Shimano® Chronarch® Baitcast Reels

   

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CH50E

Right

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
10/105

Braid Capacity:
30/105

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
25" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.1

CH51E

Left

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
10/105

Braid Capacity:
30/105

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
25.2" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.1

CH200E5

Right

5.5:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
23" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.6

CH201E5

Left

5.5:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
23" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.6

CH200E6

Right

6.5:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
27" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.6

CH201E6

Left

6.5:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
27" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.6

CH200E7

Right

7.0:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
30" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.6

CH201E7

Left

7.0:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
5+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
30" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.6
  • High Efficiency Gearing (HEG®)
  • Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System
  • A7075 aluminum Magnumlite™ spool
  • Dartainium® 2 Drag Washer
  • Seven bearings (five shielded stainless steel BB, one S-A-RB® BB, one A-RB®  roller clutch bearing)
  • Variable Brake System (VBS®) with reduced mass hub for consistent spool speed
  • Super Stopper® II anti-reverse with Assist Stopper
  • Septon PV power grips
  • Titanium IP line guides
  • Double-anodized spool and handle
  • Disengaging Levelwind System
  • QuickFire II® clutch bar

Built to last, engineered to perform. The modernized compact design of Shimano Chronarch Baitcast Reels ties in perfectly with Shimano’s Crucial® rods. Among the Chronarch’s many features are an aluminum frame, lightweight graphite sideplates, a recessed reel foot for better handling, a Variable Brake System, seven bearings, Super Stopper II and Assist Stopper, a drilled handle shank, metal cast control knob, 1/8th turn easy access attached sideplate, Super Free bearing supported pinion gear system, QuickFire clutch bar, a disengaging Levelwind system, titanium IP line guide, aluminum Magnumlite spool, and Septon PV power grips.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 57 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Super Smooth Never had a baitcaster read the reviews on this bad boy so figured it would be a good on to learn on took me maybe 3 practices and I got it down very user friendly and very well built March 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by exactly what i expected i bought this for a new finesse rig and could not be more happy with it, super smooth, has tons of power and very little backlash. this was my first upscale baitcaster so had to get use to it at first but once i had it set correctly it has been amazing. i have a Citca and wanted to try a step up. Couldn't decide between it and the Quantum Smoke, Abu revo stx, but i went into basspro and held each one and the Shimano just feels smoother and just more well built, but it was pretty much a toss up between it and the Revo, i don't feel like the Quantum smoke is in the same league though. December 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointed I was looking for a new reel to use with deep diving crankbaits. After extensive research settled on the Chronarch 200E5 Used it on three trips to Lake Champlain this past season. What a disappointment. My experience was similar to other users posts where you make a cast and the spool screeches.Once that occurs it's clearly noticeable something inside the reel is preventing smooth operation of spool which significantly reduces casting distance. First I thought it was me but even after relaxing in full the VBS, spool tension knob and drag the problem yet persists. With all relaxed pulling line off the spool clearly indicates something inside the reel is still partially engaged causing a jerky rotation of spool.Fortunately for me the reel still is under Shimano's warranty so I've mailed it to them for replacement. For $200 this reel has way under performed. In the past I've used older ABU Garcia or Rick Clunn reels for crank baits. Never having a problem with either even after years of punishing use catching both big SMB and large Northerns I also own Shimano Curado's which I cannot say enough good things about. I use them for spinner baits,buzzbaits and Senko fishing. My older Curado's blow the doors off my brand new Chronarch. Hopefully like a previous reviewer stated this was a bad batch of reels slipping past Shimano's quality control and they will make it right . November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Reel I used this reel for cranking deep diving crankbaits and it works great. Very smooth and has great ball bearings so that can handle repetitive cast and reeling. October 16, 2013
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Saltwater use?

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I want to get this reel, but i am worried that it wont last in saltwater. I live on the gulfcoast and want to be able to fish both fresh and salt without having to change my reel. Shimano is known for it's saltwater durability, i was jus making sure if this reel will follow suit. (this will also be my first low profile)
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I live in Nebraska but looking at the materials its built with I would say it should be ok
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I believe only two of the bearings in this reel are anti rust. I think you can upgrade to all ar bearings for 40 bucks. If you are going to fish salt water than I would make the investment!
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This reel is saltwater approved. Just make sure you rinse it in freshwater after every use.
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Thank you, i would get the abu in a heart beat if they made it in left hand models. The new Gen 3 only come in right. I contacted Shimano, and they replied by saying that it is good for saltwater use as long as i rinse it off and use Rem Oil.
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go with revo inshore g3. in saltwater revo s u will have to wash after every use. just like curados e and chronarchs e
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50e or 200e

