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Shimano Cardiff A Baitcasting Reels

Shimano Cardiff A Baitcasting Reels

Cardiff reels are solid performers and built to last, with a solid aluminum frame, A-RB bearings, Super Stopper and more.

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Built to last with a solid aluminum frame, A-RB® bearings, Super Stopper® and more, Cardiff reel is a solid performer.
  • A-RB® (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Handle Side VBS®
  • Variable Brake System (VBS®)
  • Super Stopper®
  • Assist Stopper®
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System (400 and 401 only)
  • Recessed Reel Foot (except on models 400 and 401)
  • Three Post Quick Take Down (except on 2-post models, CDF100A)
  • Rubber Handle Grip
  • One Piece Diecast Aluminum Frame
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Aluminum Sideplates
  • Clicker (400 and 401 only)
  • Metal Series
Cardiff® A Feature Details
  • A-RB® Bearings
    Stainless steel ball bearings that have been through the A-RB treatment process which makes them at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.
  • Handle Side VBS®
    Reels equipped with this feature allow the angler to remove the handle side sideplate and adjust the VBS weights without removing the spool from the reel. This allows the angler to easily adjust the amount of cast control while the line is threaded through the rod.
  • Variable Brake System (VBS®)
    VBS uses centrifugal force rather than magnets to aid in controlling the cast. The individual brake weights, when turned on, are forced outward at the beginning of the cast when backlashes most often occur, causing friction that reduces the speed of the spool. Once the spool speed begins to slow, the pressure lessens, allowing the spool to continue spinning. The result is a much more consistent spool speed that is easier to manage and takes advantage of the reel’s maximum casting distance. Settings range from zero weights turned on for true freespool and up to 6 weights turned on for extremely windy conditions and maximum cast control.
  • Super Stopper®
    Super Stopper uses a one-way, stainless steel roller bearing that eliminates backplay. This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power.
  • Assist Stopper®
    This is a back up system to the Super Stopper that consists of the traditional pawl and ratchet. Should the Super Stopper roller bearing slip due to cold weather or over-lubrication, the Assist Stopper kicks in to provide a solid hookset the instant the roller bearing begins to slip. Most of the time the angler will not even know when this feature engages, because by quickly stopping the backwards rotation of the roller bearing, the Assist Stopper greatly reduces the chance of permanent damage to the Super Stopper, allowing it to continue to function as designed.
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System
    On wide-spool reels with a non-disengaging levelwind system, the levelwind remains engaged during the cast allowing the levelwind to track back and forth with the line as it flows off of the spool. This eliminates the drastic line angles caused by a disengaging levelwind system that can cause extreme friction which can lead to short casts or frustrating backlashes. By doing this we have increased the efficiency of the cast, allowing for more distance less effort.
  • Recessed Reel Foot
    By recessing the reel foot further into the frame, the reel sits lower in the reel seat. This allows for a much more palmable feel when the reel is mounted on a rod than traditional frame designs. Not only does it increase the comfort level, but because of the lower profile in the reel seat, it makes the reel much more maneuverable with casting styles such as underhand and roll casts.
  • Rubber Handle Grip
    Comfortable and soft to the touch.
  • Clicker
    When engaged, the clicker increases the tension in freespool and activates a clicking alarm to alert you when a fish bites.
  • Metal Series
    The metal construction showcased in some of our finest reels now appears throughout our line of Metal Series products. Metal frames not only keep moving parts in precise alignment, they also feature the use of the latest anodizing, plating and painting techniques for beautiful and durable finishes.
4.5 Stars based on 4 reviews
By chase
January 27, 2018
gets it done
for the price, my favorite round reel. use it from flounder to catfish
Prossuper smooth casting is sweet
Conskinda breaking down
By Jono
New York
July 13, 2017
Good but not great
I have found Shimano reels to be solid reels that are usually made with good parts based upon a well thought out design. I currently live in the Northeast, and this reel for the most part gets the job done. I have used it for fluke, black seabass, striped bass, and tautog. It has functioned well when fishing for most of these. I use it with 30 pound test braid, but I know I could easily go ten pounds in either direction. If that's all you needed, you can stop reading and go onto the next review now. However, there are some things that I have read on message boards that I didn't think would happen to me. When I first brought the reel home, it had a problem with the release button staying down. I sent it back to Shimano without having made a drop. Three weeks later, I got the reel back, and was able to use it on several trips when fishing out on Cape Cod. In the middle of one of my trips (bottom fishing), the button started to stick again. I also noticed that the screws that keep the side plate on had become loose. I tightened the screws. I used the reel by loosening and tightening the drag and having an educated thumb. As I continued to use the reel, the side plate screws became loose again. I stopped using it, and brought it home. I washed it, unscrewed the side plate, and then figured out that the screws needed to be tightened down quite a bit in order for them to stay. I also looked at the switch inside of the reel, and figured out how to fix my sticking button problem. Now the reel seems to be working very well.
ProsSolid construction and good parts. I love the fact that it comes in a left-hand retrieve as well as a right-hand retrieve.
ConsMake sure that your side plate is screwed on tightly. Mine was loose, and needed to be checked frequently during my trip.
Silver Spring, MD
January 29, 2015
Awesome reel
Bought the 300A model for both inshore saltwater and freshwater fishing. As with all Shimano products, the Cardiff is well-built and very smooth in both casting and retrieving. The centrifugal brakes help control overruns, and it's 5.8:1 gear ratio provides fast, powerful retrieves. The all metal frame and side plates are light weight (8.9 oz.) and is small enough to grip in the palms. It doesn't have some of the high-end features of the Calcutta, but is a great alternative at less than half the cost!
Pros- light-weight, all metal body - smooth casting and retrieve - high line-capacity - Price
By Ken
Texas Gulf Coast
August 14, 2014
Shimano Cundiff
Great reel blows away my abu garcia reels, try this reel, you won't regret it.
4 Questions & 4 Answers
Jesse Callahan
from asked:
May 27, 2017
Do they make a left handed model
1 Answers
Yes, the shimano cardiff comes in a left hand retrieve. Under the retrieve description it has them listed as right or left hand retrieve.
on May 29, 2017

Sam Radke
from Charlotte, NC asked:
December 6, 2017
Is this a saltwater reel
1 Answers
The Shimano Cardiff A Baitcasting Reels is considered a saltwater reel.
on December 6, 2017

from Farmingdale, NY asked:
July 20, 2014
Hello. How much Power Pro can the 200A take vs. The 300A please? Assuming this reel can accept braid. Thank you for your time.
1 Answers
These are the line specs for the 200A: 8/230, 10/210, 14/120 300A: 12/230, 14/180, 17/150 These are for braided line.
Customer Service
on July 21, 2014

from NJ asked:
September 4, 2012
Max drag pounds.. please explain this.... Where can I get a handle for a 10 year old Corsair 300A level wind bait caster reel??
1 Answers
The amount of pressure the reel is capable of putting out. You would need to contact Shimano at 877 577 0600
Customer Service
on September 4, 2012


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