Shimano Calcutta B Baitcasting Reels

Shimano Calcutta B Baitcasting Reels

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Clutch TypeNo. of GripsGrip StylePrice
9.53+1 A-RB5.8:19.0Auto-Return Thumb Bar2Paddle$209.99 USD
113+1 A-RB6.0:110.1Auto-Return Thumb Bar2Paddle$209.99 USD
CT201B Left Hand Retrieve
113+1 A-RB6.0:110.1Auto-Return Thumb Bar2Paddle$209.99 USD
117+1 A-RB6.0:19.9Auto-Return Thumb Bar2Paddle$239.99 USD
17.53+1 A-RB5.0:111.7Auto-Return Thumb Bar2SV Paddles$249.99 USD
16.53+1 A-RB4.7:118.2Manual Return Lever13 Position Power Grip$324.99 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).

Septon™ 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-Mass™ 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.
  • 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
  • Very good
By Anonymous
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.
  • Finish, Shimano Quality
  • 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
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.
  • Workhorse, easy to cast, smooth as butter
  • None
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.
  • Drag
  • Casting
  • Smooth
  • Strong and positive retrieve
  • 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.
  • Lightweight
  • Good drag
  • Durable
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some 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!
  • Buttery smooth retrieve
  • Strong brake
  • Gorgeous finish
  • Decent line capacity
  • I 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.
  • Aluminum Frame
  • none
17 Questions & 17 Answers
John Leslie
from Galveston asked:
March 21, 2019
Is the calcutta 100B coming back into stock?
1 Answer
That reel has been currently discontinued per Shimano 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 21, 2019

from South Jersey asked:
February 26, 2018
What is ideal application for the 700B reel? I have one that I got at a really good price so I grabbed it but not sure what to do with it. Recommended rod to match it to??
1 Answer
You can use it for light saltwater inshore applications.
Submitted by: Bernie on March 2, 2018

from NJ asked:
July 3, 2022
Would the 400b work well for livelining bunker for medium to 30lb striped bass in the NY/NJ region ?
1 Answer
Hi Jim, We do not recommend this reel as it is not the most ideal for livelining bait. We recommend looking at the Daiwa Saltist in the 15 or 20 size ( ) or the Avet MXJ as excellent options for your application( ). Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with!
Submitted by: Huy - TackleDirect Customer Service on July 6, 2022

from Twin Cities, MN asked:
May 18, 2022

I'd like to inquire as to where is this reel manufactured e.g., Japan or Malaysia?

Thank you in advance!

1 Answer
According to Shimano, The Shimano Calcutta B Baitcasting Reels are made in Japan. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 18, 2022

Wilson Sendyk
from Brazil asked:
February 7, 2022
1- can I use a Shimano Calcutta 400 in salt water? Are they indicated for salt water fishing?

2- are they available for left hand retrive?

1 Answer
HI Wilson, The Shimano Calcutta B are intended for saltwater and can be used for saltwater fishing applications. Shimano only makes a Left Hand 201 model in the B series. However they do offer a 401A model in the Shimano Calcutta Conquest which is also rated for saltwater fishing. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on February 8, 2022

Joel Butz
from California asked:
February 11, 2021
Can you use a 400 for white sturgeon fishing? 
1 Answer
This reel would be too small for sturgeon fishing.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 12, 2021

Roland Bascle
from Broken Bow OK asked:
February 8, 2021
Did shimano quit making the 200gtb reel
1 Answer
Yes, these reels are now discontinued and have been replaced by the Calcutta D.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 9, 2021

Dustin C.
from Louisiana, New Orleans asked:
January 2, 2017
Is the ct400b reel right hand retrieve?
1 Answer
The Shimano Calcutta B Baitcasting Reels cranks right handed.
Submitted by: Donald on January 3, 2017

from California asked:
January 1, 2017
how much 20# braid can i fit on the 200 model? and would the Shimano TZCW70MHBLK Black Terez Waxwing Conventional Rod be a good match for this reel?
1 Answer
The Shimano Calcutta B CT200B Fishing Reel can approximately fit 260 yards for 20 lb braid and it would match up well with the Shimano TZCW70MHBLK Black Terez Waxwing Conventional Rod.
Submitted by: Donald on January 4, 2017

from Blackwood, NJ asked:
February 11, 2015
Would the Calcutta 400B be a good match for a St.Croix Tide Master TIC70HF Casting rod?
1 Answer
That would certainly be a very nice combo but I like knowing the actual application the rod and reel will be used for before saying it will work. Feel free to call or email in and speak with a member of the customer service team to confirm that this rod and reel will work for your application. From a balance and general feel standpoint that rod and 30 lb PowerPro will marry well with a Calcutta 400. -Paul
Submitted by: Paul on February 16, 2015

from Rhode Island asked:
December 19, 2014
Can the Calcutta 400B be considered for a 30lb saltwater rig? What's a good 30lb rod to go with this reel?
1 Answer
You can use 30# braid on the Calcutta 400, but it is not a 30# class reel. It is a light saltwater reel. It would be great for Flounder, small to medium size Stripers, Bluefish, and Tog. The Lamiglas Tri Flex Inshore, Gloomis Pro-Blue, or St. Croix rods all would be great with that reel.
Submitted by: Customer Service on December 22, 2014

davey hutchison
from suches, Ga. asked:
April 7, 2014
recommend good salt appl. reel in Calcutta series
1 Answer
Any of the Calcutta series reels would be a good match for any saltwater application.
Submitted by: Customer Service on April 11, 2014

from Texas asked:
February 24, 2014
What does GTB stand for? Would this be a good reel for Striper Fishing?
1 Answer
The 200GTB model features the following upgrades: - Precision aluminum Lo-Mass spool - 7 A-RB stainless steel ball bearings + 1 A-RB stainless steel roller bearing
Submitted by: Customer Service on February 24, 2014

paddy O
from pacifica, ca asked:
February 14, 2014
would this reel (400B) work with the shimano TSC66ml tescata jigging rod?
1 Answer
Yes, this rod and reel would match very well together.
Submitted by: Customer Service on February 15, 2014

from Los angelas, california asked:
November 23, 2013
Would the 700B or 700BCV work in saltwater?
1 Answer
Yes, these reels are designed for salt water use
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 24, 2013

from Key Largo, Fl asked:
June 30, 2012
Would a Shimano Trevala S Jigging Conventional Rod be compatable with this type of reel ?
1 Answer
We would recommend to match the rod to the strength of line and lure weight that you are using.
Submitted by: Customer Service on July 6, 2012

from South Florida asked:
June 29, 2012
Can you use powerpro with these reels ?
1 Answer
Power pro is the perfect line for this reel.
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 29, 2012


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