Customer Reviews for SHIMANO Shimano® Citica® E Baitcasting Reel

SHIMANO Shimano® Citica® E Baitcasting Reel

Shimano has shaved even more weight off one of their lightest baitcasters. It now weighs 2 oz. less than previous models. A Lo-Mass™ Drilled Spool uses a large arbor that has been cross-drilled to reduce weight and keep the mass of the spool closer to the rim. VBS® hub further reduces the weight of the spool, increasing freespool and reducing start-up inertia. While this does sacrifice line capacity, it means the reel can make longer casts because more energy goes into the line. VBS uses centrifugal force to provide consistent spool speed cast after cast. Super Free system promotes spool rotation for longer distance on your casts. A drilled handle shank eliminates unnecessary metal without sacrificing integrity. Three stainless steel ball bearings plus one roller bearing deliver smooth fishing performance. High Efficiency Gearing™ system uses oversized gears for high-speed retrieves. The 1⁄8-turn easy-access sideplate allows quick adjustments. By flipping up the turn-key on the sideplate and rotating it counterclockwise, the sideplate can be opened for VBS adjustments. Super Stopper™ II and Assist Stopper eliminate backplay for solid hooksets and increased durability. Dartainium® Drag gives a wide range of drag settings and smoother performance. Ceramic line guide for smooth casts and retrieves. QuickFire II clutch bar naturally positions your thumb on the spool for control. Disengaging levelwind system for even line lay. Positive click drag adjustment. Lightweight aluminum frame and graphite sideplates. Recessed reel foot.
Overall Customer Rating:
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Customer Reviews for Shimano® Citica® E Baitcasting Reel
Review 21 for Shimano® Citica® E Baitcasting Reel
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:September 9, 2010

citica 201E

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Age: 36-45
Gender: Male
I have many Shimano reels from the Calais DC to this Citica and I whole heartedly recommend this reel to anyone looking for the best bang for the buck in a reel. In some ways, I like it more than my Curado 201E7's. I prefer the more all-around gear ratio on this reel to the Curado's 7:1. Also, the color scheme is one that just looks right on any rod. The green of the curado looks funny when paired with some rods. Shimano puts a lot of thick oil on their spool bearings. Before I even fish a new reel, I remove the spool bearings, flush out all the oil with lighter fluid, dry them, and then re-oil them with Quantum Hot Sauce(pretty slick, but lasts long) or Ardent oil (super slick, but needs more frequent reapplication). Once you do that, the reel is a super fishing machine! Do not be put off by the low bearing count. What matters most is how it performs, and this reel PERFORMS!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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