The Shimano Calcutta CT401D Round Baitcasting Reel is arguably the best left handed saltwater baitcasting reel ever made. The smoothness and feel of the CT401D is unmatched by any other company’s left handed offerings, thanks to Shimano’s X-Ship gearing technology – essentially, the craftsmen at Shimano placed two anti-rust bearings at either end of the pinion gear. The result, is a retrieve that is both powerful and ridiculously smooth – perfect for either jigging or baitcasting applications in either fresh or saltwater. A lightweight reel, the CT401D comes in at an agile 11.8 ounces, yet is incredibly strong thanks to a cold-forged aluminum one piece frame and body. The patented “S” Compact Body design keeps the CT401D narrow and nimble, and will fit easily in the palm of your hand for an incredible handle. This reel is all about precision, and you can feel it as soon as you turn the Septon SV handle. Your Shimano Calcutta CT401D is best utilized in saltwater for mid-sized inshore species like stripers, blues, redfish, snook, jacks, bonito and false albacore. You can also use the CT401D for heavier fluke bucktailing applications – say out in the ocean on one of many reefs that hold big summer flatties.
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This is a very nice reel. Round reels are difficult for me to use with my arthritic hand, but this one is not too bad. It is a pain to adjust the centrifugal brake control.