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I'm trying to decide on the above reel choices for live bait rigs. My kids are at the point they are ready to go fishing. My first thought is the 200 is too much reel for little hands to handle, however, you really get more line capacity with the 200 spool versus the 100.

The 100 is more comfortable overall and the gear ratio is better than the 200.

Thoughts from any of you?

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

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Have you considered the Curado 100? Small palming reel with easy to get to brake adjustments. i bought one for my wife (small hands) and I broke my boys in on using this reel.
 

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Second what Lowtide says

Capt. Lowtide said:
Have you considered the Curado 100? Small palming reel with easy to get to brake adjustments. i bought one for my wife (small hands) and I broke my boys in on using this reel.
The Calcutta is more difficult to get overruns out of than the Curado. I have some the smaller Calcutta and if it overruns, it can be a time getting it corrected. Simply not much room to get your fingers in there to pick the line out.

The Curado 100 is easier to take care of that issue. With kids you are going to have your share of that.

The lower profile is easier to handle also.
 

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Curado saves you $20+. Kids tend to abuse things, or submerge things when capable. :) That is if the purchase really aint for you. LOL
 

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Infamous - I thought you would have....

Told me how easy the Calcutta is to clean.....just dont.! LOL.

Thanks for the response.
 

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I have the 250 and 150 Calcuttas, which are the same as the ones you are asking about except they're gold. My 250 gets used as a backup to the 150. The smaller reel is easier to use and lighter to carry. I have never had a problem with capacity, and have even used it offshore with decent snapper and small keeper ling. As long as you set the drag right you should be fairly safe. If you use a lighter test line(I use 12), then you might need more cap. to compensate for a lighter drag setting.

I recently purchased a Curado 100 for my mother to fish with and have really enjoyed using it. It is small and palms great, cheaper than the Calcutta, and like said above, a little easier to de-nest. Don't overlook this reel either. When I bought it, I took her down to Academy and let her hold both the Calc150 and Curado100 on a rod off the rack. She picked the one that fit her hand the best.

Have fun picking one out,

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For the kids you might try a stiffer line, like some Gamakatsu flourocarbon or similiar line. The line will be easier to pick out after an overrun and you can give it a quick yank to straighten out the kinks. Moving up a couple lbs to maybe 17 lb test will also help.
 
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