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Old 05-12-2020, 02:11 PM   #1
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Im looking to buy a new shimano baitcaster that can hold up in saltwater...Im old school and i love shimano curado 100b, citica 200e, curado 50e, chronach 50e, 50mg, list goes on...Those are hard to find nowadays, been looking all over and cant find any of those. So i guess its time to buy something brand new that is up to date. I mainly fish for trout, redfish and flounder...Any helpful advices would be greatly appreciated. I could go for another brand such as Lews. Just dont know much about lews like i do with Shimano.... Also i prefer 6:2:1 to 6:4 for gear ratio but over 7 is optional. Thanks everyone


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Old 05-12-2020, 02:35 PM   #2
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My son fishes with the Curado K and the DC. He prefers the cheaper K. You probably won't find any reel these days that hold up like the old greenies, but they all work great when newer. I have a new Lews lite, but it just doesn't feel right in my hand, but most love them. I'm stuck on a Concept C, it just feels good.
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You are going to open a can of worms with this question and get a million different opinions. All of the main manufacturers make reels that work great and hold up to saltwater(relatively speaking). I have reels from Shimano, Abu Garcia, Lews, & 13 Fishing that I use for inshore fishing. I have multiple in each brand that work great and when I grab a certain one or 2, it has nothing to do with the reel and more to do with the rod they are on. Just pick one and enjoy fishing. I'm not saying you can buy a 50.00 reel and be happy with it, but from my experience, if you pay over 150.00 for a reel, and that is not a requirement by the way, it will be fine for what you need it for. Maintaining, cleaning, oiling, etc. all play a key factor in that also.

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Old 05-12-2020, 03:02 PM   #4
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I have a Curado DC, Lews Inshore custom and a Diawa Coastal.
The Diawa is my favorite. It has a magnetic controller that just seems to work well for me. The Lews has a magnetic controller as well but cant really see any differences when making an adjustment like I can on the Diawa.
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I have the Lews custom inshore and it was my go to, but since I tried the new Diawia coastal 150 it seems a little more friendly casting into the wind and no thumbing it. It also seems very easy to dial in in comparison to the lews. I use both when going out on most occasions.
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I’m a die hard Shimano guy too. My main go to reel is a Curado 200HG, but I recently bought the Shimano SLX DC and it’s sweet for the money. I got it thinking it would be good for my wife and to teach my son how to throw a bait caster, but man I love it. It and my Curado are now my two favorite soft plastic reels. The digital control (DC) on the SLX is very forgiving even when throwing light plastics into the wind. It’s almost impossible to backlash once you get it set right.

And as an FYI, they also make the Curado DC. I’ve heard good things about it but haven’t personally used one.

Oh, and mine are used in the salt at least 3-4 times a month.
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I’m a fan of the curado K
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The Lew’s Custom Inshore is what I would recommend. A little higher gear ratio, 7.5, than you’re looking for, but it’s a very nice reel. If I tinker with the breaking system and spool tensioner I’ve been able to throw any sized lure any distance that’s needed. Birdnesting hasn’t been an issue either, even into the wind. It’s very light weight and the Dri-Tec handle knobs are also nice.
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Ive thrown alot of reels and keep going back to my shimano curado k. I picked up a diawa tatula that i really like. im gonna start throwing the diawa more this year to see how it holds up.
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Ive thrown alot of reels and keep going back to my shimano curado k. I picked up a diawa tatula that i really like. im gonna start throwing the diawa more this year to see how it holds up.
My son is the same way, he loves that reel, and he has more expensive ones to choose from.
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