Best Baitcasters 2018: Shimano Curado 200K

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As part of Game & Fish's series of reviews of the best baitcasters 2018, we look at the Shimano Curado 200K.

By Pete Robbins

For well over two decades, the Curado has been the stalwart of tournament anglers everywhere and the anchor of the Shimano baitcasting lineup.

This newest version is $179.99, no more than reels of a decade ago, and it features technological advantages previously available only in the brand's highest-end showpieces.

The Curado is available in both left- and right-hand retrieve, and in three different gear ratios, all of which guarantees you'll see both tournament pros and weekend anglers headed out in the early morning with an arsenal of nothing but Curado K's.

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What distinguishes it?

The folks at Shimano had a tough task improving on past iterations of this industry standard. However, by integrating the SVS Infinity Braking System, they've made it even more capable of throwing light lures than its predecessors. An added longer handle offers more power when cranking big baits or taming unruly fish in the slop.

High-end features previously found only in more expensive reels?

Shimano's X-Ship technology and MicroModule gearing provide exceptionally precise alignment among all of the reel's parts. This means whether you're winching on a 10-pound bass or a boss catfish that swallowed your spinnerbait, it won't give way.


  • Gear Ratio 6.2:1, 7.4:1, 8.5:1
  • Line Capacity  110 yds / 14 lbs
  • Weight   7.6 oz
  • Bearings 6+1
  • Price   $179.99


  • SVS braking system
  • MicroModule gearing
  • Downsized slightly over previous models
  • Freshwater and saltwater ready

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