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Shimano Curado Casting Rod

Shimano Curado Casting Rod Review

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The new Shimano Curado baitcasting rod in our eyes has been a huge upgrade from the original release. The features they've introduced look to bring about a considerable reduction in weight, while increasing sensitivity and overall strength.

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Feature overview

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The verdict based on real customers reviews and hours of research:

Reasons to buy this rod

  • Revamped version of the original Curado baitcasting rod series
  • A considerable reduction in weight without losing out on strength and backbone
  • Anglers have noticed a considerable upgrade with the new Curado
  • Features Fuji's tangle free guide train, along with FazLite rings. This provides added smoothness while reducing the overall weight of the rod
  • Wide variety of rod actions, including numerous lighter options that would be suitable for finesse applications
  • Heavier options available for power techniques!
  • Ci4+ reel seat has been installed. This has reduced the weight dramatically while adding sensitivity
  • Shimano have replaced the cork handle with EVA foam - with a focus on adding sensitivity
  • We love the new look of this rod!
  • Combines beautifully with the Curado K, or the Curado DC reels

Potential negatives

  • It's expensive. While well worth it for experienced anglers, less experienced anglers or those on a budget may want to consider something with a more modest price tag
  • Anglers have commended the upgrade, but some feel that this rod doesn't perform as well as the likes of the Zodias - another Shimano build

Rod Specifications:

Rod Blank

Hybrid High Modulus UD Carbon with Nanoresin blanks, offering a class blend of sensitivity and strength.

Rod Guides

Fuji tangle free alconite guides, with SIC inserts.

Rod Handle

Premium cork split grip provides comfort and durability for all situations.

Reel Seat

SoftTouch Fuji reel seat aids sensitivity and comfort.

Available Models:

  • 6'10" Medium Light Fast
  • 6'10" Medium Fast
  • 6'10" Medium Heavy Fast
  • 7' Medium Heavy Extra Fast
  • 7'2" Medium Light Extra Fast
  • 7'2" Medium Fast
  • 7'2" Medium Heavy Fast
  • 7'2" Heavy Fast
  • 7'5" Medium Heavy Fast
  • 7'5" Heavy Fast
  • 7'5" Extra Heavy Fast
  • 7'8" Extra Heavy Fast

Bottom line

We've seen a noticeable upgrade in the new Curado. The previous model was regarded as a heavier casting rod - something that Shimano clearly noted. The adding of the Ci4+ reel seat and new guide train has taken a fair amount of weight off this rod, without sacrificing the usual power and backbone.

A wide variety of actions and lengths means there's a new Curado for virtually any technique.

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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