Shimano® Citica® Baitcast Reels

   

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CI200G7

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7.1:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
3+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
30" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.5

CI200G6

Right

6.5:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
3+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
27" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.5

CI201G6

Left

6.5:1

Line Capacity:
14/110

Braid Capacity:
30/190

Ball Bearings:
3+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
27" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
7.5
  • High efficiency gearing eliminates flex in the drivetrain
  • Super Free technology eliminates friction on the spool shaft when casting
  • QuickFire II® clutch bar for quick, easy casting
  • Super Stopper® and Assist Stopper
  • Recessed reel foot  

Bass anglers or even those looking for inshore saltwater action should find the Shimano G-series Citica Baitcast Reel much to their liking. The G-series Shimano Citica Baitcast Reel boasts proven Shimano features, such as high efficiency gearing, an aluminum frame, a lightweight Lo-Mass drilled spool system for longer casts through a wide range of lure weights, and a variable brake system for easy spool control adjustments. The Shimano Citica Reel uses three shielded stainless steel ball bearings plus a roller clutch bearing to eliminate any handle back-play.

Other features include a Super Free bearing supported pinion gear system, lightweight graphite sideplates, a disengaging LevelWind system and Quickfire II clutch bar. Maximum drag is 11 lbs.  
Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by great pick up for my arsenal The reel is great for skipping jigs under docks due to the syntrifical braking system. Ive been trying to do it with magnetic brakes and have had a hard time. This reel makes it easier. Also casts very smooth and im getting longer casts with this reel. October 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Workhorse Reel I use the Curado and Chronarch, but just go back to the Citica. The Citica is on 4 of 7 rods I carry. I just bought 3 new Citicas because I haven't bought new reels in some time. I'll take my older Citicas and set them up for guest rods when I take friends out who don't normally bass fish. October 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it! After lots of research I decided to go with the Citica over the Curado, Daiwa Inshore, and Abu Revo. I've caught Redfish, big Cuda's, Snook, Specks, Lemon Sharks, Peacocks and it's held up well. Smooth retrieving, very easily adjustable breaks and the lure break is very easy to finetune even without the clicking of most bait casters at this price range. Highly recommend it for anyone on a budget who is also looking for quality. July 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best bang for the buck Sure, not as smooth or nearly as light as my Core, but for the price, this is Shimano's best. Solid, predictable casting with excellent distance. Don't let the fact it's not made in Japan anymore scare you away, this reel is up to Shimano's usual high standards. June 11, 2013
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Yes it is!! It's actually the most used reel in the many local tourneys by the Pro/Am and Pro classes. That right there should say something.
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I've had mine for 5 years, use it at least 40 times a year and it still works like new. Just make sure to take care of it (oil it, clean dust from gears, etc) and it will last a long time. In my opinion this is one of the best bass and walleye reals out there for the money.
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Heck yes, it will last for decades. If you do the following:
1) Don't abuse it.

2) Hose it off after all saltwater outings.

3) Lube the internals once a year. (Grease on gears, oil on bearings.)

Also, you can replace the bushing with a bearing and turn this into a Curado.
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i need a new cranking rod and reel combo, which reel would be a better choice? i fish for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, i still cant decide what rod to get either, Pass pro shops carbon lite, Micro guide veritas, or a Duckett micro magic, im thinking 7' medium. Thanks for your help
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The Citica hands down is the best choice. As for the rod, any of them that you handle and that feel right to you will be a good choice. I use the Abu Garcia Vendetta rods and really like the setup.
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I use a shimano citca with a 7' medium carbon lite rod for bass and walleye. I've never had any issues. The carbon lite is very sensitive and is tons of fun to play fish on. I can't speak to the other rods strengths and weaknesses, but I am still very happy with my choice. Hope this helps.
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Look at the Daiwa Lexa 100 series. I absolutely love it. I have that on a 6'6 Veritas MH with Power Pro Slick 8 30# and it is amazing.
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For cranking definitely the Revo S and the duckett micro magic 7' medium.
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I was thinking about buying this reel with fluorocarbon line for use with lighter lures for smallmouth bass, is this reel good for light lures? Is the drag smooth?
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The drag is extremely smooth. It works decently for lighter lures, but I still add a small sinker on just to get a little extra cast distance, especially when it's windy outside. I'm sure there are better reels for light lures, but this is one of the best all around low-pro reels I have ever used.
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I use this for the same purposes and also run fluorocarbon on it and it performs very well...This past weekend I was throwing an unweighted texas rig on 12lb fluoro and it worked flawlessly.
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If you want a reel for light lures, pick a spinning reel instead
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I would not run anything less than 12lb test.
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I use this reel for Senko's which is normally a 5" rubber worm wacky rigged with no weight added. I've had no problems with it. You will have to make some adjustments, but once those are made, leave the reel alone and have it dedicated to lightweight lures. Good luck out there!
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Not really. It depends what you mean by light lures. If it means 1/4 oz yes if it means 1/8 oz. no. Your choice
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citica vs curado g

