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Curado DC vs. Curado K vs. Tranx 200?

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Hi everyone, I am looking into purchasing a new baitcasting reel. Target species will be Pike and largemouth/smallmouth bass. Have my sights set on the Curado DC, Curado K, and the Tranx 200. I am wondering if some of you guys have any experience with these three reels and can recommend one over the other?

 

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Unless you're planning on using big swimbaits and very heavy line, the K or DC will be fine.  My preference would be for the DC.

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Since the tranx 200 is relatively new the jury is still out on that one. I have a tranx 300 & am very happy with it for throwing larger baits. The curado DC would be a good choice otherwise. 

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I really enjoy the Curado DC for long, full casting techniques. Daiwa SV types for lighter weight lures and skipping.

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3 hours ago, J Francho said:

Unless you're planning on using big swimbaits and very heavy line, the K or DC will be fine.  My preference would be for the DC.

John

 

I'm curious, I got a K for Christmas and plan on useing either 20# Flouro or 65# braid on it. 

 

What is it about the K that you don't recommend it for heavy line??

 

 

 

Mike

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I have the K and love it. That said, a guy let me try his dc at the lake one day for a bit and I was sold. That’s gonna be my next reel for the cranking stick I just ordered. 

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17 hours ago, Mike L said:

What is it about the K that you don't recommend it for heavy line??

I don't NOT recommend the K.  I was referring line capacity for large diameter lines, like 25# mono. As long as your not trying to bomb a crankbait or swimbait a mile, you'll be fine with either lines. The K is a very good reel.  Since I'd had chance to cast a DC model, that would be my preference.

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I've had two Ks (201 XG) since they first came out, both spooled with 50# Maxcuatro and have used them on two Amazon trips for throwing 1 1/2 to 2 ounce woodchoppers which is pretty rough on reels. Both have done fine and are a great bang for the buck, also have a TranX 400, Curado dc, three Metanium HGs (two with brass gear swap), Antares HG etc. I was also considering the TranX 200, wondering about casting distance vs. the K.

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On January 8, 2019 at 11:51 AM, J Francho said:

Unless you're planning on using big swimbaits and very heavy line, the K or DC will be fine.  My preference would be for the DC.

I was planning on using maybe 40-50lb braid, and using it on my pike rod in the spring for bigger spinnerbaits/swimbaits (by "bigger" i mean maximum 1oz) and then on either a cranking rod/topwater rod in the summer for bass? 

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The K and DC would be fine with that line and 1 oz. baits.  I don't use any special gear when I go for northerns.  MH and H bass gear works fine.  If you want a bigger reel, then get the Tranx.  Sounds like that is what you're heart is set on.  It's not that much bulkier than the other two.

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

The K and DC would be fine with that line and 1 oz. baits.  I don't use any special gear when I go for northerns.  MH and H bass gear works fine.  If you want a bigger reel, then get the Tranx.  Sounds like that is what you're heart is set on.  It's not that much bulkier than the other two.

Okay I see! If you believe the DC would work well with that setup, then I think I will go with the DC. Really interested in trying out the DC system. The only reason i leaned towards the Tranx was worrying about heavier baits but I trust your word on the DC, thanks for the help!

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It isn't so much the size of the baits as it is the line capacity.  If you're gonna spool up 25# copoly, and chuck swimbaits, then yeah, and maybe think about the Tranx 300.  You're talking about 50# braid, with around 12# mono in diameter, so you'll be fine.  Shimano gearing on that class a reel will hold up to just about anything. 

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