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I'm having a hard time figuring out what baitcasting reel to buy. Going to be my first one. Either a Shimano Curado K 201 HG or a Pfluger supreme xt. Anyone got any advice or maybe another baitcasting reel that's really nice.

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I only use Shimano reels.  I have several models with Curado 200 being the one I have most.  I'd say anything from the Citica up will do you a good job.

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Daiwa fuego ct or tatula ct.

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Of those two, the vast majority will suggest the Curado.  However, there are a few (very few?) people here that have used the Supreme XT and feel it is an excellent reel for the money.  I haven't used either of those models, but I do have reels from both brands.  I like them both and feel Pflueger baitcast reels don't get the respect they deserve.

 

smalljaw67 likes the Supreme XT a lot, and one of the moderators also uses a few Pluegers and likes them.  I have used the older Trions and Patriarch XTs and found both to be very good reels for the money.

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Since it's your first one I think you should go with the curado it's more forgiving and easy to learn. You will probably get lots of different opinions on this one.

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I just received my curado k and love everything about it except the weight. It's the only reel over 7oz that I use now. 

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I love my Pfluger Supreme.  Cannot speak to the other one.  Pflugers are work horse reels.

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Curado K, hands down best reel out there under $200 in my opinion.

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Of the two you mentioned I’d go with the Curado K, though I have no experience with either of those specific reels. I have many Shimanos and like them all including a Chronarch MGL that has the same braking system and micro module gearing as the Curado. 

 

However if if this is your very first baitcaster and you’re going to learning with this new reel I’d really recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV TW. I think it is a great platform, fantastic value for its price, and hands down the most forgiving braking system and spool out there. You may give up a tiny bit in max distance, but you’ll gain a ton of control, accuracy, and frustration free casting. 

 

Good luck and enjoy it!

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5 hours ago, kschultz76 said:

Of the two you mentioned I’d go with the Curado K, though I have no experience with either of those specific reels. I have many Shimanos and like them all including a Chronarch MGL that has the same braking system and micro module gearing as the Curado. 

 

However if if this is your very first baitcaster and you’re going to learning with this new reel I’d really recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV TW. I think it is a great platform, fantastic value for its price, and hands down the most forgiving braking system and spool out there. You may give up a tiny bit in max distance, but you’ll gain a ton of control, accuracy, and frustration free casting. 

 

Good luck and enjoy it!

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I can recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV from experience, it's definitely a great braking system. I bought a Pflueger Supreme XT for my son for Christmas too, I got it for under $100 on ebay with a 20% off code. Haven't got to use it yet but I've heard only good things and my experience with Pflueger is their reels generally last a lifetime.

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Are you looking for the best value or something shiny and new.  What is the budget.  You can get a clean TDZ for around 200 which i would put against anything out there or for around 150 you can get an original fuego with the mag frame for 150.  An alphas can be had for 1-200 based on condition and will take a DIY spool that will toss trout baits on the right rod....

 

Left or right???

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TackleTour.com just did a review of the new curado K and gave it high remarks. Very informative article. 

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2 hours ago, Angry John said:

Are you looking for the best value or something shiny and new.  What is the budget.  You can get a clean TDZ for around 200 which i would put against anything out there or for around 150 you can get an original fuego with the mag frame for 150.  An alphas can be had for 1-200 based on condition and will take a DIY spool that will toss trout baits on the right rod....

 

Left or right???

 

Try half that.  :teeth:  Good reel at $150, tho.  I've always thought the original Fuego slipped through the cracks somehow.  Seems to be underrated by most.  Paid $75 for the last one I bought.  Very good shape.  Plan on giving it to either my brother or his wife.  Neither have used a baitcast reel, but are willing to try.  Know where there is another for the same price, but haven't seen a picture of it so no idea what shape it is in.  May have to pick it up if it looks nice.

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Can't say much about shimano reels but I can vouch for abu garcia. I've strictly used abu garcia reels for the past year and without a doubt I can recommend them. The build quality and smoothness is unparalleled to other reels I highly recommend you consider an abu reel 

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3 hours ago, Dwight Hottle said:

TackleTour.com just did a review of the new curado K and gave it high remarks. Very informative article. 

Thanks looks like I’ve got something to read tonight!  I was disappointed in their Metanium MGL review though, lacked a lot of the normal detail and analysis even though they gave it high marks. 

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2 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

 

Try half that.  :teeth:  Good reel at $150, tho.  I've always thought the original Fuego slipped through the cracks somehow.  Seems to be underrated by most.  Paid $75 for the last one I bought.  Very good shape.  Plan on giving it to either my brother or his wife.  Neither have used a baitcast reel, but are willing to try.  Know where there is another for the same price, but haven't seen a picture of it so no idea what shape it is in.  May have to pick it up if it looks nice.

Half that for a right hander.  The curse of the lefty is strong with me.  If that's a left for that reel in good shape I'll take it.

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Since I first tried a Daiwa Tatula three years ago, I have gotten rid of all of my Shimanos and a few BPS in favor of over a half dozen Daiwa Tatula, Tatula Type Rs , one Exceler, and a Tatula CT. I would strongly recommend the Daiwas with the Mag Force Z brakes. The Tatula CTs, CT Type Rs, or a Tatula SV TWS. Take your pick there is no wrong choice there.

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8 hours ago, Angry John said:

Half that for a right hander.  The curse of the lefty is strong with me.  If that's a left for that reel in good shape I'll take it.

It is left hand.  Received one picture by phone.  Appears well used.  Nothing major.  Not nearly as nice as the last one I bought, tho.  Finish not critical for me, but I want to give this to relation so I want a nicer looking reel.  May give one of mine.  If you are interested, look at the 2nd page on that other well known forum that sells rods and reels and boats.

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On 1/2/2018 at 7:12 AM, DINK WHISPERER said:

I just received my curado k and love everything about it except the weight. It's the only reel over 7oz that I use now. 

I bought one, does yours make a weird noise when you turn the handle fast? Mine’s very new and hasn’t been fished yet and it makes an odd noise.

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4 minutes ago, TylerT123 said:

I bought one, does yours make a weird noise when you turn the handle fast? Mine’s very new and hasn’t been fished yet and it makes an odd noise.

No, not at all. It actually feels like the handle isn't even connected it's so smooth. Probably won't keep mine though. Just doesn't feel right on the rod I got it for. 

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On 1/2/2018 at 1:21 AM, Frank White said:

I'm having a hard time figuring out what baitcasting reel to buy. Going to be my first one. Either a Shimano Curado K 201 HG or a Pfluger supreme xt. Anyone got any advice or maybe another baitcasting reel that's really nice.

When I was buying my first one last spring, I did the same sort of research as you, and I came down to deciding on the Diawa Tatula CT 100.  No regrets.  Easy-peasy to get fishing right off the bat.  I followed the instructions that are available in several places online (and the setup is different from most other brands).  I had been fishing for nearly 2 hours before I got lazy and had my first self-induced backlash.  It was fairly minor - only took about 30 seconds to pick out.  As long as I use decent technique, I don't have any problems with most baits (I'm not very comfortable with trying to do weightless plastic with it, but I figure that's what I have a spinning rig for).  

 

I plan to buy another Tatula this spring, with a better rod to go with it (my current baitcasting rod is a medium weight Ugly Stik).

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