Sweet to the “Core,” Shimano’s new
premium magnesium baitcaster (continued)
the 100MGFV version distance is a secondary requirement over accuracy as anglers
flip and pitch with the convenience of the Instagage II one piece thumbbar. When
you compare the Core and the Steez the casting distance is just about dead even,
as the tuned free floating spool helps start up quickly as well as reduces
friction. Both reels can cast small baits extremely accurately.
Jeremy gets into a nice bass with
the Core at El Salto
Crank on the Core and it immediately feels different than other magnesium reels.
The vast majority of magnesium reels focus on lightweight, precision and
refinement over power. The Core in comparison manages to strike a balance
between weight and power thanks to the Mg frame and oversized high efficiency
gearing. The Core feels surprisingly powerful when towing baits, or when
fighting fish. So while the reel is ideal for fishing plastics, it can easily
handle even large crankbaits and mid-sized swimbaits.
The Metanium Mg features more
The Core feels smooth, but
not as smooth as the Metanium Mg which features bearing supported handles versus
bushings. At first this didn’t really translate into a much smoother retrieve
but after a few months the bearings retained the fluid feel better than the
bushings. The Core and Metanium Mg reels while smooth, do not match the
super-refined feel of the Calais during retrieve most of which is due to bearing
count and the magnesium frame versus more solid aluminum. This same reason is
why the Daiwa TDZ and Steez reels give one the impression of a bit more
“connection” to the gearing than some of the heavier competitor reels.
The Metanium Mg is available in
both retrieves, but not the Instagage II flipping switch
The bearing supported
knobs (two bearings in each) in the Metanium Mg certainly help with the reel’s
smoothness, but there’s no mistaking that somewhat hollow feel typical of
magnesium framed reels. Additionally, Shimano Japan continues to offer the
majority of their reels (the Metanium XT is the lone exception that comes to
mind) with short handles. In this case, the new Metanium Mg comes with handles
that measure 74mm from the center of each knob.
The Mg7 features more bearings
than the Core, and the handles are bearing supported
100MG will retrieve up to 26-inches of line per crank, while the Core 100MGFV
will retrieve up 30-inches. Both reels can hold from 110 yards of 10-pound test,
up to 90 yards of 12-pound test. The blistering 7.0:1 retrieve ratio in the
100MGFV makes this the better lure for power fishing plastics, as well as
topwater lures like buzzbaits where the extra speed helps these type of baits
e Mg7 features the same 7.0:1
retrieve as the Core 100MGFV
El Salto, Clear Lake, and the Delta are all home to massive bass, but what they
say about El Salto is true. If you haven’t caught a double digit fish yet, this
is just about the best place to get into one. While fishing with the team from Shimano I
locked into what I immediately knew was a big fish. It ran, or at least it
tried, but the Core’s powerful Dartanium drag proved to be more than a match for
what I later discovered was a 11.5oz lunker.
Zander tests the Core's casting
accuracy on the Delta
Next Section: What a Drag!