Shimano Calcutta D Baitcasting Reels

Shimano Calcutta D Baitcasting Reels

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RetrieveLine Retrive Per CrankMono Line CapacityPowerPro Line CapacityMax DragSA-RB BBA-RB BBGear RatioWeight
Right3012/230 14/180 17/15040/195 50/190 65/12515225.6:111.6Reg Price $379.99Our Price $299.99
Left3012/230 14/180 17/15140/195 50/190 65/12615225.7:111.6Reg Price $379.99Our Price $299.99
Right258/210 10/190 14/12040/135 50/130 65/9011225.7:19.35$349.99 USD
Left258/210 10/190 14/12140/135 50/130 65/9111225.7:19.35$349.99 USD
Right2712/330 14/260 20/16050/275 65/170 80/14015225.1:111.8$389.99 USD
Left2712/330 14/260 20/16150/275 65/170 80/14115225.1:111.8Reg Price $389.99Our Price $299.99
The Shimano Calcutta D reels are the perfect saltwater reels for many species. Comfortable to use with a round design, the ideal reel choice for most anglers. Each reel has S-compact body to allow for more comfortable use and allows the reel to be smaller. This type of body allows for more rigidity within the reel as well, as a result the Calcutta D reels are smaller. These reels have features that make them advanced, comfortable to use and an excellent addition for any angler's rod. Perfect for reeling in the biggest species, most anglers will find this reel great for heavy duty applications. With a re-studied gear ratio the Shimano Calcutta D reels are more effective for the latest in angling technology such as new lures and applications.
  • X-Ship Feature which allows for an increase in power, rigidity, and freespool in the baitcasting category, exclusive to baitcast
  • X-Drag Feature which is biggest innovation in round category in 20 years. This feature also helps with rigidity so the heavier your catch the more leverage will be experienced.
  • Palming side is 15% smaller
4.5 Stars based on 11 reviews
By Howard N.
Chico, California
Great reel for salmon and striped bass
September 17, 2021
I found this reel to be very smooth in it's release and in take up. The gear ratio makes take up easy and quick. I fish for both salmon and striped bass on the Sacramento River in California and need a reel that can stand up to large fish, rugged river bottom and swift current. I put braided line on it and it works like a charm. My only complaint is a lack of a clicker on it, but since I rarely use the clicker on my other reels, that lack is no big deal. Certainly not enough to cost it a star.
By David
Orange Beach, AL
High quality
March 14, 2021
Excellent bait casting reel. Very dependable.
By Michael
Mattoon, IL
Good quality reel.
March 7, 2021
I bought two in the 300 size. Smooth and consistent. As others have pointed out there are numerous cost cutting parts when compared to my Calcutta TE models. This is still a top reel, and I'm glad I finally tried it. The line guide disengages for the cast. On my 300 size, it is not a problem. The spool is very narrow (think thumb width). If you are buying the 400 (wider) size you may find the disengaging guide troublesome during long casts. The 300 size also picks up more line per crank than the 400, which is why I chose it over the 400 size. Overall a good reel.
  • Lighter than previous Calcuttas.
  • More plastic than previous Calcuttas.
By Frank B.
Good reel, but overpriced for what you get.
July 5, 2017
I own a Calcutta 400 and love it. I wanted to upgrade, so I bought a Calcutta 401D. I do like the new reel, but for the price, Shimano should have included the Non-Disengaging Levelwind System that allows the levelwind to track back and forth during the cast which reduces drastic line angles that cause unwanted friction and backlashes. I really like the drag system because its smooth, at your fingertips and so easy to use. I can do without a clicker, but it would be nice for salmon trolling. As far as casting goes, my 400 casts farther than the 401D. I think Shimano should have a 401D option for the Non-Disengaging Levelwind System.
  • Smooth drag and fits in my hand. Easy to use.
  • Does not have have the Non-Disengaging Levelwind System.
  • Too expensive in my opinion for what you get.
By David N.
July 9, 2016
This reel is super smooth, the drag has more than enough adjustability, and the size is just right for the salmon fishing i do here in Idaho.
  • quality product
  • good looking
  • holds enough line
  • none
By Sean
Farmingdale, NY
Versitale Reel, Hnds Down
September 5, 2014
This reel, is probably one of the best Shimano Reels I have owned in its class. It is the power of a 400 series reel, with the size of a 200. With the X Drag and X Ship integrations, you are able to use this reel on larger fish, you may have not dared to use on the larger species before. Because of these advancements, it has tremendous power and torque. The drag is very smooth and flawless, and the retrieve is superb. I have been using this reel, paired with the Tescata Rods, to bottom fish using the Lucanus Jigs. I have been bottom fishing for years, and I wanted a way to add a little something to the ordinary drop, jig, reel! The looks I get when I step onto an offshore Cod Boat with a small baitcaster and a noodle of a rod are all too funny. But when they see me reeling up the same fish, with my rod bent towards the water, and the fight they give me, they realize I am having the time of my life! I own 2 Calcutta D's on 2 different Tescata Rods. One for shallow water and one for 50 and beyond fathoms. Like Larry Dahlberg said, if he had one reel he could own, it would be the Calcutta D. After using this little gem, you to will be convinced of that statement.
  • Small size, increased torque and drag weight, ability to hold heavier braid, smooth drag and retrieve, ability to use on the larger species.
By Andy
Vancouver, BC
smooth and light weight
June 25, 2014
This reel is relatively light weight than other conventional reel. I use this reel as a bottom fishing reel. Works perfect and had lots of fun time with this reel.
By Cathy
Ocean Springs, MS
Mixed bag
October 31, 2013
I have fished the 200d for about a year. It has been in the shop twice, once for replacement of the plastic gear on the level wind and more recently for inconsistent casting. The second time a defective pad on the drag was replaced There are things about the reel I love. The size for one, and its strength and rigidity for another. No complaints when I am reeling in a fish. However, casting I do not seem to be able to get anywhere near the distance I get with my 100B. Also while this might be due in part to operator error, sometimes when I cast, the reel seems to freeze. Because there is no easy access to the centrifugal brakes I don't know how they are set. Maybe there are too many engaged for my casting style. I rarely if ever get backlash on this reel, but it would be nice if I could get to the brakes without taking the reel apart. All of this aside, this reel and the 100 are my go to reels for fishing inshore. I fish at least twice a week on average and the reel is comfortable to use all day.
By Bob
El Lago, TX
Great reel
June 6, 2013
very happy with the product, was shipped on time and would recommend Tackle Direct to others.
By Johan M.
Excellent drilling feel
April 17, 2013
Excellent drilling feel to this one. The break is smooth as silk and gives a very rigid feel. The casting could have been worked at a bit more. Not as long casts as with my previous calcutta. Maybe needs a more running in. With all centrifugal breaks off can't still get it to overspool.

