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post #1 of 9
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Anyone have a chance yet to fish the Curado 300EJ? Love the power handle.














Shimano Curado 300 EJ Casting Reels - $259.99


Featuring a blazing fast gear ratio of 6.9:1, the Shimano Curado 300EJ Casting Reel adds high-speed prowess to the high line capacity and serious power of the Curado 300 Series. Its low profile design will change the way you think about low-profile baitcasting reels - delivering large reel performance in a sleek, comfortable design. Great for quickly ripping large plugs and swimbaits in freshwater, the Curado 300EJ also provides the corrosion-resistance and toughness necessary for saltwater use. Its lightweight, one-piece Aluminum frame provides a rigid base of operations, and an oversized counterbalanced jigging handle helps move big fish with maximum torque.





Shimano’s High Efficiency Gearing (HEG), as well as, seven ball bearings (1 sheilded A-RB stainless steel bearing, 5 sheilded stainless steel bearings and 1 A-RB stainless steel roller bearing) ensure the Curado 300EJ has the smooth, silent retrieve Shimano reels are famous for, and Shimano’s Variable Breaking System (VBS) provides total casting control. Administering the strength to tame the big runs and hard fighting of big fish, the Curado 300EJ Casting Reel’s Dartanium Drag System stays smooth throughout its wide range of settings, and dishes out up to 15-lbs. of maximum drag. Delivering the well-established Curado performance so many serious anglers prefer, the Shimano Curado 300EJ now adds some serious retrieve speed to the equation.





Additional Features:





1/4 Turn Key Spool Access


Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System


Super Stopper Anti-Reverse


Assist Stopper


SV Power Handle Grips


Quickfire II Clutch Bar Casting System


Precision Aluminum Magnumlite Spool





Model \tRetreive\tGear Ratio\tWeight\tBearings\tLine Capacity (Test/Yd.)\t Price\t


CU300EJ\tRight\t6.9:1\t11.3\t5SS,1A-RB + 1A-RB\tBraid 50/205, 65/120, 80/105\t$259.99
post #2 of 9
I'm waiting for that EJ or the J model to show up on Fleabay for around 200 bucks then I'll buy one. But right now I'll like my pair of 300E's with Calcutta "B" series Power Handle and septon grip. Most don't know that the Calcutta B handles will fit 300DSV's and 300E's. For 25 bucks it's a great upgrade. I'm gonna give Shimano a call and see what they sell for the 300EJ handle for.

I like the color combo of the J model import from Japan.
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Originally Posted by The Riddler View Post
Most don't know that the Calcutta B handles will fit 300DSV's and 300E's.


Almost all the reel handles from Daiwa, Abu Garcia, and Shimano are interchangeable except for the Calcutta 400TE series which needs a handle w/ a larger hole. I tried the Abu Garcia paddle handle & power handle on my Daiwa Luna and Shimano Calcutta and they fit perfectly. The only issue is getting the color to somewhat match.

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I like the color combo of the J model import from Japan.
I like the J model also but it is much more expensive right now.

I don't know if I like the EJ reel because why would you put a power handle on a reel w/ a 6.9:1 gear ratio. I wish Shimano would make a lower gear ratio for the Curado 300E. They should make a 300E5.
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Originally Posted by The Riddler View Post
But right now I'll like my pair of 300E's with Calcutta "B" series Power Handle and septon grip. Most don't know that the Calcutta B handles will fit 300DSV's and 300E's. For 25 bucks it's a great upgrade. I'm gonna give Shimano a call and see what they sell for the 300EJ handle for.



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Originally Posted by raider73 View Post
Almost all the reel handles from Daiwa, Abu Garcia, and Shimano are interchangeable except for the Calcutta 400TE series which needs a handle w/ a larger hole. I tried the Abu Garcia paddle handle & power handle on my Daiwa Luna and Shimano Calcutta and they fit perfectly. The only issue is getting the color to somewhat match.



I don't know if I like the EJ reel because why would you put a power handle on a reel w/ a 6.9:1 gear ratio. I wish Shimano would make a lower gear ratio for the Curado 300E. They should make a 300E5.



Bingo! That's what I really want. Unless Shimano comes out with a even lower gear ratio Curado, I would go with the 300E and add the power handle. I don't need the high speed 6.9:1 gearing. I prefer power over the extra speed.



I found this actual photo of a Curado with a Calcutta power handle. I think the EJ power handle would look better matched onto a 300E.



post #5 of 9
15lbs of drag, weighs 10oz., holds 200 yards 50lb PP, casts a mile, and is a level-wind. If it still has the Dartanium Drag System, then changing the drag washers to carbontex would improve the drag system.

boater barn was selling the 300e for $194 and are yet to post this one.
post #6 of 9
At first i was skeptical, but after borrowing this reel from a friend, i am hooked. The reel has ballz, and is very smooth, and for the price its definately worth it, i highly reccomend it..
post #7 of 9
This new model was developed as a part of shimanos latest marketing effort...the waxwing jig....which your supposed to use the curado EJ and new terez rods to burn just under the surface.

Like my curado so far, replaced the drag though....
post #8 of 9

I have the 300E and the 300 Type J from Japan. The reels are awesome to fish with especially paired with the Terez rods that they were made to pair with.

The only negative comment I have, is about the power knob on the EJ or Type J series reels. The knobs are heavy and if they are in an upward position during a cast.

It will roll on you, engage the clutch, and snap the teeth on the gears and bend the gear pin... Bad fishing day... Also: This is not a complete negative, however the Type J did not

come with the variable break system. Its not hard to order and snap on though.

 

 There are other reels that are smoother and may cast a few yards further. I have some of those as well, but, my curados get a front seat in the truck when Im going out for stripers and reds.

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  Been fishing a 200 size Curado for years, they get real wet on the yak, and keep on ticking. They do everything well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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