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Falcon BuCoo and Shimano Citca 200E review

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I wanted to let you all know about the new combo I just purchased. I am now the owner of a Falcon BuCoo 7' MH Rod and a Shimano Citca 200E reel.

First the Rod.

I asked around on this forum about rods in the 100-125$ price range and was turned on to this little gem, Falcon rods new series called BuCoo. It's a new series of rods that where just released before ICAST in June of 09. I called every Falcon Dealer in the St. Louis area and finally found one at Bass Pro in St. Charles. When I say one, I mean 1. I walked around the store for hours looking at all of their rods in this price range handling them comparing sensitivity, balance, power, and in the end, cost as well. while I was impressed and liked many of the rods for example the Kistler line of rods, and the steez rod by Team Diawa, The falcon line of rods really impressed me. They have got to be some of the lightest and most balanced rods out there, If I had the money I would have bought the Cara T7 series but rolling in at about 179$ + or - depending on length and action, I just could not fit it into my budget. The Falcon BuCoo series on the other hand was just as light and balanced as it's big brothers. The Bucoo has fuji ECS reel seat and guides, 100% made in the USA high modules graphite blanks and a eva foam split grips. The real seat is placed exactly on the blanks center of gravity and when holding the rod there is zero tip heavy pull on your wrist. This is extremely important for long days on the lake. One of the other rods I was looking into was the St. Crox mojo series. While I believe that this rod seemed to be just as sensitive as the Bucoo it was all together heavier in weight do to what I think is caused by cork handles and being finished all the way to the tip. The rod was Tip heavy.

On the water

While I have not yet hooked in to a fish big enough to really test the rods strength and back bone I have got a real chance to test it's sensitivity. Due to the hooks location in the fish's mouth which tends to be in the back top area of their mouth it seems I'm detecting bites much sooner then I was with my Bionic Blade from BPS, hooked normally in the outer mouth. I am also able to detect bottom texture and solidity much better then with any of my other rods. I am very pleased with the amount information being transmitted through this rod and into my hand. it has become my new soft plastic and finesse jig combo.

Shimano Citca 200E

All of you Shimano fans out there should know of this series quite well. but the new E generation of reels from Shimano is outstanding.. The Citca is built on the same all aluminum frame as it's big brother Curado and has most of the same features. It has less bearings and different hand grips and I'm sure some other small differences. In short though it is the same real. I like the paint Job on the Citca better than the Curado, It's a silver metal flake instead of a forest green metal flake. The reel is amazingly smooth and would easily allow 50 foot pitches with out straining my wrist, (i walked it off). lets me roll cast farther then any of my other reels. Including the Quantum TE1107PT Which cost 130$ more. It's a great reel and now my Favorite reel.

Conclusion.

The entire combo weighs less than 12 oz including line, just awsome.

Falcon BuCoo 109.99 plus tax

Shimano Citca 200 E 119.99 plus tax

BPS XPS Fluorocarbon 17# test 19.99 plus tax

Bass pro should be getting more, and Cabelas said they would get some soon.

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Does BuCoo really have only seven guides?

web site says 8 but i don't know if thats counting the tip... i'll count in the morning and let you know

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Does BuCoo really have only seven guides?

web site says 8 but i don't know if thats counting the tip... i'll count in the morning and let you know

well :-?

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Does BuCoo really have only seven guides?

web site says 8 but i don't know if thats counting the tip... i'll count in the morning and let you know

well :-?

it's got 8 including the tip.. but i think that's why it pitches so effortlessly

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Nice review, Gonna have to try the bucoos out.

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