Shimano Calcutta B CT700B Fishing Reel
|Clutch Type||No. of Grips||Grip Style||Price|
|16.5||3+1 A-RB||4.7:1||18.2||Manual Return Lever||1||3 Position Power Grip||$309.99 USD|
- 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
|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 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.
I spooled it with 100lb PowerPro braid, and couldn't fill the spool with the yardage expected from the spec sheet. For the overall size it just doesn't hold very much line.
The drag is smooth but at max feels just less than I hoped (sorry I have no scale to measure actual pressure)
The reel is wide and imparts a lot of wobble on the retrieve.
Casting, even with a lot of weight was a disappointment. I have since cleaned and oiled the spool bearings with a synthetic reel oil and have improved casting distance quite a bit.
The manual spool engage/disengage is a chore. I wish the reel was a bit more narrow and had a thumb bar release.
I am still searching for the best way to use this reel in my fishing arsenal.
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