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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Have a question for you experts. Im wanting to buy a new lowprofile baitcasting reel, which I will be using mostly for the surf, off rocks, and the occasional boat trip, off the monterey bay in california. Ive heard good things about the shimano curado 300 and the abu revo inshore reels. Which one would you gentlemen recommend? Ill use braided line. Also got word the abu revo toro is the exact same as the revo inshore only that its bigger and therefore holds more line. Would that be beneficial where im fishing. can someone give me the pros and cons of each please. All help is very appreciated.
post #2 of 22
I don't really know much about the Revo, but I love the Curado 300 and would highly recommend it.
post #3 of 22
I can recommend the Curado. It has a following for a reason and many guys use it in the saltwater. For the Toro, I recall seeing a few posts of guys who had serious problems with them. If your using braid, I wouldnt really worry about the line capacity, you can fit a ton of 20 lb line on there. And fyi, check out the new Curado's. They have a power handle, and seem more appropriate for what your doing, and especially winching off of a boat. I'm pretty sure FTG1 picked up one a few weeks ago.
post #4 of 22
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I don't really know much about the Revo, but I love the Curado 300 and would highly recommend it.


Cannot go wrong with Shimano Curado.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your suggestions guys. I was leaning more towards the revo inshore but now im really second guessing. I think the revos come with a power handle aswell. Which one you guys think will give me less trouble in the long run.?
post #6 of 22
I just bought the Cuardo300E & it's a beast! You can't compair the 2. Cuardo hands down!
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post #7 of 22
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Wow. I must say that thing looks sexy.
post #8 of 22
And she cast like a dream!
post #9 of 22
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Wow. I must say that thing looks sexy.

I'm an Abu guy, but compared to the Revo Toro, the Curado is a better caster for light baits and lures. It has proven longevity, while the Toro is relatively new, and they cost about the same.
post #10 of 22
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Quan do you have any experiences with the revo inshore reel? if so care to share what you like and dislike about the reel?
post #11 of 22
I bought three Toro 61's this summer - a Winch, a Toro and a Toro HS.



I have had no trouble with any of the three. Spooled on 30 lb fly line backing topped with Cajun Advantage 17lb.



Using 7 1/2 ft Cabelas HML TI rods and casting 1/2, 3/4 and 1 oz Kalin jig heads with 4 thru 7 inch shad bodys as well as Storm Chug Bugs, Bomber Badonka Donks, Rapala Glidin Rap and Magnum A salts.



The reels handle the above with authority! Excellent drags too! Just don't expect the range with a level wind reel that you would get without the level wind.



I do have Curado 100 and 200 models, which I use for freshwater bass with lures down to 1/4 oz. No experience with the Curado 300 to compare.



I think I use the Toro HS the most, and the Toro Winch hardly at all, but keep the Toro rigged and ready with an alternate lure at all times, just in case.
post #12 of 22
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Quan do you have any experiences with the revo inshore reel? if so care to share what you like and dislike about the reel?

Never casted the Inshore version. I think you can put a power handle on the Curado. I do have a Revo Toro 60 HS and like it a lot, but the Curado is a better caster, and the older Curado has provided years of trouble-free use.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
any one know how far the curado is capable of casting, past the breakers?
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by waffle View Post
any one know how far the curado is capable of casting, past the breakers?



Any Reel is only as good as the caster. You can have the best casting reel in the world, but if you don't know how to cast it what good is it??

I will say The Cuardo is one hell of a casting machine.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
So do we all agree that for fishing off rocks, the beach and the once in a while boat trip the shimano curado 300 is my best bet low profile baitcasting reel? Has power and good casting abilities?
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