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Shimano® Curado® E Low-Profile Baitcast Reels

   

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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
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  • 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    
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.

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.
Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 272 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buy this reel The Curado series of reels are some of the most solid reels manufactured today. For the price you simply can't get anything better. It cast a country mile, fits in your hand perfectly, has an awesome breaking system, and so much more. Hopefully shimano keeps producing this reel for many years to come. March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A very good buy For the money you can't beat it. Feels good cast a mile. I have use all kinds of line. They all work great on the reel. You can't go wrong with this reel. March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OUTSTANDING !!! Recently purchased a 300E and put it on a Shimano Teramar West Coast Inshore Rod. Spooled with 30 lb Superslick 8 braid and headed to the lake. Tied on a 1/2 oz Strike King Red Eye Shad lipless crank bait and let out over 200 yds of line and had the boat at a fast troll pace. The rig is incredibly sensitive, shaking both arms hard with bait over 200 yds out !! Then a few days later headed to the coast and fished for a week.. At 10.5 oz's this reel is powerful for it's size. This rig will throw a 3/4 oz crankbait way out there ! Shimano's Super Free Technology (bearing supported pinion gear) works well ! It's a great caster. Caught reds in the 20" range and other fish while there. Dartainium drag was very smooth. If spinning the handle with the reel off a rod, when it slows down minor vibration can be felt. The system has a minor amount of play in it. Those are minor prices to pay for such a smooth, powerful and attractive reel. Everything else seemed flawless. You can give a 24" Red Fish Skiing lesson with this reel. LOL. The flip flop paint now turns green, brown and red depending on the lighting. Gorgeous ! Tried 2 other baitcaster of the same size, different brands. The Curado is more expensive, but it's worth the extra money. Fish On !!! September 28, 2013
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The Shimano Caius sku 1964621 is not available at this time, no back orderes allowed, model number for the reel is CIS201.
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Which reel should i buy

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Im looking into getting my first baitcaster. Im stuck between the Curado, Revo SX, Pro Qualifier or the Citica. I will only be purchasing one. Any suggestions on which would be best are greatly appreciated.
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Hi there,

I have used all of the above with the exception of the Pro Qualifier.

I really like the Citica, both the new and old models. The advantage of the new curados is that some of them are considered saltwater grade so you could take them to an inshore fishery. More bang for the buck. :)

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Shimano Curado is hands down the best baitcasting reel on Earth. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
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I would suggest the BPS Pro Qualifier. Since it's your first, it is more than what you will need and with the DBS you will have full control of the reel until you get better at casting them. I have had all of the reels you mention. Usually Shimano reels are for the more experienced. Very smooth but touchy on the breaks. The Pro Qualifier will not break the bank and will never break on you as well. I hauled in a lot of bass when I had it. Now that it's been 4 years since I first started with bait casters....I have given my all to Abu Garcia. Absolutely love their Gen 3 Revo's!
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The biggest difference is the size of the reels. The 300E weighs 10.5 oz, is a 7 bearing reel while the newer G series are 7.2 oz. and a 5 bearing reel. You can go to shimano's website and they have a very simple program that puts the reels spec's in a side by side comparison.
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If you want "Better" you pay $159.... If you want "Best" you pay $250
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Shimano is giving you a cheaper model of the E series Curado with the G series. With this cheaper model a lot of your internal parts are plastic. Dont get me wrong I have a couple of the G series models and they work great for recreational fishing. If Im fishing in a tournament, I pull out the E series model to get fish in the boat quicker with minimal risk of backlashes. Short answer is, you will be pleased with both. Now you just have to weigh the decision of the $100. In my opinion the extra $100 is worth it for the better internal parts.
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the $250 curado is a 300 E. And the $159 is curado 200 G. E is old and G is new. The 300 is bigger than 200. The E is better in alot of ways. They use to make a 200E. But the 200G replace it. The G is made cheaper. Some people like them. I dont. Good luck
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The size. The 300 is much larger. The G series Curado is junk, find an older D or E series Curado or go with Daiwa.
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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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Personly, I would not... No need for it unless you,re fishing for Moby Dick!!! LOL The most I use is 20# Stren... I have recently caught a 36 1/2# Redfish on 12# Stren on a Curado 200.... Only my opinion...
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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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I purchased my 7th Curado 300E this weekend paired with a 7'0" Med. G-Loomis. I would recommend no other setup. I've used many other brands in 35 years of fishing and the 7 Curados are what's inside my rod box!!!!! Simply the best!!!!
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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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Go with 30-65 # braid, I like 40, it will not dig in and will cast just fine. All of the tourney guys around here are using 65#
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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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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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I have 2-200E, 2-200G, and 3-300E reels. They are all super fantastic reels. Only you can decide which is best for you... They are all fantastic!!!
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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
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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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