Shimano Calcutta B CT400B Fishing Reel

Shimano Calcutta B CT400B Fishing Reel

Price: $249.99
Model
TD Code
Line Retrieve
Per Crank(in)
Line Capacity
yds/lb)
Max Drag
(lb)
BearingsGear RatioWeight
(oz)
Clutch TypeNo. of GripsGrip StylePrice
CT400B
SHM-0069
24330/12
260/14
160/20
17.53+1 A-RB5.0:111.7Auto-Return Thumb Bar2SV Paddles$249.99 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 41 reviews
By Matt
NJ - New Jersey
Super smooth reel
February 28, 2022
Really nice versatile reel.
Cons
  • You have to take spool out of the reel to set the brakes so that is a bit of a hassle
By Ron
San diego
Very good reel
September 29, 2021
This is my favorite baitcaster for calicos
Pros
  • Very good
By Anonymous
Florida
nice reel
July 31, 2021
this a nice made reel however the price seemed a little high for what you get. I could be wrong do to the rate of inflation these days.
By Pete
Austin, TX
Surf Fishing
May 19, 2021
Bought two of these reels for Surf Fishing, they are amazing pieces of fishing gear, the finish on the reel is superb, they also cast very far and smooth with no bird nest, if it is set right for the weight you will be using.
Pros
  • Finish, Shimano Quality
Cons
  • A little expensive
By Kurt
Conway, SC
Another quality product
October 9, 2020
Smooth, strong, and good looking. Love it for inshore fishing
By Kenny
Harwood, Maryland
nice inshore reel
July 13, 2020
Wanted a small size conventional reel. bought the one with the single power knob and it was good for small to medium snappers on reefs
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
AL
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
200gtb
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.
Pros
  • Workhorse, easy to cast, smooth as butter
Cons
  • None
By John
Carrollton, TX
Strong reel
April 23, 2020
ITS SUPER STRONG
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.
Pros
  • Drag
  • Casting
  • Smooth
  • Strong and positive retrieve
Cons
  • None
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.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Good drag
  • Durable
Cons
  • None 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.
Pros
  • Right 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.
Cons
  • Some say cost, think it is worth the money.
By Hector
Tampa, Florida
Perfection
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!
Pros
  • Buttery smooth retrieve
  • Strong brake
  • Gorgeous finish
  • Decent line capacity
Cons
  • I can't really think of any
By Jeffrey
MONROE TWP, NJ
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.
Pros
  • Aluminum Frame
Cons
  • none
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

Brian
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:


https://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-calcutta-d-ct401d.html

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

Luis
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

Pat
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

Payam
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

Lu
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

joe
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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