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First Look Inside the New Shimano Curado K Series Baitcasters


Date: 7/7/17
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander




Introduction: The most important reel in the Shimano baitcasting lineup, the mainstream workhorse Curado, gets a major update this year and will be officially introduced at next week's ICAST event in Orlando. Pictures of the reel have already leaked online but we had the opportunity to not only fish the reel but bring it back to the lab for a first look inside.


The new Shimano Curado 200K is the sleekest looking Curado yet


Still Mean, Not So Much Green: Over the years the Curado baitcasters have undergone many changes, and save a few missteps, the series has been one of the most popular reels for bass and inshore anglers looking for a every day reel that delivered on performance and features without breaking the bank.


Though the Curado Series reels have worn many different colors and shades of paint over the years the most memorable versions were probably the instantly recognizable green variants.


Gone is the 5.5"1 gear ratio and in comes the quick 8.5:1 retrieve


The K Series goes with a much stealthier looking matte black finish but in a homage to the green Curado's of the past Shimano has made the cast cotnrol knob and the spool a very dark olive green. In low light the highlights are easy to miss but under the bright sunlight the green and gold accents definitely add character to the reel.


The new reel features a similar styling as the current version but is shrunk down about 10%


There are a total of six new 200K reels, a 6.2:1, 7.4:1, and 8.5:1 retrieve ratios, and all models will be offered in both right and left hand retrieve. When compared with the previous generation reel the styling is similar but noticeably more compact.


The Curado 200K's Hagane Body is about 10% smaller than the current Curado I Series and though this seems like a small percentage the improvement when palming is immediately obvious.


Shimano Curado K Series Baitcasting Reel Lineup Specifications

Gear ratio
Mono Line Capacity
Ball Bearings
Weight (oz)
CU200K 6.2:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.6 $179.99
CU201K 6.2:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.6 $179.99
CU200HGK 7.4:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.6 $179.99
CU201HGK 7.4:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.8 $179.99
CU200XGK 8.5:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.8 $179.99
CU201XGK 8.5:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.8 $179.99


After a week of fishing the reel I can confidently say that the reel is also noticeably smoother than the Curado I and surprisingly it casts better as well.


The Curado K casts are more effortless and short pinpoint casts seem more controlled with this new reel. To understand what has impacted these performance attributes we took a closer look inside.


Improved casting thanks to the updated SVS Infinity System first debuted on the Aldebaran

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