Shimano made some waves in the fishing industry last summer when it debuted its new Curado 200 K series baitcasting reels at the annual ICAST show, where they promptly took home the honor as the best new freshwater reel.

The series includes three models, each coming in left-hand and right-hand retrieve, with six anti-rust ball bearings, micro-machined gears and Shimano’s SVS Infinity braking system, this time with adjustable internal and external brakes, in light reels weighing between 7.6 and 7.8 ounces, thanks to side plates of graphite and CI4.

The 200 model (and 201 left-handed retrieve) have a 6.2-to-1 retrieve ration, allowing the angler to take in 26 inches of line per turn of the handle. The 200KHG (and 201KHG left-handed retrieve) have 7.4-to-1 ratios, getting back 31 inches per crank, and the high-speed 200KXG (and 201 KXG left-handed) have an 8.5-to-1 retrieve ratio, getting back 36 inches per crank.

The spool capacity on all six reels is 190 yards of 30-pound PowerPro braid or 155 yards of 10-pound monofilament.

The retail price on all six reels is $179. They are available at a number of retail outlets, including Academy Sports+Outdoors (

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