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Shimano Curado E Low-Profile Baitcast Reel

   

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CU300E

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6.2:1

Line Capacity:
14/190

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
10.5
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CU301E

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6.2:1

Line Capacity:
14/190

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
10.5
  • $249.99

  • SKU: 1532616

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Greater comfort means better control. Shimano® has enhanced the popular Curado® by downsizing the body, upsizing the gearbox, and increasing the bearing count—improvements which add up to a much smaller, lighter reel that's also smooth, strong, and ergonomically precise. High Efficiency Gearing (HEG) assures clean, flex-free retrieves, even under heavy loads; a shielded S A-RB® ball bearing at the reel's heart helps maintain performance over the long haul. Rugged aluminum frame with A7075 aluminum Magnumlite® spool; titanium line guide; Super Free; pinion gear support system; Variable Brake System (VBS®); Super Stopper II with Assist Stopper; Dartainium® drag. 6+1 bearings.

  • Smooth, strong and ergonomically precise
  • Rugged, 1-piece aluminum frame and side plate
  • High Efficiency Gearing offers unmatched strength
  • Super Stopper Instant Anti-Reverse System
  • Variable Brake System (VBS)
  • Dartainium drag
  • Magnumlite spool

HEG (High Efficiency Gearing) uses advanced componentry and solid 1-piece frame and sideplate construction to eliminate flex in the drivetrain, for unmatched strength. Super Stopper is Shimano's exclusive instant anti-reverse system, built with a one-way roller bearing that eliminates all back-play in the handle for instant hooksetting power. Super Free is a bearing-supported pinion gear system that holds clutch elements in precise alignment, virtually eliminating friction on the spool shaft during the cast. Quick Fire® II enables quick, easy casting. The clutch bar disengages the spool, allowing the line to free-spool, slowed only by the brake setting. The spool re-engages quickly as the handle is turned. Fluidrive® gearing means that your reel was manufactured with the highest tolerances and utmost control in the gear-cutting process, to ensure a smooth, powerful retrieve every time. Line recovery in inches per handle turn.

Shimano® Curado® E Low-Profile Baitcast Reels 4.9 5 261 261
Doesn't get much better than this! I just bought my fourth Curado for my Dobyns 735c. I considered getting something different just to put a little color on my rod rack, but I realized that you really can't do better for the money. And really, there's no reason to spend more money. This is a quality, versatile reel that casts like a beauty and has plenty of power for perhaps all but the gnarliest cover. It is durable and doesn't require a ton of maintenance. To top it all off, the redesigned frame is very compact and ergonomic, and just nestles into your palm. For most of your bass fishing and other types of fishing, this is a go-to baitcaster. One of the best ever made. March 11, 2010
Curado 300e Best swimbait low profile reel on the market. Paired up with a St. Croix muskie rod. Casting 3-5oz baits all way to cuba. Use this on bull reds,jacks,black drum,sheepshead, small sharks, and tarpon. The drag is outstanding. All around reel if ask me. August 11, 2012
SuperSMooth I just purchased the 300E This thing is smooth. It is much larger than the 200E. Doesn't fit well on Smaller rods under 7'. I put it on a 7'6'' pitchin rod. Huge line Capacity. Check out the Chronarch 200E if you want something just as smooth as the classic Curado200E. Will work great in near shore salt water fishing for red drum/sea trout July 5, 2012
Shimano Curado's I purchased (2) Curado 200E5 about 2 years ago (not from BPS). These are great reels and enjoy baitcasting with them. I am 66 years old and after heart surgery I needed lighter reels than my old standby's Abu 5600 and 6600 C4's. These Curado's are great reels but I had to clean them up. The bearings made noises and the dartinium drag was so dry it was stuck to the main gear. After cleaning them up, re-greasing them with Arden Reel Butter Grease and Oil for the bearings, they are now great. This brings me to the Curado 300E I just purchased. Same thing. Completly dry but after cleaning it up and re-greasing and oiling, it is what it should have been. I know everyone says use shimano drag grease but as a retired engineer, some grease is better than "NO GREASE". This is no fault of BPS but I now am going to take apart every new reel and re-lube it. The Curado's are great reels just need some TLC to start with. May 2, 2012
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would any of you use 50lbs braid on this reel,