Also the spool is a bit wiggly.

  • rigid
  • break
  • handle
  • spool
  • looks
San Diego,CA
Shimano 400D
September 29, 2012
I give this reel only 2 stars because I think Shimano jumped on the band wagon and got cheap w/ this alot of plastic where the metal should be compared to the 3 Calcuttas I own and love (400CTE) Yeah this one has a couple of high points like the palm size and the bigger handle oh and its silver ,Dont let the CTE 's disappear buy them up thats a strong reel. IMO
  • Silver,palm size, big handle
  • to much plastic not very smooth retrieve
16 Questions & 17 Answers
from OH asked:
November 29, 2019
Been looking at the Calcutta D for years now and planning on getting one but I'm debating on the Calcutta or Chronarch MGL... can the Calcutta D cast 3/8oz crankbaits and will it cast well with that size lure? If not I'll just get the Chronarch MGL, I'm really looking for distance since I'm a bank angler and I'll be fishing squarebills often than deeper diving cranks.
1 Answer
 The chronarch mgl would be better suited for how your fishing 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on November 29, 2019

from Florida asked:
July 28, 2021
Do you think the 400D will pair well with a G. Loomis Popping Rod 844C GL3? Or should I go with the 200D? Thanks :) 
1 Answer

I would recommend the 200D with that rod.  It will pair very nicely based on line and lure weight.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick Scheffler on August 2, 2021

from Key west asked:
March 24, 2021
Do you think a 400d could be used for vertical jigging Blackfin? 
1 Answer
It could be used for that application but its definitely not ideal because of its level wind. Thats not ideal for jigging. 

You would be better off with a Shimano Torium. 

Submitted by: William Larkin on March 25, 2021

from India asked:
January 5, 2021
Hi, I am interested in using CT301D for surf fishing purposes for lures ranging from 1/2oz-2.5oz on a 9' heavy power fast action rod. Will 301D be a good fit for my intended application.? 
1 Answer
The 401D model might better suit your needs better in this scenario. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 5, 2021

from ca asked:
November 10, 2018
is there a clamp available for the Calcutta300D?
1 Answer
No, they do not come with a reel clamp.
Submitted by: Ricky on November 12, 2018

from nj asked:
June 20, 2015
i am building an mhx swb 956 blend swim bait rod for freshwater rated from 1/2 oz-2 oz.will the 200 size drag rating of 11lbs be enough for the size lures. i also may use this for light tackle saltwater, stripers and fluke (maybe). thank you for your time
1 Answer
Hello Jimmy. Yes that rating will work perfectly for your application.
Submitted by: Brandon on June 22, 2015

from asked:
March 26, 2015
Could I use this reel to live line bunker/eels for stripers? As well as tossing plugs. It would be Matched up with a Lamiglas Inshore TFX7030C. Thanks! If not, what lefty conventionals would you recommend?
1 Answer
Hello Nick. This would be an excellent reel for you application. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us!
Submitted by: Customer Service on March 27, 2015

from Farmingdale, NY asked:
March 8, 2015
Referring to Larry Dahlberg's Shimano Promo Video for this real, is it advisable to use the 400, targeting Tarpon as he did?
1 Answer
For large tarpon i would not use anything smaller than the 400 size. These reels are beast and while they can land large tarpon I would consider them to be "Light Tackle" for this application. Check on the Talica series, specifically the TAC12 for tarpon specific tackle.
Submitted by: Paul on March 12, 2015

