How could the Shimano Curado baitcaster possibly get any better? Well, every couple of seasons it seems it just does! The latest Curado release, the I series, sees this evergreen reel tricked up even further, taking design and performance characteristics to a whole new level. X-Ship is a big inclusion. Supporting the pinion gear at both ends with two of the five SA-RB bearings the reel comes with, a bigger drive gear and increased gearing efficiency results in ultra-light rotation of the swept aluminium handle — even when hooked up.
Another new feature is the Stable Spool Design or S3D, whereby balanced and uniformly thin wall construction throughout significantly reduces spool vibration. This delivers an incredibly smooth feeling when casting or retrieving. Like its predecessors, this is a sweet casting reel. An Escape Hatch side plate grants easy access to the SVS Infinity Braking System for making adjustments when lure sizes and fishing conditions change. The Cross Carbon drag, easily adjustable via the aluminium star drag wheel, remains smooth under a range of settings, and can be pushed as high as 5.5kg, which is a lot of stopping power for a small baitcaster. Additionally, there is a choice of high or performance gearing in right or left-hand wind to keep the southpaws happy.