i want the tranx but it's 500$
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The Curado 300E should be able to handle just about and Norther Pike or Musky.
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I have 65# Power Pro on mine and it cast great!
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I will be honest, I am not a musky fisherman but is 11lbs of drag of the $160 model or the 15lb drag of the more expensive other two version enough for you?

I consider 20lbs of drag a lot of resistance for larger gamefish. The Curado's drag is far short of that. If you are going to spool with 50lb braid wouldn't you want a drag that can attain at least half that strength? I'm not criticizing, just curious.

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I use 50# powerpro on my Curado E7 and it performs great.as for the 40# I couldn't tell You.I never caught a 40# Musky.
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Daiwa Zillion or Curado?

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I have a team daiwa pro and love it but would like an upgrade on casting distance & overall quality. Should i go with what i know with Daiwa or try shimano?
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Both are my go to brands but honestly give the curado a go you will not be dissappointed...the reviews do not lie...there are alot of anglers that stick with "there brand" and thats fine...
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I LOVE the Curado and the new versions are supposedly even more durable. I assume you are using this reel for freshwater fishing but the older version holds up okay in salt as well.

I know Diawa is really stepping it up as far as higher end products but Shimano wrote the book on smooth operating, long lasting reels.

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No. You release the spool and use your thumb to control it if you want to troll.

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no. Only a free spool release controled by hand

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No, it does not. My suggestion is hopefully not an insult to your intelligence. In order to keep your spool from backlashing you have two options: 1: tighten up the tension knob until it barely lets line free or 2: keep your thumb on the spool once you disengage the reel (click the casting thumbbar).

I would not let this concern keep you from purchasing this reel. As far as I know there are no low profile baitcasting reels that have a reverse.

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No. U put your thumb on the spool and release the line with thumb tension. If you are trying to reach certain depths you need a reel that counts feet. This is not a trolling reel. Its a casting reel. And a very very good one at that.
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Cu200E7 vs CU50E

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Your add shows a CU200E7 but the choices only have CU50E.
This isn't the same reel is it?
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No. The 200E7 is a 7:1 (fast retrieve) and the 50E is 6.4:1 (medium retrieve) with less line capacity and. In addition, I believe both these models are being retired in 2011. The new models (200G...) are out but BP only has the 200G6 in stock. I will be buying the 200G5 and 200G7 as soon as they arrive.

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It is not the same reel. I own both models and both are good reels. The difference is the 50 is smaller and holds less line. It's fine for most bass fishing applications and I don't have to use backing with the 50's.
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Nope it is not the same reel. The 50 series is even smaller then the 200, weighs less and has less line capacity. Everything else remains the same
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No, they are different. The 50E is lighter, smaller and has less line capacity than the 200E. The 50E is better at casting lighter baits due to its lighter spool.
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im new to fishing with braid. i have 3 curado's and only have used flourocarbon and they work great but with braid i cant cast at all! i put suffex 832 10# on it and im not sure why it cant cast half as good as flourocarbon. Is it because 10# braid is actually 4# flouro and the reel is made for 12# test or does suffex 832 just suck?
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Powerpro...ive had no problems
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The composition of braided line is going to cause some degradation when casting. Never used suffex 832 but i do have braid on some of my Curados. One tip I received was to make sure i keep a fuller spool when using braid as opposed to flouro. Normally I am using braid when casting into heavy cover (weeds, trees, grass, etc) so I don't need to get max cast length like i do when I am throwing jerk/swim/crank baits with flouro.

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no. I use 30 lb Power Pro. Use mono backing and wind braid tightly on spool. no casting into the wind.

