Shimano® Cardiff® Round Baitcast Reels
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- Silky smooth, reliable performance
- 4 A-RB® stainless steel ball bearings
- Diecast aluminum frame, aluminum spool and sideplates
- Handle-side VBS® centrifugal brake
- Super Stopper® anti-reverse plus Assist Stopper
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.
Line recovery in inches per handle turn.
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 70
Rated 5 out of 5 by inshoreslam19 specktackler
Shimano never lets me down. But non the less this reel is great in saltwater! There is no difference between this reel and the shimano Calcutta other then price!
April 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kahunaz A Great entry level swimbait reel.
I picked up the Cardiff 300A last year as my first dedicated Swimbait/big bait reel. I researched this reel on forums and read tons of reviews before making my decision. The Cardiff doesn't feel as tight as higher end reels like the Calcutta, but it does its job well. I have it spooled with 80lb samurai and it casts further than the low profile reels I had been using. For the past year, I have been throwing 6-8" bbz's, larger pencil poppers, shell crackers, umbrella rigs, etc.. with no problems. The only thing I don't like is that you have to remove the side plate with thumb screws in order to adjust the reel. every time I hand tighten the screws, they will eventually back themselves out after some use. I have to snug them down with a penny or a tool to get them tight enough to not back out. I consider the Cardiff to be a great entry level Swimbait reel, though I can foresee a Calcutta upgrade in the future.
April 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Reel # 2
A few years ago I bought the 400A and have fished hard with it. It still works good, cast good and has held up good so the other day I purchased another one, Im now the proud daddy of twins. LOL
March 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by scout172 Not that great
I recently purchased the Shimano Cardiff reel and got to use it this past week-end. I catfish with Ambassador 6500C3 reels and this is my first Cardiff. I myself did not like it. It is a really noisey reel when casting and does not cast very far. It is smooth on retrieve. I find my 6500's are a way better reel.
I am returning the reel to Bass Pro Shops.
March 13, 2013
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