Shimano Curado 200E7

I used this blog as an excuse to purchase a new fishing reel today. The reel I purchased is the Shimano Curado CU200E7 low profile baitcasting reel. It was actually a pretty tough choice as the $150 price range is filled with pretty solid reels. So I did a bunch of searching and read reviews and settled on the Quantum Tour KVD TKVD150HPT, that is until I saw the price of $300. Well beyond my budget and the scope of what this blog is about. In the end I settled on the runner up, the previously mentioned Shimano Curado.

Shimano Curado CU200E7
Shimano Curado CU200E7

This Shimano will be replacing two old Quantums and an old Penn baitcaster. Those reels served me faithfully for probably two decades.

For now I will be using a rod that I have on hand until I decide on and can afford a new rod. Look for pictures and a review at a later date.

Here’s some info on the Shimano Curado CU200E7

  • The new 200’s are smaller than 100’s with the capacity of a 200
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Lightweight Graphite Sideplates (Aluminum Handle Side on 300 sizes)
  • Recessed Reel Foot
  • High Efficiency Gearing (HEG)
  • Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System (SF)
  • A7075 Aluminum Magnumlite Spool
  • Dartainium Drag
  • 7 Bearings • 1 S A-RB BB • 5 Shielded Stainless Steel BB • 1 A-RB Roller Clutch Bearing
  • Variable Brake System (VBS) with Reduced Mass Hub
  • Super Stopper II
  • Assist Stopper
  • Drilled Handle Shank
  • Septon PV Power Grips (SV on 300 sizes)
  • Cold Forged AL Drag Star with Clicking Adjustment
  • Titanium IP Line Guide
  • 1/8 Turn Easy Access Attached Sideplate
  • Metal Cast Control Knob
  • Double Anodized Spool and Handle
  • Disengaging Levelwind System
  • QuickFire II Clutch Bar
  • Made in Japan
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines

Here are the specification specific to the CU200E7 model:

  • Line Capacity – 8/180, 10/155, 14/110
  • Gear Ratio – 7.0:1
  • 7 Bearings
  • 30 Inches Per Crank
  • Right Hand
  • 11 Pounds of Drag
  • Weight 7.6 Ounces

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