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As stated before, 10lb braid is way too thin. Not only does it dig it self in, but it snaps way too easily. I wouldnt use anything under 50lb test, which is usually around a 10lb test diameter. I had 50lb (12lb equivalent) suffix 832 on for a while just to try it out, but I recently switch back to my 70lb Daiwa Samurai which is also equivalent to 12lb test. I liked the suffix 832, but I really like the Samurai braid!
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10# test is too thin. It digs into the spool. I have tried 15# p.pro and it is the same case. Try something in the 20-40# range. I personally do not fish braid in casting setups less than 50# test. I have fished with people that are convinced that there is no reason to fish less than 60# test braid. You will have to find your own comfort with this stuff in accordance to what type of fishing you are doing obviously.

I love braid on my spinning setups. Fluoro is the way to go on casting.
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Not 5.0:1 but they do have a 5.5:1. You would be looking for a 201E5 (old model) or 201G5. Curados use the following model numbers:
200 series:
200 = Right hand
201 = Left hand
E = old model
G = new model
5 = 5.5:1
6 = 6.4:1
7 = 7.1:1

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No. I wish it was. But it is not.
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Not the older model. But theres a low gearing version in the new 2011-2012 models
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Which curado is best

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There are many types of Shimano Curados. Which one out of these is better, and lasts longer, or is there any difference in quality. My question is if there is a difference in these curados, which one is best. 200e, 50e, or the 200g.
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The E's are the old models, The G's are the models (fewer bearings, smaller body, more line cap, lighter). My E's have lasted for years. Going to buy a G as soon as BP has some. You just need to decide what retrieve you prefer:
5.5 = 23" per crank (E5, G5)
6.4 = 27" per crank (E6, G6)
7.1 = 30" per crank (E7, G7)
200 = Right Hand
201 = Left Hand

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I have both the 200e and 50e models. I prefer the 200e because I have big hands. If you have small hands, the 50e might be best for you.
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Think they are discontinuing the 200e, so your choice would be the 200g, its replacement. Sweet reel, the curado. Put one on your rod and make the decision yourself. I never buy a reel unless I have it on a rod to check balance, feel, etc.
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The 50e is the lightest and smallest at 6.9 oz. With its smaller spool it holds 85 Yards of 12lb test. The lighter and smaller spool makes it easier to cast lighter baits.

The 200e Is slightly heavier and larger at 7.6 oz. It has a larger line capacity and holds 110 yards of 14lb test and 155 yards of 10lb test.

The 200g is Shimano's newest series of the Curado. It is slightly lighter than the 200e weighing in at 6.9oz, but has the same line capacity. These reels are expected to be available from late summer to early fall.

The E series and previous curado models have proven themselves to last. Only time will tell if the new G series will hold up against its predecessors, but id bet that they will.
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201e7 vs. JM Gold Series

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Is the curado 201e7 retrieve smoother than the Johnny Morris Gold Series reel. And also, does the curado cast further than the Johnny Morris? Thanks.
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your comparing a bass pro shops reel to a company that devotes themselves to making reels.
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No doubt about it.

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Shimano is the best baitcast reel brand on the market. The only baitcast I have used that compares are the Lews reels. BPS are just fine but if you are going to spend the money why not buy a reel from a reel manufacturer?? I have curados and they are absolutely amazing. BPS is not comparable, I have them too.
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The Johnny Morris Gold and Signature series reels are the smoothest reels I have used on both the cast and retrieve. I can get the same distance on both my curado 200e7 and my Johnny Morris, but the curado takes less effort. Allthough I love and use both reels almost daily, I feel the Johnny Morris out performs the Curado on those really windy days.
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Yes, the ones with the model number ending in 1 are left handed ex 200e5 is a right hander with a 5:1 ratio and a 201e5 would be a left hander with a 5:1 ratio.
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Yep, I have a left hand retrieve. All models ending with a #1. Is left hand. I personally own the 201e, and let me tell you it is a great reel.
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yes. The CU51E, CU201E, and the CU301E are all left hand reels.
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