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Bigger and better, the Shimano Citica D edges into previous generation Curado territory (continued)

Casting cont'd: Overall I would rate the Citica as good when it comes to distance and excellent when it comes to accuracy. One of the advantages of the new longer body is an extremely wide opening allowing exceptional access to the spool. From just about any angle you hold your rig, whether palming or gripping the cork of your rod you will be able to address the spool with no difficulty.


Yes, even the cast control knob is now metal, and notice the aluminum handle is ported for weight reduction....very nice touches

Retrieve: Want more power? In this category the Citica D is a world better than the previous model. Anglers may have sacrificed some ergonomics with the increased reel dimensions but as a tradeoff they receive massive new gears. It’s hard to believe the previous generation Citica was only a 2 bearing reel. The new D reel features 5 bearing design, and the refinement in retrieve is noticeable. To further add to the smoother retrieve the frame of this reel is all aluminum, and helps keep the oversized gearing in check even when ripping hard.

The Curado D is made in Japan while the Citica is made in Malaysia, as illustrated on the reel's recessed foot

The tolerances are tight for a reel of this price. The “HEG” is more than just oversized gearing, but also features an advanced setplate to deal with the increased torque. What does this mean for anglers? This essentially means a silkier more controlled retrieve making it easier to muscle in big fish, and expands the application range of the Citica to handle bigger inshore species and even hard fighting reds. Bass after bass the Citica didn’t break a sweat when it came time to hauling bucketmouths up from below. The fish that were over the 4lb class could be muscled in as well, but we let the drag do the work to prevent potential break offs.

For a big reel the Citica D sits exceptionally low

Drag: Speaking of the drag…as expected the Citica makes use of Shimano’s newer soft Dartanium drag washers. This material offers the same stopping power of the original hard Dartanium drags but builds up lest dust, allowing the drag to perform optimally for a much longer period of time. Adjusting the drag is also made easy with the all aluminum drag star that features a clicking mechanism for more accurate adjustment and less chance of the drag backing out of your predetermined setting on accident. In the lab the drag tested out at 10.3lbs of counter pressure at full lock which is .3 lbs more than the actual published spec


The low profile actually helps make this reel more palmable than we expected


Ergonomics: I have to admit the first time I saw the CI200D I was a bit taken aback by the reel’s stretched out profile. Sure, for anglers with large hands this is a boon but for others the extended profile means trickier palming right? Wrong. The minute I put the reel on the Kistler rod I noticed how extremely low the reel sat on the seat. While the length of the reel may seem large it sits further down inside your palm, still feeling reasonably natural.


Turn the key 1/4 rotation and you have access to the VBS

Another major enhancement in terms of ergonomics is the comfortable septon grips, and the 200DPV actually features oversized power paddles to aid in serious cranking. Finally Shimano tops it off in a feature we didn’t see in the Curado 100D, and that is the ¼ turn easy access sideplate. No more complete rotations to access the VBS, just rotate the key 25% and it flips out and down instantly allowing for even quicker adjustments in the field.

Like most Shimano's the sideplate remains connected making it easier to make on the fly adjustments without having to worry about dropping your sideplate into the water

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