Shimano has been long associated with producing the smoothest reels on the market – they had this in mind when they created the Shimano Calcutta CT200GTB Round Baitcasting reel. Essentially, the CT200GTB is a juiced up 200B, with a ludicrous 8, that’s right 8, shielded stainless steel anti-rust ball bearings that give this reel one of the most silky smooth retrieves on the market. People who turn the handle of this puppy at our shop are taken aback when we tell them the price, which at just under $230, feels like it should cost at least twice as much. The innovative Dartainium drag system puts out 11# of drag that’s more than enough to stop the intended targets of the CT200GTB – we’re talking about fluke, flounder, weakfish, seabass, large and smallmouth bass and pickerel. High efficiency gearing provides a high speed 6:1 gear ratio which can be utilized for either lightening quick topwater retrieves or a fast bait check while fluking. You’ll fit approximately 300 yards of 20# braid on the Shimano Calcutta CT200GTB Round Baitcasting Reel, and most anglers choose an 8 weave slick style braid to keep up the smoothness.
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