Shimano Citica I Series Low-Profile Baitcast Reel

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Shimano Citica I Series Low-Profile Baitcast Reel is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 15.
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Despite its ergonomic low-profile design, the Shimano® Citica® I Series Baitcast Reel is a powerhouse baitcaster, loaded with top-tier performance updates that make it an even better value than ever. As always, with the Shimano Citica, think "smooth." While its 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings (and 1 Super Stopper Anti Reverse roller bearing) have built a reputation for fluid casting and retrieving in previous models, the Citica I Series adds the vaunted X-Ship, SVS Infinity, and Stable Spool Design features that actually combine to enhance the total system smoothness you'll experience, every time out. All in all, this is a tighter, crisper, more effortless-performing reel than any Citica that's come before—a real treat to use for virtually any gamefish that swims in freshwater. With its Power AL aluminum frame, Super Free Spool technology, advanced Cross Carbon Drag system, and built-in Escape Hatch for instant maintenance, this Citica baitcaster will be filling your livewell for a long time to come.

  • X-Ship reduces friction and enhances gear durability
  • SVS Infinity Brake System for ultra-precise cast control
  • Shimano Stable Spool Design delivers smooth running
  • 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • 1 Super Stopper Anti Reverse roller bearing
  • Power AL aluminum frame
  • Super Free Spool technology
  • Smooth, precise Cross Carbon Drag
  • Escape Hatch for easy maintenance access


X-Ship provides improved gear durability. By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear maintains precise alignment with the drive gear. This means the gears will stay in the same position under the heaviest loads. The added benefit is that friction between the spool shaft and gear is eliminated, enhancing the casting performance with lighter lures, and allowing for longer casts.

SVS Infinity

Shimano's newest innovation in brake system technology, SVS Infinity provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force on the Citica I Series baitcasting reels. With brake weights that use 'inner friction' against the raceway during the cast, SVS Infinity controls spool speed especially when using lighter lures, plus the external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch baits. Combined with X-Ship Technology, anglers will experience precision cast control.

Shimano Stable Spool Design (S3D)

Shimano's S3D technology leads to significantly reduced spool vibration. By designing a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminum constructed spool, S3D creates an incredibly smooth feeling when casting and retrieving lures.

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