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.
- Hybrid High Modulus UD Carbon with Nanoresin blanks, offering a class blend of sensitivity and strength
- Fuji tangle free alconite guides, with SIC inserts
- Premium cork split grip provides comfort and durability for all situations
- SoftTouch Fuji reel seat aids sensitivity and comfort
Reasons to buy
- 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
Reasons not to buy
- 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
Reviews from our Readers
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