Shimano Calcutta B CT400B Fishing Reel

Shimano Calcutta B CT400B Fishing Reel

Price: $239.99
TD Code
Line Retrieve
Per Crank(in)
Line Capacity
Max Drag
BearingsGear RatioWeight
Clutch TypeNo. of GripsGrip StylePrice
17.53+1 A-RB5.0:111.7Auto-Return Thumb Bar2SV Paddles$239.99 USD
Shimano Calcutta series of reels represents the core of Shimano's quality, versatility, dependability and long-term value. In sizes from the ultralight 50 to the 30# class 700, there's a Calcutta reel for almost any application, in fresh or saltwater. With Dartanium Drag, A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings), and Super Stopper, the Calcutta will give you years of solid performance.
  • Cold Forged Aluminum Frame, Sideplates and Spool
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Variable Brake System (VBS)
  • Super Stopper
  • Assist Stopper (excluding 50B, 100B & 101B)
  • Dartainium Drag
  • 3-Bolt Quick Take Down (2 Bolt on 50B)
  • Septon Handle Grips
  • Easy Access Sideplate (100 and 200 sizes only)
  • Lo-Mass Drilled Spool System (200GTB only)
  • Drilled Crossbar (200GTB only)
  • Clicker (400 & 700 only)
  • 3-Position Power Grip (400BSV, 700B & 700BSV only)
  • SV Power Paddles (400B only)
  • Non-Levelwind Version (BSV models only)
  • Manual Return Clutch Lever (700 models only)
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System (400 & 700 only)
  • Metal Series
Shimano Calcutta B Featured Highlights

Cold Forged Aluminum Frame, Aluminum Sideplates and Aluminum Spool provide the strongest, tightest tolerances for excellent smoothness and legendary durability.

A-RB« (Anti-Rust Bearings) These specially treated stainless steel ball bearings are at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.

Variable Brake System (VBS«) uses centrifugal force rather than magnets to aid in controlling the cast for increased distance and adjustability.

Super Stopper« is a one-way roller bearing that eliminates backplay for solid hooksets.

Dartainium« Drag material provides a wide range of drag settings and the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.

Quick Take Down by unscrewing the 3 thumb screws the sideplate can be easily removed for maintenance or to adjust the VBS brake weights (2 screws on CT50).

SeptonÖ this handle grip material is soft to the touch and does not get slippery when wet.

Metal Series Metal frames keep moving parts in precise alignment for increased efficiency and durability.
Easy Access Sideplate by using a single thumb screw, the angler can open the sideplate and adjust the VBS without having to remove the spool from the reel (100 and 200 sizes only).

Assist Stopper is a back-up anti-reverse system that reduces the stress placed on the one-way roller bearing to increase durability (Not available on 50 & 100 sizes).

Lo-MassÖ Drilled Spool System reducing the weight of the spool by drilling lowers start-up inertia for more manageable casts (CT200GTB only).

Drilled Crossbar reduces the overall weight of the reel (CT200GTB Only).

Clicker increases the tension on freespool and activates a clicking alarm when a fish bites (400 & 700 sizes only).

3-Position Power Grip this Septon coated handle grip allows for 3 different hand positions for various fishing techniques (CT400BSV, CT700B & CT700BSV only).

SV Power Paddles The largest of the paddle grips provides extra fish fighting power when battling feisty inshore species (CT400B only).

