Shimano CU201K Curado K Baitcasting Reel

Shimano CU201K Curado K Baitcasting Reel

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Price: $189.99
TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMonoLine Capacity
(lb test/yds)
PowerPro Line Cap
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsRetrieveWeight(oz)Price
116+1Left Hand7.6$189.99 USD

Considered by many to be the benchmark for reliability and versatility, the Shimano Curado platform has long been trusted by generations of anglers as a workhorse casting reel. The latest installment in this legendary series of reels is the Curado 200K, a new offering that makes use of Shimanoís top technologies such as super smooth MicroModule Gear to take the Curado name to the next level. Anglers of all skill levels will appreciate the ease of adjustment the SVS Infinity Braking allows, and the increased casting distance achieved in conjunction with Super Free Spool.

Equally at home in both freshwater or saltwater; the Curado 200Kís improved ergonomics, longer handle, and Cross Carbon Drag system give the angler more control when fighting their target species. Whether you are looking for a new ďjack of all tradesĒ casting reel or need a new reel for a specific technique, Shimano Curado 200K Casting Reels are offered in both left and right-hand as well as multiple gear ratios from 6.2:1 up to 8.5:1 to ensure you have the right tool for the job.

Shimano Technology Found In Curado K Reels :
  • Micro Module Gear - State-of-the-art gear design makes use of smaller gear teeth and more of them, which results in a more efficient gear train and much smoother retrieve.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to itís stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An anglerís actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. Itís efficiency through strength.
  • SVS Infinity - Provides easy to manage, consistent spool control and brake force that is easily adjusted as conditions change. Brake weights use inner friction against the raceway during the cast for precision casting even when using lighter lures. The external adjustment knob provides quick, precise adjustments on the fly for when conditions or baits change.
  • Super Free Spool - SF was designed to eliminate friction on the spool shaft during the cast. The pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing, which keeps the gear in perfect alignment with the spool shaft to eliminate friction for longer casts and smoother operation.
  • Super Stopper - Super Stopper anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing to eliminate back-play in the reel and provide the angler with instant power when setting the hook.
  • A-RB Bearings - These stainless steel bearings are specially treated to drastically increase corrosion resistance and will last more than 10 times longer than traditional ball bearings in saltwater enviornments.
  • Cross Carbon Drag - Allows for a wider range of drag settings, enhanced drag washer durability, and the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
4.5 Stars based on 28 reviews
By C B.
Casts and reels like butter.
July 12, 2022
No backlash issues as some have noted, it just takes a lot less effort
By Tim F.
Best reel out there for the money
March 16, 2022
Best reel out there for the money
By Julie
Shelby township, MI
Great reel
February 20, 2022
The reel feels nice and sturdy in hand and is very smooth
By Fatbackcrow
November 24, 2021
Still the best real going!
By Daniel
Very durable and dependable reel.
September 30, 2021
If you want a reel to hand down to your children this is it. Plain and simple.
Iíve had mine for around 3-4 years and I fish it heavily, as itís the only bait caster I have. Iíve caught several hundred white bass, countless largemouth, multiple speckled trout, flounder, and even a handful of large unexpected bull reds. Pair this reel with some suffix braid and be ready to cast to the moon. Super smooth drag and holds a ton of 20lb braid.
  • Durable, never had it serviced and it?s as smooth as the day I got it out the box.
  • Smooth drag, isn?t ?sticky? like other reels, doesn?t vibrate when you cast, very balanced and light reel.
  • Absolutely none,
By Ryan
September 6, 2021
Fantastic smooth reel which isnít absurdly hard on the wallet or full of gimmicks. Love it.
  • Smooth
  • Affordable
August 7, 2021
I Have put my Curado K's through the ringer and they still as smooth as ever!!
True day in and day out do everything workhorse reel!
  • Smooth
  • Easy to Palm
  • Looks good with all my rods
By Kaden
Duncannon, PA
Great Reel
August 5, 2021
Love this reel, works amazingly
  • Casts Great
  • built tough
  • None
By Justin
Biloxi, MS
All around reel
July 15, 2021
The Curado line has been a class act from the start. This reel follows the old ones in reliability and toughness. Iíve wade fished saltwater with mine, beat and banged it in boats and on piers, throw it in the truck and take it anywhere. Itís hard to beat at the price, and can be used and abused for years. The casting is exceptional and thereís a reason so many people use them.
  • Price, reliability, casting.
By Jorge F.
Miami, FL
Super nice
March 17, 2021
Love the mate black.... nice and smooth reel just like the other curados. Very light weight and fast retrieve.
  • Design
  • Color
  • Weight
  • Retrieve
  • None yet
By ryoung
Shimano 200k performance and quality
March 13, 2021
This is a outstanding reel. The quality and performance is for real. This was my first quality reel and you can tale the difference from a cheap made real to this quality reel. I am a Shimano guy from now on.
  • Quality built
  • Easy to adjust
  • Great performance
  • None
By Lamar
Newnan, ga
Great reel
January 25, 2021
This reel is so smooth and light. The drag is great
By Jake
Lakin, KS
Curado K
November 25, 2020
I love Shimano gear and this reel performs great. I own 4 of them have had no issues and will continue to buy. If they are out of price range consider the SLX as an alternative. I've found they offer very similar performance for a lot less $.
By Kenny
Harwood, Maryland
actually used in salt lol
July 13, 2020
I tested this reel in a saltwater environment off a boat. It never got splashed or dunked but it as held up to the salt from the line. still butter smooth as the day I purchased it. highly suggesting this reel for inshore purposes but Im sure you would love the curado k bass fishing
By Philthy
Shimano never fails
May 14, 2020
Excellent, low profile compact reel.
Smooth as silk.
  • I've been a big fan of shimano for years, no compaints
  • None so far
2 Questions & 2 Answers
from Kialla Victoria Australia asked:
December 13, 2017
Is 201 always left handed? This photo shows a right hand reel
1 Answers
Hello Matt, that is correct the 201's are all left hand while the 200's are right hand.
on December 13, 2017

from Califoenia asked:
September 28, 2017
Whens it available for shipping
1 Answers
First couple weeks in October it will be available for shipping.
on September 29, 2017


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