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I don't remember the D series being around for a long period of time, if I recall it had some problems. I am thinking of picking up the 100 size but am wondering if I should look at different Shimano. I need some idea's please. I want to keep the weight down & the IPT at 26. I am going to use it on a 6 1/2' casting rod with a 12 - 20 lb line weight. I'll be casting weightless stick baits & small spinner baits in heavy cover. Thanks :D

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The Curado D series wasn't around long at all, but I really like the 100D (wasn't a fan of the 200D).  I actually like the 100D more than my 200E.  It just fits better in my hand.

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It really depends on what features you want. Performance wise, I can tell that the 100/101d is a totally awesome reel.  However, while it weighs less than the new Es, the 101/100s do NOT:

1) have the HEGearing

2) have the 1/8 side plate turning. You actually have to twist the sideplate off completely as you had to on the BSFs.

So if you want those features, you would need to go to the curado or citica actually for a gear ratio that is closer to what you are looking for.

Also, if you are set on the 100d, fine, but don't pay more than $120, because that gets you a citica e.

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the 100d's were/are good reels, even without the heg...the 100dsv, if you can find one, held a deeper spool...better for the larger lines.

that said, 12# yozuri hybrid on the 100d should work well for your apps.

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The 100D's are great reels , probably don't want to go over 12# test with the reel though. There is 9 of them on fleabay right now.

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I have a101d, no HEG but I still use it on my loomis843 crank rod. Line capacity burns me sometimes. I like the reel.

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IMO, the 200Ds were the best of all the Curados and among the best baitcasters, ever. 

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Mechanically the D series is exceptional. The reason they weren't around long is because the Revos came out and made the 200D (which was bulky to say the least) completely obsolete. So Shimano had to bring out the E series to compete with the smaller and stronger Revo line.

The 100s are nice though. If you can find a good price, I highly recommend one. I have 2 of the Citica 100 Ds, and they are nice. I have a Curado 200D, just wish it was less bulky. But it makes a nice cranking reel (5:1 ratio).

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I have a 201DHSV and absolutely love it.  The catch is that I have large hands (I'm 6'2" and have big hands for my size).  So really the bulkiness doesn't bother me at all -- in fact that reel fits my hand better than most baitcasters (even the newest small ones) do.

However, if you have normal-sized hands, or a $120+ budget, get the Citica E.  Its a smaller reel, performs as well as the Curado D's, and has better features than the Curado 100D's (mentioned above in another post). Plus it'll be new so you won't have to worry about how it was treated, and, you'll have a warranty.

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The problem the series had when it first came out was that the levewlind stuck, there wasn 't much space in between the line guide and the worm gear cover, problem that was immediately dealt by Shimano by sending you a repair kit.

The 100 size Curado D was an improved version of the old trusty 100 B ( lighter, lighter shalower spool, metal cast control knob, metal drag star, speton grips ) the 100 DSV had the same improvements but with the deeper spool identical to the one found in the Curado 100B.

The 200 size were really good reels and were more comparable in features to the old Chronarch than to the previous B series. I have a Citica 200D ( same dimensions as the 200 Curado D series but with less features ), nope, the reel is not larger than a 200 Size B series Curado. Putting them side by side for comparison the only difference in dimensios is the slighly longer length of the reel because of the pointy front end, what makes it look larger is the big HEG gearing housing on the handle size, this does not interfere with the palmability of the reel, the "bulkiness" is apparent, but not truely real, what makes it feel bulky is the weight, weighting nearly 10 ounces is far from being the lightest modern baitcaster out there.

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200D weighed 8.9 I believe.  My 300D comes in a just under 10oz.  The 200D had many features that were dropped when it was alledgedly improved to a E. Chromed brass sideplate screws turned to black painted metal. The thickness of the main gear was cut in half.  The worm gear shroud went from metal to plastic. Now you have to access the left sideplate to remove the right.

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Thank you for all the replies. The bidding is higher then I am willing to pay for the reel so it's time to regroup. I am thinking of the Shimano Aldebaran with a 5.8:1 gear ratio. The problem is it is probley to light for the rod as it's a 6 1/2' with 10 guides plus tip. I am afraid the rod might become to tip heavy. The Scorpion xt might work but the value of the dollar vs the yen sucks.  Another choice is to use the rod for top water & go with a Chronarch 101 D7. The finial choice would be to find a larger handle for one of my Bantam Magnumlite plus reels in which I have had no luck doing so far. Thanks again for the replies.

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200D weighed 8.9 I believe. .

All the way around, 9.8 oz not 8.9.

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I own five of the 200DHSV series Curados, a bit heavier than the B's and E's but very nice reels.  I forget who (maybe TW) someone had them on clearance a couple of years ago and I picked up three of them.  I fish them all the time and have yet to have an issue.

Great drag, cast great just a little clunky compared to other reels. 

I think the D Series is better than the E Series and without a doubt better than the B Series.  I saw a few on Ebay the other day going for close to retail if that says anything. 

Scoop one up, you'll like it. 

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Great reel, picked up a 200DHSV off ebay in near mint cond. for $95.00. the size of it works great in my hands.

solid as a tank

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I've got 4 of the 200D's and they have performed flawlessly for 3 years now. When the D series came out the retail price (if memory serves me correctly) was $199 and when the e series came out the retail dropped down to $179. The E series being smaller fits my hand better but both are great reels.

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One thing no one here can argue with, no matter what the series, B, D, or E, if it says Shimano then it's good.  Out of curiosity, was there ever a C series?? :D

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. Out of curiosity, was there ever a C series?? :D

No.

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One thing no one here can argue with, no matter what the series, B, D, or E, if it says Shimano then it's good. Out of curiosity, was there ever a C series?? :D

Rooster it looks like you have drank the Kool-aid... :o I do think the Curados in all versions are fine reels.

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