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ICAST 2017 Coverage



The “Curado” Series extends to Bass Rods


Date: 7/12/17
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: Curado fans are getting treated to a double dose this year. In addition to redesigning their mainstream baitcasters Shimano decided it was time to introduce rods specifically designed to pair with their new reels. Taking the guesswork out of what reel might pair well with the Curado the company introduced 16 casting and 5 spinning models to cover the entire range of bass fishing applications at today’s ICAST event.


It wasn't just a new Curado reel this year, Shimano rolled out new Curado rods as well

Making a Crucial Decision: The Curado rods essentially will now occupy the positioning of the old Crucial Series and will be available for $149.99 each. The rods, much like the new Curado 200K reels, favor the black finish/color palette over green and cosmetically the rods are pretty stealthy, or plain looking, depending on how you interpret the design.


The Curado rods continue the black motif with Hybrid high modulus blanks with UD Carbon and Nanoresin

The Curado rods have sleek matte blanks that are made out of high modulus UD carbon blended with nanoresin. The bottom line is they are designed to offer anglers both casting performance and sensitivity and are tough enough to be put up against the rigors of tournament fishing.

The rods all feature cork grips, with solid handles on the casting rods and split grips on the spinning models. The hardware on all the rods is provided by Fuji, including tangle free Alconite guides and matte rubberized soft touch coated reel seats.


Just a little bit of green, of course

The rods look clean but don't have a very strong visual identity, and besides an attractive butt cap that matches the dark green on Curado 200K spool and tension knob there really is not a lot here that distinguishes the rod from other rods, and certainly not anything that screams “Curado.” But that is what the company was going for with this latest generation, a sleek and stealthy design that lets the performance do the talking.


Fuji reel seats and stainless steel K Guides with alconite rings are utilized


A look at the various Fuji seat options which are chosen based on application

To that end I had the opportunity to fish these rods for a week and my personal opinion is they fish better than they look. They are not standouts in enthusiast performance like the Expride or new G.Loomis Conquest rods, but much like the previous generation Crucial rods these sticks are quality workhorses that can be fished day in and day out.


Speaking of the Expride, Bob Mahoney shows us the new "over 8" Expride rods which range from 9 feet to a massive 9'10" launcher. All of these rods will retail for $349 dollars and bring a new style of long rid fishing to tournament anglers and weekend warriors


Taking the guesswork out of what might be a good pairing with the Shimano Curado reels these new rods make it possible to fish an entire affordable “Curado” combo.









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