2010 ICAST Reel Coverage
Going Smaller and
Lighter yet again, Shimano’s new freshwater reel offerings
listened to their customers and the message for lighter more refined reels was
hear loud and clear. This ICAST Shimano introduces new reels that once again tip
the scales in the lighter direction. In addition to more compact baitcasters
Shimano also introduced a new baitcaster called Caenan which is priced to move.
Shimano introduces the new smaller
Curado 50: We
already knew about this one when we saw the Scorpion 50 get released in Japan,
the new Curado 50 is basically the aluminum version of the Core 50 and features
a smaller more palmable profile. The Curado 50E is being introduced in both a
right and left hand retrieve, the aluminum body weighs in at 6.9oz. and features
a slightly slower gear ratio than the ore 50 at 6.4:1 versus the Core’s 7.0:1.
The Core 50 comes with 8+1 bearings while the Curado 50E will come with 6+1. The
Curado 50E will retail for $199.99 when it hits the street in a few weeks.
Side by side with the current 200
size the difference is noticeable
But in terms of profile both the
200 (left) and new 50 (right) sit very low on the reel seat for easy palming
also introduced a new baitcaster into the lineup this season positioned directly
under Citica. This new reel is called Caenan and features a silver and red
profile with the center frame a deep pearl red color. The Caenan features a
6.5:1 gear ratio and weighs in at 7.2oz., it has 6+1 bearings and is capable of
reeling in 27 inches of line per crank.
The Caenan is Shimano's newest
The Caenan looks and feels
pretty solid and Shimano further differentiates the reel with some round eva
grips, similar to what is used on the Stradic CI4. This combined with the red
center frame gives the reel a sporty look and feel.
From the side you can barely see
the red frame
The Caenen reels have the
right retrieve speed to be versatile to use many types of lures. “With a 6.5:1
gear ratio, you can feel free use spinnerbaits and crankbaits, worms, jigs and
soft plastics, and it will work them ideally to produce fishing-catching
action,” Kenichi Iida, Reel Product Specialist at Shimano said. “Plus we provide
fishing comfort with high density EVA power grips.”
The Caenan features eva foam
...and Shimano's reliable VBS cast
So what’s the best thing
about the Caenan? Probably the price, retailing for only $89.99 this reel should
do well among anglers looking for mainstream reel that has many of the features
found in reels retailing for much more.
Even the underside is red. Perhaps
best of all is this reel retails for only $89.99
Next Section: New Stradic
CI4 models and a Stella redesign