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I recently purchased a G-Loomis 7'.1" Mossyback M/H extra fast jig&worm rod and was wondering what size would work best for smallmouth fishing. I plan on fishing 6"-9" worms using between 3/16 - 1/4 ounce weights. I own a Chronarch 50e and feel it may be to small and I like the size of the Core 100 series but its a little out of my price range. Is the 200e too big for what I plan on using it for?
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I use the 200e for worm fishing myself, and feel the 50e is too small.
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As long as the rod and reel balance once it's on the rod. Bring your rod to the store and put the reel on it to see if it balances. If not balanced, you'll feed fatigue quickly. But no, low profile baitcasters are made for bass fishing so it'll be at home :)
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I got a 200e7, 200e5, and just purchased a 200e6. They are great for what you want. Highly suggest it.
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I like the 100 too. The 200e are not big. The 200gs are. The 200e's were made to palm. For me they are just the right size. Good luck. When $400 at your price range. Check out the Core 100mg7. That reel is just plain awesome if like the 7.1:1 gear ratio.
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I love the Chronarch, and I would definitely go with it.
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This reel is a lot like the Curado E series, just with a few upgrades. For the price, it's an awesome reel. It's built in Japan compare to Malaysia.
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The Curado from two years ago is a good reel. The new ones are junk. I have four of the new Chronarchs and plan on buying one more in the next couple of weeks. I have a 200DHSV that I use on my Carolina Rig. It is a excellent reel. The new Chronarch will make you just as happy.
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Yes. The Chronarch is the new staple reel for Shimano. Although it used to be Curado now the Chronarch is the way to go. Best 200 bucks I ever spent.
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i got a 200e7, 200e5, and just purchased the 200e6. I love them.
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Get the Curado 7 to 1 ratio or you'll be sorry. Simply the best, but even these can't swim, you have to put a life jacket on it.
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This reel is an older Curado with the Chronarch name on it and a beefed up drag system.
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The size and the ability of the 50 series to use lighter line, and throw lighter baits easier.
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That's a ugly color reel.
Buy the Pfleuger Patriarch, @ 200.00 dollars it is a High Class Reel
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I am going to buy this reel and was wondering what was the best overall reel for this. I want a M/H for all around use. I have thought about the quantum energy, and the Shimano Crucials and Compres. I was wondering if the price difference is worth it and is there any better rods suited for this reel.
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I would go with the Shimano Crucial rob series, they were made for the Chronarch and they look amazing together.
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Buy the Curado 7 to 1 ratio and match it with a Crutial Rod # CRCX72MHA Or a
# CRCX711 HA. If you can afford it you need both of them. This is what the Pros use. The Chronarch reel looks like a cheap plastic reel. The Curado looks like a money reel. Quality wise they are so close you can't tell either reel from the other in the dark. I have 2 of each rod and reel and can afford to buy anything but choose these. Cast hundreds of times a day, changing baits between the 4 rods and reels each rigged differently, almost exactly the same weight, my shoulders and arms never get sore and tired. And the Curado is even a little less expensive.
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Checkout the Abu Garcia Veritas
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The falcon bucoo is a good rod i would get a 7 foot MH
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Those are good choices.. But look at the BPS Carbonlite rods.. Strong and nice.. But personally i love the energy rods
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$199 for 5+1 bearings?

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My question is are these reels as good as a Johnny Morris Signatures series with 10+1 ball bearings? Thats something I have noticed a lot lately that. All of these high dollar reels don't have a lot of bearings. The Daiwa Zillion for example is a $300 dollar reel and it only have maybe 6 or 7 bearings. Someone help me out please and thank you.
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The amount of the bearings doesn't necessarily matter. The more you pay for a reel, the higher quality of the bearings. If you get a reel with 10 bearings but the reel was only $40, those are cheaper bearings. My zillion and chronarch are super smooth, zillion is 1 year old and still good :) Also, these high bearing count reel that are cheap tend to lose their "smoothness" quickly. Typically parts are brass in these reels and have such high tolerances they wear fast under heavy use. The higher reels will maintain smoothness longer, and forever if you maintain them
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The number of bearings does not matter as much as the quality of the bearing. The Chronarch is the best on the market in my opinion. The extra bearings on other reels are stuck in them to make you think they are better. They are in places that don't really matter. Go for quality not quantity.
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The added number of bearings is some lines of bait-casting reels are simply a selling point for some of the smaller competing companies. Some people see, Oh Wow this reel has 10 bearings it has to be better than that one. That's simply not the case.Unless you getting into deep sea reels that are cranking in 200lb marlin 6-7 bearings will be fine. Trust me when I say, the Shimano Chronarch.....best reel out there for 200 bucks. I bought my Chronarch 200E7 yesterday and am now a true believer.
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Hi this question has come up alot. The number of bearings only matters to a certain point after that its all about quality. People look at the quantity rather than quality and that is their problem. Shimano is a well known company who makes quality components on all levels.
But people are complaining about the number of bearings. I would put 5 of shimanos bearings agaisnt 11 of another companies because shimano has been making better components for longer. Look at shimano's background. they are in the bicycle business, in that business they make some of the best wheels around, Why? because of the bearings that they put in the rims. these help them use alot less energy while riding. same with the reel, when you cast the high quality bearings that are being used require less force to make them start to spin. Hope this helps a little and sorry if it took a while to get to the point.
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No affiliation with Shimano but the Chronarch is a great reel. Very smooth casts long and in my opinion worth the difference in cost over the Curado. Don't have a personal comparison with the Johnny Morris reel. I am sure it is a fine reel. Have fished with the Zillion it too is a fine reel but the Chronarch is all the reel I need. I have caught many redfish over 8 lbs and recently a cobia that was 29 in. Guess it would have been 12 lbs plus. Handled all and is as quiet and smooth as when it came out of the box.
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its not always about the amount as it is with the quality of the bearings. So if you were thinking of getting this don't be worried you wont be disappointed. Hope this helped
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I've never used a J. Morris reel but its not about the number of bearings but rather the quality of the bearings and the placement. No matter what reel you choose, I'd replace the spool bearings with ceramic ABEC7's. I'm not positive of this, but I believe the higher end reels cut back on the bearing count to eliminate weight.
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Dont worry about bearing count so much these days.. Worry about frame and body materials.. And reviews this reel is 100% amazing.. And less bearings these days are because people want everything lighter
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Its not always @ the number of bearings! I'll take 5-7 in a Shimano over 10-12 in any other reel! The Shimano Calais reels do have 11 bearings and u will never reel anything smoother than them! I have fished many reels, but always end up back with my Shimano's! With the Chronarch's @ only $200 now, I dont see any question of what reel to purchase.
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