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Enthusiast Review


The Ultimate Conquest - by Shimano Japan (continued)

 

Drag: The Conquest 101 topped out on The Machine at 11.67 pounds of drag, but as you can see, on its Sweet Drag performance chart below, performance at lockdown is somewhat erratic - typical of the majority of reels we test. At the lower settings, the Conquest's curves are very smooth and consistent with a slight spike towards the end of the curve where the machine pulls at a faster rate.

 


Fig 1: The Sweet Drag Performance chart above shows the consistency in drag performance of our Shimano Conquest 100/101


Shimano hangs on to their Dartanium drag system for the 2014 Conquest.

Performance Ratings for Shimano Conquest 100/101

Retrieve (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Power (1-5)
Casting Range (1-5)
Brakes (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
4
4
5
5
23
25
9.2

Out on the water, the best I could manage to test the Conquest 101's drag were a couple of smallies that didn't know the word quit. These fish really know how to fight and while they weren't very big, they did provide some really good pulls at medium drag settings to validate what we were able to test in the lab - that the Conquest's drag is very smooth and consistent.

Sweet Drag Performance for Shimano Conquest 100/101 (#.# Turns to Lockdown)

Lock - 8
Lock - 6
Lock - 4
Lock - 2
Lockdown
Avg % Change
Start Up
.43
.78
1.36
3.83
9.28
Sustained
.42
.86
1.49
4.27
9.40
Lowest Value
.30
.65
1.24
3.64
7.78
Change in Startup vs Sustained
2.2%
10.5%
9.9%
11.4%
1.3%
7.1%
Biggest Drop from Sustained
28.7%
24.6%
17%
14.7%
17.2%
20.4%
Drag on this reel was tested with the dragstar fully tightened. Then with each successive test, the drag was backed off with two short pushes of the dragstar with our thumb.

 

Power: The Conquest 100 is now available in two retrieve ratios, a 5.2:1 and a 6.8:1. Our tests were with the 5.2:1 ratio reel only. To test this reel's power, I tied on a Bill Norman DD22 crankbait to see how well it'd pull this bait in the water. The Conquest 100/101 might be relatively small, but it doesn't lack for power and makes for a very comfortable cranking reel. The one thing I wish it did have though was a slightly longer handle. It comes stock with a 75mm handle that's serviceable, but another 10mm would be a nice improvement.


Beneath the reel is a translucent window presumably to view the reel's gearing. This cover can be removed if you need to add grease to the reel.

Casting Range: Fished on the Elseil C40 Evoluzion and spooled with 10lb Tatsu Fluorocarbon, I was able to comfortably cast three sixteenths of an ounce (3/16 oz) Spotsticker shakey heads rigged with a four inch (4") Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm or a four and a half inch (4.5") Roboworm Fat Straight Tail Worm. Fully rigged, probably about a quarter to five sixteenths or three eighths of an ounce (1/4 - 5/16 or 3/8 oz) in total lure weight. Spooled with even lighter line on a lighter powered casting rod, lighter weights might be achievable, but I was happy the Conquest 101 was able to go as low as I tested.


SVS Infiniti brakes are adjustable on the outside of the reel.

Brakes: Shimano Japan's 2014 version of the Conquest features the company's latest SVS Infiniti braking system with externally adjustable brakes. The counterbalancing fly arms on the spool are accessible via a flip open side plate and a detachable housing. It's a really intricate design, but can be tricky to put back in place. The fly arms themselves are the same design as Shimano's USDM reels where you slide the brakes to one side or the other to engage or disengage and not the older 2012 Antares and 2013 Metanium where the brakes were harder to actuate with a flip to turn each arm on or off.


To gain access to the brakes on the spool, flip open this hatch...

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