Fish harder and faster with the souped up
Shimano Curado 200DHSV (continued)
The performance of the drag on the Curado is excellent. It uses Shimano's
Dartainium drag material that provides super stopping power along with a smooth
and consistent pressure. Shimano specified the drag pressure to be 12 pounds. In
our lab we measured 12.12 pounds of drag pressure. In the field the drag
produced great results when the drag was set properly. When we caught large bass
and stripers, as they neared the boat they made mad dashes away from us and
without a smooth drag like this the fish could have easily snapped the line.
Real life applications rarely require so much drag pressure, but smooth drag
output is a must have...and the Curado 200 delivers. If you look back at our
previous Curado 100D test you will remember that that reel outputted 9.4lbs of
pressure on the same scale. The 200HSV is capable of 2.72lbs of more counter
pressure, which helps make this reel an even more rounded out package for
anglers fishing multiple applications.
Shimano's Dartainium drag washer
material is used on the Curado
Like Zander said in the recent Shimano Citica review, I was too thinking that
the newly design would downgrade the ergonomics of the reel because of the
overall size and total weight of 9.8 ounces. After using it for a while it didn't
bother me at all. In fact it actually felt really nice when feathering the spool thanks
for the wide opening, and when palming the reel while working lures and fighting
fish. The reel does sit quite low on the reel seat because Shimano designed the new Curado with a recessed reel foot which
improves its overall ergonomics.
Paddles are now being used. These oversized Septon grips are really comfortable when retrieving
One great new addition to the
Curado 200DHSV are PV Power Paddles. These oversized Septon grips are extremely
comfortable to grasp when gripping and cranking aggressively. You can easily
clamp down the knobs when fish
strike, and the larger paddled grips provide first-rate security when
reeling in big fish. I liked these PV Power Paddle grips so much I wish Shimano would put
them on many of their other premium reels, especially those that feature low
gear ratios which are designed for power. These knobs provided a comfortable
point of leverage for our entire field test.
Curado 200D appears to be big it's still very palmable
There's no question here which model Curado is the most durable, looking at the
200D, 100D, and the previous 200. The latest Curado 200D is built like a tank.
Look at the old and new 200 sized Curados and you can tell right away that the
new reel uses almost zero plastics compared to before. The reel also uses quality bearings
and the new finish not only looks good mounted on just about any rod, but also
proved very resistant to scratches or boat rash.
The Curado 200
taken apart for inspection
The Curado is
now built even more durable than before
Price & Application:
While some people were turned off by the increased Curado pricing, other anglers
jumped right in and bought one because they understood where the new Curado D
was positioned. The new Cruxis pretty much took the place of the old Citica,
while the new Citica D replaced the old Curado. The new Curado D now closely
resembles the old Chronarchs. Knowing this many early adopters jumped on the Curado 200D,
and haven't looked back since. From our tests and comparisons above you can tell the new Curado 200D is
much more than what the old reel was.
access plate and it'll dangle there while you adjust the brakes. This will
prevent the sideplate from falling out of your hands
Application wise, the Curado
200DHSV can handle multiple species without a problem from freshwater to inshore
saltwater fish We battled
largemouth bass, blacks, and spotted with all types of lures from crankbaits to
plastics, and also ripped for striped bass with hard minnow baits. If our
rockcod season was open we would have loved to fish for them with the Curado
200DHSV to give it an even more thorough testing, but unfortunately we didn't
have that opportunity. An overall great reel with plenty of power to play
tug-o-war with many different species, and is worth the cost of ownership.
The metal clicking drag star
provides minute adjustments
Zander's take: The Curado series of reels
has earned a place in my regular tackle arsenal, and more and more I find myself
pairing these reels with 6'6" to 7 foot rods for both plastics and topwater
work. I still prefer the ergonomics of the 100D when it comes to palming and
finesse fishing plastics, but the 200 sized reels excel in certain applications.
The HSV we tested proved to be a much better choice for power fishing, and the
oversized gears provide an exceptional balance of speed and power, not to
mention that trademark silky refined Shimano feel.
By the end of the field test JIP
had found a new favorite topwater reel
The materials used throughout the reel also are a
notch above the smaller 100D, and the aluminum handle sideplate, souped up gearing,
power paddles, and 1/4 turn sideplate all add up to a even more alluring package
for the same price. When I compare the Curado to the Citica 200 series the
Curado continues to stand out, simply because it is offered in a high speed
ratio and also feels more refined while both casting and retrieving. At the end
of our test I also grew to like the reel's overall ergonomics, now only if I
could wrestle the 200 reel away from JIP long enough to use it for some ripping,
but this is becoming increasingly unlikely considering how much he likes to it
for froggin' these days.