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Curado 70 vs Alphas 103

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Which one of these reels would perform better in a finesse situation with light lines and lures? I'm kind of of biased towards Shimano because they have treated me well in the past. I would be interested in some other opinions.

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The comparison should really be between the Alphas SV (SV105) and the Curado 70. Comparing the Curado 70 to a reel from the mid-2000's isn't exactly fair.

To the question at hand, unless you feel like tinkering, tuning, and modding, go with the Curado.

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I have no experience with the Alpha, with that said, I recently purchased a Curado 70 xg for 1/4 ounce Yellow Magics. It throws them great with little effort, try and use both if possible.

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I've been reading up on the Curado 70s and I'm sure I'll pull the trigger soon.

I've always been a Lew's guy. The 200i just doesn't feel great to me, but the 70's design is on the money. I need a new jig reel and the 7.2:1 looks like it'll fit the bill.

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I agree with CGriner - If the Alphas SV 105 was in consideration it would be tough to beat for lighter baits. What do you consider to be light or at least light to you? I haven't used the Curado 70 yet my Alphas SV 105 stock will outcast my any my Shimano 50 series reels for 1/4 oz baits. The Alphas 103 is discontinued so you would have to buy one second hand. For the 103 you would be looking at the Purple 103, Alphas R edition, Alphas 103 Type F, and Alphas 103 ITO. The breaking profile of these will all be Mag V. This breaking profile can be hit or miss for casting. I had a 103 with upgraded bearings and supertuned that was pretty uncontrollable until I put a SV spool in it. Prior, it would backlash easily with any type or size of bait and with fluorocarbon and braid alike.

IMO the Alphas SV 105 is a very user friendly reel for baits around that 1/4 oz mark. It is more costly than the Curado 70, so if price is an option I would opt for the Shimano.

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