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Shimano Curado 71 or Lew's Tournament Pro G TPG1HL?

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Lew's

TPG1HL* 10+1 6.2 120/12 6.8:1 28"

 

Shimano

CU71HG Left 7.2:1 6.5 5BB + 1RB 10/105, 12/85

 28" 

So trying to decide which of these 2 reels to get.

I can only afford one.

What's your call?

 

 

 

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The Lews is lighter and is a full size reel, the Curado is a smaller framed reel. It doesn't sound like much but look at the line capacity, the Curado is never going to have more than 12lb fluorocarbon or mono and if you use braid there is very little room for any backing. The Lews on the other hand has a higher line capacity and it is a larger frame so it has versatility, you can do anything from flip and pitch to cranking. Now there are other things to consider, like what the intended purpose is, but if you want a reel that is versatile look at the Lews simply because size matters.

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Lew's, especially because it has the externally adjustable ACB 6 pin centrifugal braking system on it.  I have that on my Tournament Lite SS, it is the best casting system on the market.  Plus, the G has an external lube port to ease the chore of oiling the reel.   

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37 minutes ago, WdyCrankbait said:

Lew's, especially because it has the externally adjustable ACB 6 pin centrifugal braking system on it.  I have that on my Tournament Lite SS, it is the best casting system on the market.  Plus, the G has an external lube port to ease the chore of oiling the reel.   

 I wouldn't go quite that far.  The only braking system I can cast with minimum brakes set is Daiwa's 3D MagForce.  I have to believe it still has some braking even when set on LongCast and zero on the dial because I can't cast any other reel with zero brakes.  Proved that a few times.  :lol:  Yet casting distance is very good with these reels.  Also the centrifugal brakes on the Primmus Xi HS are a set and forget deal for me.  Very nice.  Pretty light reel, too, at 5.8 oz.  I've recommended the Primmus before.  I liked my first one well enough I bought two more when an Online store closed them out.  Were a steal at $104.

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It depends on what you want to do with the reel and if it's for an all around combo or for something technique specific. All around I'd definitely choose the lews because you put heavy line and use bigger baits on the curado. Other than that both are well built reels that last a long time. The lube port to me is just a place for water to get in the reel and cleaning and relubing does way more for a reel than squirting grease in with the old dirty stuff. And the lews braking system is nice but several other reels like quantum, abu, and even shimano have reels with an externally adjustable centrifugal braking system. If you are talking pure casting distance and best brakes then the daiwa magforce 3d is the best I've used too. I wish they would use it in a steez or zillion 1016. Anyways sorry op I'd get the curado for a flipping/pitching rod, finesse rod, or a medium power rod that I'd use 10-12 lb max. The lews can hold a little more line and is more versatile and could probably be used for about anything except maybe deep cranks or swimbaits

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14 hours ago, ghost said:

 

Lew's

TPG1HL* 10+1 6.2 120/12 6.8:1 28"

 

Shimano

CU71HG Left 7.2:1 6.5 5BB + 1RB 10/105, 12/85

 28" 

So trying to decide which of these 2 reels to get.

I can only afford one.

What's your call?

 

 

 

Geez tuff call ! which one I would get if it were my hard earned cash ? ....... make it harder, ask me between Shimano and Daiwa.

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6 hours ago, WdyCrankbait said:

Lew's, especially because it has the externally adjustable ACB 6 pin centrifugal braking system on it.  I have that on my Tournament Lite SS, it is the best casting system on the market.  Plus, the G has an external lube port to ease the chore of oiling the reel.   

Best braking system on the market? That would be your opinion/preference.

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My 70HG just arrived. The spool is very shallow and the profile is very small.. Lews-esque. Great little reel right here, hopefully it fishes well. 

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Lews make good reels, but I prefer shimano and daiwa.  One of my favorites are the 50e and I've heard the 70 is similar.

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I bought a Lews Pro G last month, and went out two weeks later and bought another one. Awesome reel! I'm a baitcasting newb, and luckily had no trouble getting it adjusted. It casts like a bomb, and the drag is smooth as a baby's bottom. I put just a small amount of 14lb mono down for backing, and have about 100yds of 10lb braid on one reel, and about 75yds of 20lb braid on the other, and both reels still have room in the spool for more. 

On the flip side, the Curado has been around for many years, and has proven its reliability. 

 

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