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Curado E7 vs. Zillion SHA

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Which of these reels would you spool with 50-65lb braid and pair with a 5 power rod for froggin' and pitching plastics/jigs into heavy cover? I realize the Zillion cost about $100 more. I am looking for a response based more on performance than bang for your buck, although price is always a part of the equation. Which would you consider to be the more powerful reel? Also, other recommendations are welcome.

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I have both reels - I'd take the Curado simply because it costs $100 less.  These are both outstanding reels, but the Curado is more comfortable in my hands and I don't think there is really a justifiable $100 difference between these two for what you're going to be doing.

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that's a tuff one , it all comes down to preferrence . they will both work good , it is up to you as both reels are about even though the curado is an ounce less in weight .....

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Bronzefly hit it right on the head.

Both are excellent reels. IMO, the Zillion is a better reel. I do not think the Zillion is $100 better than the Curado.

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just try them and you have to find what reel feel comfortable and feel of it

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I have an E7 and a Zillion 50th and actually prefer the feel of the Zillion better. However, I'm happy with the responses that I got bc the E7 is on a BCR853, which I use for throwing t-rigs and light jigs with 30lb braid. The Curado is a great real at the price point, but it is just a little big and has too large of a line capacity for 30lb braid IMO. This way I could switch the E7 to a 5 power rod with some 50lb braid and pick up a smaller reel for the 853. Any excuse to pick up some new gear...

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"any excuse to pick up some new gear..."

That's the spirit, man.

Get two of everything; that's my philosophy. ;D

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"any excuse to pick up some new gear..."

That's the spirit, man.

Get two of everything; that's my philosophy. ;D

I too live by that rule

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Zillion, hands down

slipknot, it'd be helpful if you provide some explanation.

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i have curado Es and a few zillions and i love them all. however, for froggin' and pitchin' plastics, i prefer the curado E7. hollow-body frogs are pretty light and i get better distance with light lures with my curados than my zillions. same with pitchin'...i rarely use more than a 3/16th weight and the curado seems to allow me to get the bait out easier.

also, when i pitch, i use my wrists a lot and feel that the slight weight differential makes a big difference at the end of the day.

now, if you tie on any kind of leader to your braid, the knot does pass through the bigger eyelet of the zillion easier but that's rarely a problem either way.

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I have both reels - I'd take the Curado simply because it costs $100 less. These are both outstanding reels, but the Curado is more comfortable in my hands and I don't think there is really a justifiable $100 difference between these two for what you're going to be doing.

bronzefly beat me to it. Plus I'm partial to shimano haha! 8-)

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I have both and I find the Zillion to be much more comfortable to palm.  It just fits my hands better the way I palm a reel.  I find myself constantly adjusting my grip with the Curado.

Performance wise i give the edge to the Zillion as well.  That being said if the extra $100 is big issue the Curado is a good reel, just not as refined as the Zillion.

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I have a JDM HS Zillion and love the thing to death, is it worth more IMO YES!! Yet, the point of diminishing returns argument is tough to beat, unlike Snoppy my freaking Zillion is dynamite with smaller lures compared to the Curado's I throw.

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ive got several of each, and though I like them both, I just like fishing with the zillions better. i guess they just feel better in my hand. and i think i just feel what's on the end of the line better or something with the zillions. so if money were no object i'd go with the zillion

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IMO, The zillion feels better in my hand. As for other suggestions, Revo SX. I love mine and it tosses the light lures with ease.  I find the SX easier to cast into the wind.

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