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im wondering if i should get this or the curado ( $150 dollar one). i would use in saltwater for plugs and sometimes plastics
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I have both and would definitely recommend the Curado over the Citica. Or just bite the bullet and get a Calcutta, especially if fishing saltwater. I would not recommend the Citica.
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If you're only talking a $30 difference in price, then go with the Curado. The only advantage the Curado has, at least to me, are the power handles and larger knobs. If you feel comfortable buying the more expensive Curado then by all means get it. It's a very nice reel!!
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Probably the citica because it handles saltwater better than the curado
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Both reels are great. The citca is usually a little cheaper, but the curado is the gold standard of shimano baitcasters. If you have the money I would buy the curado. That being said, you can't go wrong with either reel.
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No it does not BUT I have purchased generic reel covers and they work just fine and the cost is minimal.
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Mine did not. I don't know if they have changed this since I purchased mine.
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No, but can be purchased separately.
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No it does not
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No it does not. But it is very hard to break if you drop it.
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no you have to buy one
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Does not come with reel cover.
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Silver
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Silver with black.
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it comes in white black and silver the spool is silver
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Everything you described could potentially benefit from a different gear ratio. ;) For topwater like buzz baits and such, I use the 7.1:1. For jerk baits ... the same. Soft plastics .. well now you're into a vast world of lures and presentations and some would benefit from the faster ratio and some slower. Jerk baits ... anything will really do. Honestly, if you stayed in the 6.5:1 ratio, you'd be OK for nearly everything.
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Prob 6.4:1 .
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Go with the faster models. Here's why - other than pitching, the other techniques you mention usually involve longer casts. When you have a lot of line out, the faster gear ratios will pull in more line quickly...keeping you in contact with the lure when you twitch and jerk. The lower ratios are best for big diving crankbaits, spinner baits - lures that pull and "run" best on lower (slower) ratios. The 7:1 are awful on those baits. Remember gear ratio is only part of the equation - inches per turn matters, and that changes as your spool diameter changes. If you will use the same real for all applications go with the lower to mid ratios especially if you use light line. 5.5:1 or 6:1 is a good compromise. Faster is not always better. But the uses you mention favor the fast 7:1 ratios in my opinion if you have the luxury of dedicated rods for specific baits & techniques.
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7.0:1 the high speed let's you pick up slack line in a hurry. Since those techniques require using the rod tip to control the lure you shouldn't over work them and you should have more contact with the lure. Slower reels are better for crankbaits
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citica vs. revo s ?

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looking for a reel to pair with a 7ft medium rod; will be used for smallmouth and largemouth bass. I have a revo winch that I use for pike/musky and I love it but im wondering how the lower priced abu revo s stacks up against the citica?

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Citica wins hands down. Abu makes some really nice reels as well BUT the quality of the bearings used is the key here. For durability and smoothness, the Shimano Citica flat out wins.
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Definitely the citica. I have a citica and it is amazing. I use it for salt and freshwater. The more expensive revo is amazing to but the cheaper 129.99 one is not as great.
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citica is way better
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Yes it will.
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Yes just wash it very good i use it in both and works great.
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Perfectly fine. My buddy and I use it for redfish all the time.
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This reel is made to withstand saltwater use. Like all reels, make sure to clean them after use in saltwater. Thank you!
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Left hand for 5.5:1

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Is shimano gonna make a left hand retrieve for the 5.5:1 gear ratio?
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It is offered by Shimano. ;)
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Unfortunately, we do not have information on future inventory by Shimano. Currently, they do not make a left and retrieve in the 5.5:1 gear ratio.
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