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calcutta gt te anyone?

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Here I go again. I mainly fish senkos weightless, frogs, plastics, some larger jerk baits, such as LC Pointers, etc. Been using 50 lbs Sufix with 12 lb flouro leader. Currently fish a 7' Loomis MBR 843 with a Calais 200. I've always wanted a Calcutta gt te, maybe in the 200 size...don't know why...just always have. Never casted one. I've been told that they cast as well, if not better, than what I currently use and similar. Can anyone with experience with the Calcutta gt te reels comment on their casting distance, ease of use, etc. for this type of lure selection...greatly appreciate the time. I don't want to get into something like this and not be able to through some 1/4 oz plastics, etc.

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Only casted a Calcutta once..they are Nice! Most of the die hard Swimbait guys use those reels for a reason...they work.

And I thought my Chronarch casted pretty good..lol

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The reason why you want a Calcutta TE is because they are incredible reels - all of them!  The round reels have fallen out of favor to the masses and often get over looked. 

Properly set up and properly maintained, the Calcutta TE series will cast with the best reels on the market - including the Calais!  The Calcutta TE 100 GT is one of the finest reels ever made in my opinion.  For all purpose fishing, I much prefer the 5.8:1 ratio in the 100 over the slower, larger sized models.  If you decide to go this route and want to throw 1/4 oz plastics, I'd suggest looking at the 100 over the 200 size - especially if you use braid to FC leader!

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I have a few of these reels and I think that they made me a better fisherman.  For sure, they extended my range.  I have the 200 size and for the most part I use 14 lb flourocarbon on them.  I primarily fish soft plastics, finesse jigs or senkos.

If you want one, you should get it, you will like it.

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Thanks for all the great replies. I've been on the fence about picking one of these up for years now. With all the speak about going lighter, I've always hessitated. I do some wading down in the Outer Banks of NC for puppy drum and originally was thinking this would be great real for that type of use, but the Calcutta looks so nice and has such a rep that I'd be interested in using it across the board. Bronzefly, I'm currious. Why do you suggest the 100 since I'd be using 50/65 braid with flouro leader? Does this model still offer decent capacity? I'd be tosing probably no lighter than 1/4 oz, and maybe might like to throw some lighter swimbaits later. Regarding reel weight, is there a rod that you guys recommend that would help balance out well with this reel...either a 100 or 200 size? I was thinking something a litte weight forward, such as the cumara line or maybe the St. Croix line. Based on comments regarding casting...this being my main concern with weight secondarly, sounds like I'd have no problem slinging.

thanks again for the info,

Randy

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