Shimano®'s Cardiff® Round Baitcast Reels are equipped with 4 A-RB® stainless steel ball bearings for long-term reliability. Very smooth; high retrieve speed. Diecast aluminum frame, aluminum spool and sideplates, Diecast aluminum frame, aluminum spool and sideplates, handle-side VBS® centrifugal brake,Super Stopper® anti-reverse plus Assist Stopper™. Recessed reel foot puts the reel closer to the rod for comfort and leverage. 400 Series reels have non-disengaging levelwind and clicker.
Silky smooth, reliable performance
4 A-RB® stainless steel ball bearings
Diecast aluminum frame, aluminum spool and sideplates
Great reel for the price
I brought this reel (300A) for summer fluke fishing at the jersey shore and was extremely satisfied with smoothness and performance. I spooled with 30# powerpro braided line, never had any failures to hook up when went to set the hook. One word of advice, if using braided line use mono backing or the little foam pad (supplied with powerpro) to prevent slippage on the spool. Had a problem at first, talked to shimano and worked out the problem was line slippage and not any issues with the drag or the reel. I plan on getting another for next season.
September 9, 2012
I have the 200 model and it is the best reel ever. With this reel you can cast far with ease and control. I own alot of bait caster reels including the new low profile baitcasters and this shimano out performs them all.
September 5, 2012
shimano cardiff baitcasting reel
best catfish reel ever.i bought three of these reels about five years ago gave those to my brother still in real good shape and bought three more and if i ever need anymore catfishing reels i will buy these reels again.best reels i ever used
May 28, 2012
The best real for the money period
I purchased two or the 400 models to use for big flathead catfish.I I liked them so much I just bought a third. I could not be happier with the way they perform! They cast like a dream and the bait clicker is a life saver, fishing for catfish at night. Ive tried abu garcia and pflueger but these reals in my opinion are more solid and well made. I would definately recomend them to anyone looking for a nice baitcaster that holds a lot of line. I have also used them in saltwater and they still work like a champ!
February 14, 2012
They have special bearings that are corosion resistant. I use them and have read several reviews of people who use them in saltwater. I would definately rinse them off with fresh water after use and keep them well lubed.
Have been fishing the reel in the salt for over 4 years. I even dip the reel in the water to lube the line before the first cast. NO RUST YET. the main thing about reels being used in the salt is care. rinse down the reel in warm freshwater when you get home. take it apart and apply some light cleaning agents. SOME those drags need to stay dryish.
I personally like round reels for baitcasters. I got the 300a for the sole purpose that it has a 'clicker' for live bait striper fishing here in Ca. I wish we had muskies, pike and walleye here. For chucking lures all day I would go for the 200 series.
I use the 400 model for everything from Muskie to big catfish. I love them they have a lot of power. I dont know if you can order some kind of power handle for them. I did not see it as an option when I ordered mine. There might be another one that would fit on it though. Big spinners wouldnt be a problem. Great reel for the price.
It's a solid, decent reel. Basspro sells an aftermarket power handle item 38-350-834-01 that will fit it. It has the same paddle spacing as the ABU revo winch. I use mine to throw double 10 spinners. It works well for me.
The Cardiff is a great reel. I use mine for sturgeon fishing out here in ca. For musky I would use the 200good class reel. I use the larger class and its profile is to large to be using it for casting musky spinners and other lures all day.
I would say no. I prefer a high speed reel like 7 to 1 ratio for throwing frogs. (Hny toad) It's just easier to get those legs kickin with the higher ratio. If you are OK with the lower ratio, then the Cardiff will work fine for the slop.
I don't forsee any adversity, I've used this baitcaster for just about and in all kinds of senarios from throwing big saltwater surface plugs at Cobia and Tarpon to cut bait for many different species of fish and bottom bouncing jigs for anything and everything. Give one a try, you won't be sorry. I mostly use the CDF400A model for both salt and fresh water
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