Shimano Calcutta 200D Test

By John DurrantNZ Fishing World
Shimano Calcutta 200D Test

After using the Calcutta on a few trips, it’s difficult to argue with the tackle giant’s claim. The Calcutta is, quite simply, a joy to use. But don’t just take this writer’s word for it. On a recent trip in the Hauraki Gulf, every angler onboard took their turn to try it out.

“Beautiful; stunning; a little beauty,” were all used by my fellow fishos in summing up the Calcutta.

Calcutta was already a name that many anglers associated with quality but Shimano saw fit to completely redesign this little cracker and it shows.

A host of little enhancements from Shimano’s stable of clever engineering have gone into this one resulting in a high-class performance.

The introduction of X-Drag technology ensures that fighting snapper upwards of 10lbs was almost effortless. A drag as smooth as this really lets the rod do the talking – exactly the way it should be.

Shimano has also installed the X-Ship technology on this little reel. There’s lots of subtle little pieces of engineering go into this but what it means for the angler, is a much more controlled and smooth free spool.

Ergonomic design is something we hear a lot of manufacturers bang on about, but Shimano really has got it correct with this one. It’s just so comfortable to use. The reel handle is just the right length and the round design of the chassis allows it to sit perfectly in the hand.

We tested the 200D and that weighs in at an easy 265g. This model has a 5kg star drag and the bigger 400D boasts a very respectable 7kg of drag, which should give you the confidence to tackle even the hardest-fighting fish.

In the interests of giving a fair and balanced review for our readers, this writer likes to bring the bad bits or the wee niggly problems to your attention.

The honest truth about the Shimano Calcutta is there’s nothing to moan about. This writer simply loved it.


  • Bearings: 4+1
  • Retrieve per crank: 64cm
  • Max drag: 5kg
  • Line capacity (mono): 190m of 4kg
  • Weight: 265g
  • Ratio: 5.7:1


  • Just about everything about this reel

Not So Much

  • Couldn’t find anything to moan about
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