from INDIA asked:
February 24, 2015
Do you get a power handle that you can use on the reel ?
1 Answer
Shiraz, This reel does not come with a power handle. You can purchase an after market handle, unfortunately we do not carry after market handles at this time.
Submitted by: Frank on March 5, 2015

from panama city fl asked:
February 17, 2015
does it have clicker alarm
1 Answer
Hello Russ. These reels do not come with a clicker alarm. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.
Submitted by: Brandon on February 19, 2015

from CA asked:
October 5, 2014
How does the 400 fit on swim bait rods? Will it be too large? Also, could i use the 400 for tuna?
1 Answer
The reel will fit well on a Swimbait rod. Some people may feel it is a little large though. We don't recommend using it for Tuna. It may work for Tuna up to 20#, but bigger than that, you'll want more drag and line capacity.
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 6, 2014

from Farmingdale, NY asked:
September 6, 2014
Hello. Does the level wind on this reel move when casting or only when reeling? Thank you for your time.
1 Answer
The level wind is disengaged while casting. It only moves when reeling in.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 8, 2014

Jeffrey H. Johnston
from San Diego & Gaspe, Quebec asked:
September 3, 2014
I am about to acquire 2 Calcutta "400D's", the 1st reel will be used with a 8'(+/-) rod to cast 1/2 to 3oz top water & shallow running swim baits, the 2nd "400D" will be for, 1-6oz top water, 2-4oz swim baits & some 3-4oz jigging spoons like Kastmaster, etc. I plan to use Spectra 50 lb Power Pro with 4' to 5' of 30 & 50lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon from the Power Pro monofilament braided lines attached to the lure. I'll be fishing for Stripers with the 2 outfits. I would really enjoy as light of a rod/reel combination as possible. I am not leader or knot shy when it comes to pricing but I am not in the unlimited budget category either. I have extensive fresh & saltwater fly fishing experieces World wide dating back to 1960. Having caught many nice fish on fly, spin and bait casting rod/reel combos, and having acquired many fly rods for 50 years, using one reel manufacture, Abel, was for me is a no brainer, never had one break, for me, Shimano Calcutta "D's" falls in that category too and why I will acquire two 400D's. I have not kept up with what is now available for new rods. I like 1 piece rods around 8' in length and must balance out with the new 400D's that would match up with the 2 outfits described above? Please be so kind as to suggest as rods including their specs so I can review them online to see which ones look like something I would enjoy using for years to come. Thanks, Jeff
1 Answer
These rods will be great for your application. They are both 1 piece rods hand made in Wisconsin. St. Croix Legend Tournament Musky Rod model number SCR-1229 is a 8' MH fast action rod rated for 30-50 lb line and 3/4 to 3oz lures. St. Croix Legend Tournament Musky Rod model number SCR-1227 is a 7'9" H Mod. Fast action rod rated for 30 - 65 lb line and 2 - 6oz lures.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 4, 2014

from Parulan, Plaridel, Bulacan asked:
November 25, 2012
Is this model made in Japan?
1 Answer
This reel is made in Japan.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 27, 2012

from Parulan, Plaridel, Bulacan asked:
November 15, 2012
The calcutta B and D seems to be very similar, but there is a substantial price difference, almost 150 dollars, between the two shimano baitcasting reel models. What is so special with the Calcutta D model? The cardiff is a lot cheaper, but again the features are similar.
2 Answers
I thought the same thing when i first saw the D series but i quickly realized after fishing it not to judge a book by its cover. the new X-ship gearing not only increase retrieve speed but it also provides increase torque. The result of this is a much more powerful retrieve under the load of a heavy fish or lure without added strain on the angler. They made the reel more compact as well. Although it does not appear to be much narrower I can tell you the change makes it feel like a much less top heavy reel that is much comfortable to hold. I also like the lower profile on the drag knob, this reduces the chances of accidentally altering your drag setting.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 16, 2012
I own the 300 and the 400 D...the 400B...and the 300 and 400 TE Calcutta's. get what you pay for. Ease of casting on the D's is really unbelievable....people think I know what I'm tangles....the perfect casting arc.....some serious technology is going on inside and gets you where you want to be. The TE's are excellent reels that enable the average fisherperson to do more with casting without tangles and nests....and gives you a better chance to put the bait where the fish are. The 400B was my first Shimano....I love it...I still use it regularly.....and I can do almost anything with it having used it so much in full free spool... it does the job. Always maintain the reels...they can last for many years and perform near new with proper maint. Spend the money if you have it.... the D will make you look good...otherwise no shame what so ever slaying the big fish with the B. In 2010 landed a 25lb blue fin with the B...only cuz I didn't know what I was doing...the crew and others were laughing at the rig being used offshore.
Submitted by: Lucky on May 29, 2014 from The OC

from Texas asked:
August 9, 2012
I would to know that the New shimano Calcutta 400 D Series baitcast reel have the clicker or not?
1 Answer
They do not have a clicker.
Submitted by: Customer Service on August 12, 2012


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