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Shimano Cardiff Round Baitcast Reel

   

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CDF200A

Right

5.8:1

Line Capacity:
14/120

Ball Bearings:
4+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
24" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.6
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CDF300A

Right

5.8:1

Line Capacity:
14/180

Ball Bearings:
4+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
24" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.9
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CDF301A

Left

5.8:1

Line Capacity:
14/180

Ball Bearings:
4+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
24" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.9
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CDF400A

Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
14/250

Ball Bearings:
4+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
22" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
11.9
  • $119.99

  • SKU: 1102355

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CDF401A

Left

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
14/250

Ball Bearings:
4+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
22" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
11.9
  • $119.99

  • SKU: 1102356

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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
  • Handle-side VBS® centrifugal brake
  • Super Stopper® anti-reverse plus Assist Stopper
Shimano® Cardiff® Round Baitcast Reels 4.5 5 55 55
Buyer Beware 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
Just Average 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
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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.
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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.
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This reel is not recommended for saltwater use. Since the reel is specifically made for freshwater fishing, the saltwater may dramatically reduce the life of the reel. Thank you!
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yes I use it in saltwater all the time
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I'm thinking lighter for musky, pike, and walleye, and for travel considerations.
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I use the 400 on a similar rod for muskie so I would say go for it!
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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.
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Is this a good Muskie reel?

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Can it handle big spinners and is a power handle available? Thanks
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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.
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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.
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can handle big bait. I have not found a power-handle that don't cost half as much as the reel itself.
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the size and the amount of line it holds.the 200 is a little bigger
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line capacity, the cardiff line are fine reels. If you fish a couple of times a week and this is not going to be your only reel, save $100, get a cardiff and pass on the calcutta.
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What rod could i match this reel up with
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BIGB Bob the 300 & 400 series reels are a beast there a perfect match for hualing in big monsters.
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OM20CB 7'. Combo worked great for me. I added Power Pro line and found that I feel the slightest tap on the line
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yes, and the ugly stik striper rod should give you the perfect striper combo
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pounds of drag?

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Im trying to find out about the drag i looking at this reel for med to light muskie and heavy bass. thanks for any help!!
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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.
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i checked out some field tests for this reel and it has 10.5 pounds of pressure.
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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.
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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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not the best it really depends on the weight of your lure or bait that you are using
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