Shimano Curado test

By John DurrantNZ Fishing World
Shimano Curado test

Shimano Curado left hand gives another top performance

Shimano’s new Curado low-profile baitcaster fell into our laps recently and promptly set off the old debate about which hand to use for retrieving.

Most New Zealand fishos tend to retrieve with their right hand if they’re right handed but this writer finds this strange.

In most of Europe and the USA, you’re taught to hold the rod in your strongest arm and retrieve with the weakest. It makes perfect sense to be doing the heavy work with your right hand if you’re right handed.

Anyway, with that debate put to one side, it was refreshing to see an overhead reel with this option, especially for someone who feels awkward retrieving with their right hand.

Put together with the Shimano Ocea Offshore Series 1.9m, it looked an impressive little combo and this writer was eager to try it out.

First of all, it was great fun getting to use an overhead setup without focusing on the rather alien process of retrieving with my right hand.

The perfectly positioned foregrip and ample butt section made this an easy and comfortable rod to handle, even if it is quite a short model.

This is one area that many tackle manufacturers seem to get remarkably wrong. There’s nothing more frustrating than a tidy rod with a great action being let down by the design of the grips and butt.

The configuration of this particular model was bang on and the Curado performed beautifully. The name is synonymous with quality and there’s a whole army of anglers who swear by these reels.

In fact, it’s been more than 10 years since the first Curado hit the shelves and it doesn’t look like disappearing.

On this latest incarnation, the crank retrieve was smooth as silk but not so easy as to instigate the rod twisting as you retrieve.

There seemed to be just the right amount of weight in the gearing and when it came to casting a softbait on a 5/8oz jighead, it was effortless.

Little baitcasters aren’t always the toughest reels but the Curado is hard and nails without being too heavy.

The frame and spool are made from aluminium and the side plates are made from graphite to keep it on the lighter side.

To give it another tough edge, it features four shielded bearings and an anodized spool to give it a bit of added protection from the harsh saltwater.

Rigged up on the Ocea overhead, it was a great little combo to use with the rod’s fast action and comfortable configuration making for fun fishing on decent snapper.


Shimano Curado

Rating: 100 – 200g

Pieces: 1

Guide type: Fuji K series

Grip assembly: Custom eva

Length: 1.88m (6ft 2 in)

Action: Fast

Shimano Curado left hand

Max drag: 5kg

Bearings: 4 + 1

Retrieve per crank: 76.2cm

Weight: 195g

Ratio: 7.0:1

Line capacity: 190 yards of 30lb braid


Well-balanced combo

Excellent performance


Comfortable to use

Not So Much

Shimano nails it again!

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