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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
After reading the reviews and looking at the reel in the store, I purchased the 300A. It appreared to be solidly built and worked smoothly. When I cast the reel normally while fishing for the very first time with it, the sideplate just fell right off. I then utilized the quick take down screws and removed the spool. It was then that I found two tiny little screws, all that held on the sideplate, laying loose inside the reel. They normally attach to two little plastic sockets that were stripped out. Very poor design. I took the reel back for a refund.
May 15, 2011
Quality, Quality, Quality
This reel just screamed quality from the time I pulled it out of its box. I fished with it the day after I got it and I can't say enough good about it. It feels very stable in my hand. I used it for bottom fishing/jigging and it worked great. Then the tide went slack and I had to cast & jig and a couple quick turns on the brakes and I was casting a jig head as far as I could ever want to. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this reel.
April 28, 2011
Great all around reel!
This is a great reel, it helps you whenever you need it to and it is always there for you when you are in doubt. It is easily casted and it can be used on your normal casting and flipping rods all the way up to your swimbait and ocean rod. Definately worth the money.
March 27, 2011
Picked up this reel a couple of months ago and Ive not exactly been impressed. It was nice and smooth until I spooled it up and started casting. After about 4 fishing trips it's lost its smooth and quiet performance. Setting the braking system was more difficult than with my less expensive Garcia Ambassadeur 5500
March 22, 2011
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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