Shimano Unveils a Lighter More Refined Curado, the
Introduction: Shimano seems to have a habit of releasing new Curado
reels every ICAST and this year the company unveiled the sleek 150MGL which is
designed to be the lightest Curado to date.
The new Shimano Curado 150MGL looks like it might be the
most refined Curado to date
150 gets MGL: The new Curado MGL 150 looks sleeker and more menacing than
other Curado reels and gone are the green highlights. This reel looks like a
higher-end offering, and one that is closer positioned to the Bantam and
Metanium. Like those reels this new reel gets the Magnumlite (MGL) spool
Where is the green? The new Curado 150MGL looks a lot more
tactical, like the Metanium MGL
combination of a 150-size spool paired with MagnumLite (MGL) Spool technology,
Shimano engineered the new reel for anglers to fish different techniques with
various lure types and sizes with greater casting distance and accuracy.
A look at the sleek rear lines
other high-end baitcasters in the Shimano family the Curado 150MGL gets an
aluminum HAGANE Body and durable Cross Carbon Drag. Precision gearing embedded
within the heart of the reel.
The non-handle side sideplate also has clean lines
goodies are here including X-Ship, MicroModule Gearing and SilentTune. When I
handled the reel at the show it felt more precise and tight than other Curado
reels, and though it is light in hand it still feels very solid. The best way I
can describe the reel versus other Curados is that it just feels more premium.
The reel feels lighter and more refined in almost every
150MGL weighs in at 6.5oz. and comes loaded with 6+1 bearings and has a drag
rated at 13lbs. of pressure. Technically the Curado BFS is lighter at 6.2oz. but
that it a very technique specific reel with a very shallow spool and designed
specifically for finesse applications.
The black center frame elements give this Curado a little
the Curado MGL 150 and Curado BFS are looking like a nice one two punch for bass
anglers, and in many ways offer much of what anglers like about the Bantam MGL
and Metanium MGL, at a much lower price.
At $199, and with a MGL spool, this Curado should do well
150MGL will start shipping this Fall and retail for $199.99 each and will no
doubt be eagerly awaited by Shimano fans looking for a lighter and more refined
workhorse reel. I can't comment just how well it stacks up to its higher-end MGL
siblings until I have a chance to fish it but from what I've seen so far is