shimano curado
December 29th in Reels, Reviews by .

Shimano Curado E7 Review

Announced at the 2008 ICAST show, and available only a few months later, Shimano has overhauled the new Curado reel. Its reduced size and weight are a few of the features you are sure to notice, but does it pack the punch you need on the water? Lets find out…

Color changing green paint scheme

That custom look. Shimano comes through!

Here’s another look at the color changing paint found on the 200E7. It was the first thing I noticed when I opened the box. On the lake it really shows off when the sunlight hits it.

Easily palmable and comfortable

Easily palmable and comfortable.

The recessed reel foot paired nicely with our Cumara rod. This pair proved to be a lightweight combo, with the seemingly strength of a larger setup due to the large handles.

The machined cap really improves the appearance

The machined cap really improves the appearance.

Other small details like the machined handle cap, and the drilled handle really make you feel like you got your moneys worth. It should also be noted that this years Curado MSRP is $20 cheaper than the Curado D.

More closeup details around the handle

Very detailed improvements around the handle.

The clicking star drag and machined brake knob are nice details to the reel. The star drag is Cold Forged Aluminum and is the same style found on the more expensive Calais. The machined brake knob allows for easy adjustment even during wet conditions and is large enough for most hand sizes, unlike other small reels.

Caught on a shallow crankbait, it was easy to get in the boat.

Caught on a shallow crankbait, it was easy to get in the boat.

After spending some time getting used to the reel, it was time to try out the HEG gearing and land some bass. All of the fish I was targeting that day were in 5 to 10 feet of water and around brush piles. Above is a  smaller bass I caught on a shallow crankbait.

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Shimano Curado E7
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When not working his heart out on websites, e-commerce, and programming, Branson like to enjoy time on the lake. His best times are spent with friends trophy bass hunting in Southern California.

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