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Shimano Caius
Shimano Caius

Shimano Caius Review

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The Shimano Caius baitcasting reel is a classic. An ever-reliable reel that'll do the job for any technique. Here's what you need to know.
90
Superb
45
Users:
4.5/5
Where to buy

Feature overview

Gear ratio:
Available in 7.2:1
Profile:
Low
Bearings:
4
Braking system:
Centrifugal
Max drag (lbs):
11

What we found out about the Caius from Shimano:

Reasons to buy this reel

  • Very rigid feel for a lower price reel
  • Many bass anglers say this has a similar feel to the original SLX from Shimano
  • Everyone loves the castability of this reel - especially for this price point
  • An easily adjustable centrifugal braking system allows for fine tuning when throwing various presentations
  • Many anglers have call this a workhorse of a reel
  • Perfect reel for throwing reaction baits of all kinds where smoothness isn't too important - such as a jerkbait
  • Many believe this reel performs well above its price point

Reasons not to buy this reel

  • Won't be as smooth as more expensive Shimano reels
  • May not be the best option for high impact fishing - such as a flipping baits with heavier fluorocarbon around heavy cover

Bottom line

The Shimano Caius is one of the OG reels from Shimano. This affordable reel remains a favorite for many Shimano purists, even though it may not be as smooth as other more expensive options.

Many love using the Caius for a technique-specific setup. It's better having more rods on the boat than having to change up your rods - and the Caius is the perfect option for making sure you can cover any technique out on the water. It's reliable, sturdy, and impressively smooth.

We both own this reel ourselves and we can confirm that we can always rely on the Caius!

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About the brand

Shimano is arguably the biggest and most respected name in fishing. They are responsible for producing some of the most ground-breaking tackle ever seen, and they continue to lead the market in all forms of fishing.

Shimano has taken a key interest in bass fishing, and have developed the finest baitcasting reels on today's shelves. Many other brands constantly look to Shimano for ideas, as they seldom put a foot wrong.

You simply cannot go wrong with a piece of Shimano gear.

Professionals who work with Shimano:

  • Keith Combs
  • Brett Preuett
  • Bernie Shultz
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