Sweet to the “Core,” Shimano’s new
premium magnesium baitcaster (continued)
Magnesium lightweight reels don’t always boast the most robust drags, but the
Core also bucks that trend. Both Core models boast a spectacular 11.0lbs of drag
counter pressure, which is actually 2lbs more than the similarly sized Calais
100A! Compare that to the Daiwa Fuego which cranks out 8.8lbs, and the Steez
which is capable of the exact same 8.8lbs of counter pressure. When it comes to
a serious drag the Core doesn’t mess around!
Flip the escape hatch and you have
instant access to the Core's VBS system
As with all Magnesium reels durability is an area of concern. The Core is coated
with the same protectant as the Chronarch Mg to guard against premature
corrosion from exposure to saltwater. The Core 100MGFV features a more robust
drive gear that is made out of brass, versus the lightweight aluminum drive gear
used in the standard Core and Metanium Mg reels.
Same goes for the Metanium Mg
All of the reels feature
premium A-RB bearings, and a rubber shielded cast control knob. We punished the
reels in our tests and the Core and Metanium Mg both can take a surprising
amount of abuse for a magnesium reel.
Even the bearing support bracket
on the Core is red
A look inside the Core Magnumlite
The real benefit of magnesium is weight reduction, ultimately resulting in what
many anglers view as improved ergonomics and better balanced rigs. After fishing
with magnesium reels normal aluminum or graphite based reels can feel downright
cumbersome, though they are still my choice for any real power fishing
applications….until now. The Core offers a proper blend of durability and weight
reduction, giving anglers more confidence to fish heavier lures and
applications. This is not a reel just for plastics and finesse applications.
The VBS system up close and
The Core also matches up
beautifully with the Cumara series of rods, and though the team at Shimano
denies it, the pair seem like they were “made” for each other. The Core however
does pair perfectly with a great many rods we tried it with, and balances out
especially nicely with custom split grip rods, both domestic and import.
The Core offers a surprisingly
powerful retrieve for a magnesium based reel, all thanks to HEG gearing
Next Section: Excellent ergonomics, exceptional