Non-Disengaging Levelwind System allows the levelwind to track back and forth during the cast which reduces drastic line angles that cause unwanted friction and backlashes on wide-spool reels (CT400B & CT700B only).
Shimano Calcutta B Baitcasting Reels Shimano has redefined the entire Calcutta series; many of the proven innovations that Shimano has developed over the years have been incorporated into the new Calcutta B baitcasting reels.
Compare Original Calcutta Models vs. New B Version Calcuttas.
4.5 Stars based on 36 reviews
By Kurt
Conway, SC
Another quality product
October 9, 2020
Smooth, strong, and good looking. Love it for inshore fishing
By Manuel
Reston, VA
"The Reel"
May 31, 2020
I use this reel on special occasions only, kept it in a secure place in my how. That much I like this reel. I own the 201B (for left hands) I should buy another one just in case is discontinue. It is a great reel
By Jordan
Great swimbait reel
May 7, 2020
A great smooth, strong, precision- machined, Japanese swimbait reel. Throws big baits with ease. A true workhorse.
By Cal
Ocean Springs, Ms
April 29, 2020
This is easily the best reel I have ever owned. I have had one for around 15 years and never even had to get it serviced until year 12. It can definitely last a lifetime if properly taken care of. Just purchased another.
ProsWorkhorse, easy to cast, smooth as butter
By John
Carrollton, TX
Strong reel
April 23, 2020
By AJ J.
Bluffton, SC
Great quality
April 3, 2020
This reel is very smooth, casts like a bullet and fits perfectly in my hand. I bought it to handle big crankbaits of 1.5 and 2 ounces. It does the job without effort and in style. I also use it for my smaller swimbaits and glidebaits. The drag is very smooth and the perfect match when fishing treble hooks.
ProsDrag Casting Smooth Strong and positive retrieve
By Tim
Tampa, FL
Great Reel
June 21, 2019
Great reel...I use it for inshore snapper fishing under bridges and it's super lightweight and can handle good size fish. Love it.
ProsLightweight Good drag Durable
ConsNone that I recognize
By River W.
WA, Olympic Peninsula
Great Plug and Diver pullers!
September 26, 2018
Go to reel for anadromous species hunting in the NW United States. These have just the right amount of line capacity t get it done in a guided environment, and allow for a 5 minute line change when a newbie gets spooled.....
Very durable, low maintenance, and not a bank breaker; yet ready for everyday use.
Solid choice, solid reputation, good price for a tough player. Shimano has never let me down.
ProsRight capacity. Drag works well, even if clamped down too much; forgiving reel. Easy for anyone to use and learn. Easy to maintain, with a TINY bit of maintenance.
ConsSome say cost, think it is worth the money.
By Hector
Tampa, Florida
December 18, 2017
I'm new to round reels and have loved this one since day one. It's weight and build quality are amazing and have shown how good they are time and time again. I've spooled it with 30lb braid and a 20lb fluorocarbon leader for saltwater fishing. It has been reeling buttery smooth and the brake on it is amazing. I did my research before buying and it hasn't let me down. If you're debating getting this reel, don't. Buy it and see for yourself how awesome it is!
ProsButtery smooth retrieve Strong brake Gorgeous finish Decent line capacity
ConsI can't really think of any
By Jeffrey
Calcutta is Great
September 21, 2017
this is my 6th Shimano Calcutta, Get design and function. brought in many fish (salt Water) years of use and no problems.
ProsAluminum Frame
Puyallup, WA
Awesome Reel
September 8, 2017
I've used these reels for salmon for years. Love them!
ProsThumb button for to release bail Ultra-smooth drag
By Beau
Dickinson, TX
Saltwater Pier fishing
October 4, 2016
This reel is awesome for fishing from a pier for reds and other heavy hitting bottom feeders.
ProsBeautiful Reel Smooth Casting
ConsDrag is a little on the light side
By Ethan
Birmingham, AL
Best Reel Ever
May 28, 2016
This truly is the best reel ever. I have caught 30lb tarpon and 45lb back drum on this reel and there is no jerkiness in the drag and the retrieval is smooth as glass. Many people complain that the reel is too heavy, but if you want a built tough heavy fish catching machine this is the way to go. People complain about the line knotting up because the guide eye does not move when a fish takes drag but I have never had this problem. I use suffix superior monofilament on this reel.
Prosheavy duty smooth retrieve, casting, reeling Increasing drag as you lose line
By Gerardo
Montevideo, Uruguay
Excellent reel
March 26, 2016
Tremendo reel. Muy suave para recoger. Fuerte, cómodo en la mano. LO compré para pescar desde el kayak. tamaño ideal.
Prosfuerte suave para tirar y recoger
By Kevin
Orange Beach, AL
Best reel I have ever owned
February 28, 2016
I have had a 200B for 15 years. This thing is a workhorse and is the smoothest, most reliable reel I have ever owned. It will catch anything from bass, to redfish, to bonita. Great all around light tackle reel.
10 Questions & 10 Answers
Juan molina
from San Antonio asked:
October 16, 2018
Does it have a clicker?
1 Answer
This reel does feature a clicker
Submitted by: Bernie on October 18, 2018

from NJ asked:
March 13, 2020
Is it available left handed
1 Answer
The CT400B is no longer available in a left handed version, the 201 would be the only option in the Calcutta B series. Calcutta 401 D would be the closest option:

Submitted by: Brian on March 17, 2020

Juan Molina
from TX asked:
October 9, 2018
What is the difference between the Calcutta 400BSV and the Calcutta B CT400B. I have the 400BSV and love it and want another one but not sure if the CT400B is as good. Need your help.
1 Answer
The only difference is the BSV has a power handle and it is not levelwind. Unfortunately, we no longer carry the BSV.
Submitted by: Rebecca on October 18, 2018

from México asked:
June 29, 2018
which side is the crank
1 Answer
This is a right handed reel.
Submitted by: Rebecca on June 30, 2018

Saad Chuck
from Cairo Egypt asked:
January 3, 2016
Can be used in saltwater fishing
1 Answer
Yes, this can be used for saltwater fishing.
Submitted by: David on January 4, 2016

from Madison, WI asked:
October 16, 2015
What is the difference between the Calcutta 400B and the CT400B reels? Also which power handle can I order that fits these reels?
1 Answer
Those are the same reels. The CT in front is just part of the model number. As far as the power handle goes, you will need one that fits a 7mm drive shaft as that is what the 400 size has.
Submitted by: David on October 16, 2015

rick carpenter
from mitchell sd asked:
May 31, 2015
how to clean
1 Answer
Rick, I recommend you consult Shimano or take a look at the manual supplied with the reel for proper cleaning methods. Shimano technical experts can be reached at 877-577-0600.
Submitted by: Frank on June 3, 2015

from Seattle asked:
September 27, 2014
Is this a japaneese reel?
1 Answer
Hello Payam! This reel is indeed made in Japan. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 28, 2014

from Florida asked:
September 24, 2014
Left or Right hand?
1 Answer
Hello Lu, This particular reel is a right hand retrieve. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 25, 2014

from Norwalk CT asked:
September 19, 2014
what does non-disengaging level rewind mean??
1 Answer
It means that the level wind works both during the cast and the retrieve.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 19, 2014


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