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Reel Review

Low Profile Design, Round Reel Muscle, the Shimano Curado 300DSV


Date: 1/29/07
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 9.08 + EDITORS CHOICE!

The Curado family just got bigger, and when we say bigger we really mean it. The new 300DSV is the biggest, most powerful Curado ever built, and is designed to take on not only the biggest freshwater fish, but also serious saltwater species as well. Throw your preconceived notions about low profile baitcasters off the boat, the Curado 300DSV has traditional round reels locked in the sight. We take a look at the Curado 300DSV and see if it really has what it takes to take on saltwater round reels like the popular Calcutta 300TE.  


Shimano Curado 300DSV Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
Gear Ratio 6.2:1
Line retrieve per crank 28 in.
Weight 10.5 oz.
Bearings 5+1RB
Additional Features Magnumlite spool, Super Free, HEG, VBS, Super Stopper, 1/4 Turn Easy Access Sideplate, Septon PV power grips, Dartainium drag, clicking drag
Origin Made in Japan
MSRP $249.99


Impressions: No other series of reels in the Shimano lineup has received so much consideration as the redesigned Curado reels. Many anglers were troubled when Shimano increased the price of this once mainstream reel, but this antagonism soon subsided as anglers began to recognize that the fresh Curado reels were so much more than the previous reel in design and construction.


Introducing the bigger Curado 300DSV


The space once occupied by the Curado had been filled with the redesigned Citica. Since then the smaller Citica 100DSV has been introduced to satisfy anglers demanding a lighter even more palmable baitcaster. Like the Curado 100D the Citica 100DSV weighs in at only 7.4oz.  


Finally a low profile baitcaster with round reel capacity

At the same time the Citica 100 was introduced Shimano broke new territory yet again with the introduction of the larger 300 size Curado. When most anglers heard this they simply couldn’t understand exactly what target audience the 300 was supposed to appeal to.


The Curado 300DSV mounted on a Shimano Trevala rod

The 200 size was already a powerful high capacity reel. The problem was that anglers were still envisioning the Curado as a freshwater baitcaster. When we met with Shimano’s Reel Product Manager, Jeremy Sweet, we asked him if the Curado 300DSV could pull duty as a light saltwater reel. He responded with a resounding…”yes, not only can it perform as a saltwater reel, it was designed to be one.”

Funny the Curado doesn't feel that much bigger than the 200

In fact the Curado 300DSV was designed to completely blow away the way anglers look at low profile baitcasting reels as a whole. The goal was to build a reel that offered the power and reliability of a much larger traditional round reel in a sleek comfortable easy to cast design.


All metal components here


I still remember seeing the Curado 300DSV for the first time at ICAST last year. At first I had to do a double take, as the reel didn’t look all that much bigger than the 200 size we had just finished testing. The Curado 300DSV doesn’t even weigh that much more and at 10.5oz it is less than 1oz heavier than the 200 sizes. It has the same number of bearings (5+1) as the 200 reels, and has a retrieve ratio of 6.2:1, versus the 5.0:1 of the standard 200 and 7.0:1 of the DHSV high speed models.


Zander bears down for the cast tests


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