Since 1991, the Shimano Curado has been King (or Queen depending on your gender) of the baitcasting market. As a proven winner to most anglers, the metal internals and the “mean green” look has been the benchmark in performance and durability. After fishing with the Curado 201E7 for an entire year, I would have to say that it is the BEST performing reel I own as of October 2011.
Mainly used for my jig rod, the Curado 201E7 is the left handed brother to the 200E7. With a gear ratio of 7:1, this particular reel originally retailed for nearly $200. You can now get the Curado 200E series for around $120 online due to Shimano’s model redesign, the 2012 Curado 200G.
Looking at my most successful season, 2011 gave me lots of highs and also a few lows. My personal best largemouth came while nervously gripping my Curado – sweating bullets for no good reason because the reel performed flawlessly as I landed this 7 pound, 11 ounce giant northern.
Not once did my Curado give me any sort of problem. The only “lows” I had during the season came at the expense of the fishing gods. Just when you think you have the pattern down, some unknown variable presents itself, trust me.
Beyond the aesthetics of Shimano’s Curado 200E series, casting distance was on par with the competition. I could surprisingly cast light lures in the wind – something not so easy for many who fish with baitcasting reels. Of course, you know I had to test out my new 8” Huddleston Deluxe as well. The Curado didn’t break a sweat with that life-sized trout swimbait. Weighing in at 4 oz, the Curado 201E7 almost seemed like a match made in heaven for big baits.
Ergonomically speaking, the Curado is designed to improve wrist position, as well as give you more maneuverability. With its low-profile stance and aluminum frame, the turn of the handle brings as much happiness as an angler could expect – until finally setting the hook.
With a flawless drag system and an overall weight of 7.6 ounces, the Curado 200E series will continue to live on in the hearts of many die-hard Shimano fans. For those looking to stay up-to-date with the latest gear, you will want to switch to the new Shimano Chronarch 200E series. This is your beloved green machine wrapped in a new two-tone paint job. No matter the badge, the Curado remains a serious player when it comes to price, quality and performance.
Model # Retrieve Inches per turn Line Capacity (# test/yd) Max Drag (lbs) S A-RB
Steel Ball Bearings
A-RB Roller Clutch
Gear Ratio Weight (oz.) Original MSRP
CU200E7 Right 30 8/180,10/155,14/110 11 1 5 1 7.0:1 7.6 $179.99
CU201E7 Left 30 8/180,10/155,14/110 11 1 5 1 7.0:1 7.6 $179.99
CU200E5 Right 21 8/180,10/155,14/110 12 1 5 1 5.0:1 7.6 $179.99
CU300E Right 28 12/240,14/190, 20/120 15 1 5 1 6.2:1 10.5 $249.99
CU301E Left 28 12/240,14/190, 20/120 15 1 5 1 6.2:1 10.5 $249.99