September 21, 2022
By far the smoothest reel I own. You can cast the thing a mile and with 17lbs of drag makes it perfect for big Snook.
NJ - New Jersey
Super smooth reel
February 28, 2022
Really nice versatile reel.
ConsYou have to take spool out of the reel to set the brakes so that is a bit of a hassle
Very good reel
September 29, 2021
This is my favorite baitcaster for calicos
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.
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.
ProsFinish, Shimano Quality
ConsA little expensive
Another quality product
October 9, 2020
Smooth, strong, and good looking. Love it for inshore fishing
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
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
Great swimbait reel
May 7, 2020
A great smooth, strong, precision- machined, Japanese swimbait reel. Throws big baits with ease. A true workhorse.
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.
ProsWorkhorse, easy to cast, smooth as butter
April 23, 2020
ITS SUPER STRONG
By AJ J.
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.
ProsDrag Casting Smooth Strong and positive retrieve
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.
ProsLightweight Good drag Durable
ConsNone 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.
ProsRight 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.
ConsSome say cost, think it is worth the money.
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!
ProsButtery smooth retrieve Strong brake Gorgeous finish Decent line capacity
ConsI can't really think of any
MONROE TWP, NJ
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.
September 8, 2017
I've used these reels for salmon for years. Love them!
ProsThumb button for to release bail Ultra-smooth drag
Saltwater Pier fishing
October 4, 2016
This reel is awesome for fishing from a pier for reds and other heavy hitting bottom feeders.
ProsBeautiful Reel Smooth Casting
ConsDrag is a little on the light side
Best Reel Ever
May 28, 2016
This truly is the best reel ever. I have caught 30lb tarpon and 45lb back drum on this reel and there is no jerkiness in the drag and the retrieval is smooth as glass. Many people complain that the reel is too heavy, but if you want a built tough heavy fish catching machine this is the way to go. People complain about the line knotting up because the guide eye does not move when a fish takes drag but I have never had this problem. I use suffix superior monofilament on this reel.
Prosheavy duty smooth retrieve, casting, reeling Increasing drag as you lose line
March 26, 2016
Tremendo reel. Muy suave para recoger. Fuerte, c├┬│modo en la mano. LO compr├┬ę para pescar desde el kayak. tama├┬▒o ideal.
Prosfuerte suave para tirar y recoger
Orange Beach, AL
Best reel I have ever owned
February 28, 2016
I have had a 200B for 15 years. This thing is a workhorse and is the smoothest, most reliable reel I have ever owned. It will catch anything from bass, to redfish, to bonita. Great all around light tackle reel.
long Island, NY
great for inshore / ocean fluke fishing
July 7, 2015
own this reel for five years and great for fluke fishing.
Prosworks great for casting as well
Milton, New York
February 15, 2015
light and strong. own three of these.
Proslight and strong.
Lake worth, FL
January 30, 2015
this reel is one of my favorite paired up with a volatile does the job caught some of my biggest fish on this reel
December 22, 2014
The only thing I got to say is wow what a reel. I used to use ABU GARCIA 6500 cs pro rockets for catfishing. Well I started looking at other reels. So one summer we took a trip to Florida so one day we decided to go fishing with a friend of mine. So we were going to target some blue fish up around the piers so when we got there he ask me if I ever used a bait caster and I said yes. So he pulled out a Calcutta 400b and let me tell you what first fish I caught on that reel I was hooked so when I got home from our trip I ordered 2 of these reels and bought two more for my son and I tell you what I'M staying with this reel I caught big fish on these reels and they haven't let me down yet. So if you are thinking about getting one don't think just get one and you will see for yourself trust me you will not regret it.
ProsIts well built and can handle big fish
November 27, 2014
everithig excelent! thanks!
Port charlotte florida
Great reel for bass but nothing bigger
August 8, 2014
Great real but when drag goes out the guide does not move with the line so it causes nots had to reed pool it 2 times
West Hills, CA
Great versatile reel.
June 20, 2014
Use it for fresh and saltwater, all around a great reel.
Great high quality all around reel
June 19, 2014
I have wanted this reel for sometime and finally it has arrived. The Calcutta 400b is everything you could want in a heavy duty high quality reel. From musky to largemouth bass to catfish. Very smooth and a powerful drag that will put the brakes on almost anything your after.
ProsSolid high quality construction. Built with the finest components to last a lifetime with the proper maintenance and care.
East Lyme, CT
February 8, 2014
Top notch saltwater reel. Great reel !
By Joe V.
Santa Maria Ca
Flaming Gorge Jigging
January 29, 2014
I LOVE IT! 40# Lake Trout.
west islip, NY
Good reel, but poor design
December 22, 2013
It is a nice looking reel but the spool is considerably smaller than the rest of the reel and not only makes it look weird but also makes it hard to palm the reel and keep your thumb on the spool. The reel is very wide which adds to the lack of comfort. I find it to be not as powerful as i expected. I have used mine for livelining as well as jigging for bass and blues and it seems like it just doesn't put out the power that other reels i use for the same function do. I think for the price, you can go with something smaller and better designed
ConsWide body, small spool, a little heavy
west islip, NY
December 22, 2013
This is a great lightweight reel that can be used for a wide variety of fishing. I use mine for fluke and bottom fishing. I have had mine for 5 years now and have never had a problem with it. This winter i will be installing the upgraded drag washers and a power handle
ProsLightweight and simple
By Scott D.
Great reel for the price
August 15, 2013
I use this reel for lake trolling for trout. It's lite weight and perfect for 12" rainbows but has no problem reeling in a 10 pound Lahontan Cutthroat from Pyramid Lake, Nevada.
By Big S.
First impression - Looks real nice, but a bit heavy.
August 12, 2013
Upon taking it out of the box, I was impressed. The reason I bought this reel was based on durability and excellent drag. As for the long haul, ask again when the next generation uses it. This thing is built like a tank. I'll never wear it out. I fought several reel buster carp and saw excellent performance in the drag. They were thirty plus inch carp (25 pound class), and the drag preformed like a hydro-static snubber; no jerkiness at all. Adjustments to the line braking features was fairly simple if you know what you have to do. Most folks now days are clueless in that regard. Too bad; this reel is a joy to use. But, most new style bait-casters can perform for the knowledgeable angler. The lack of line twist, better drag, and longevity, make having to learn how to use the bait-casting reel worth your effort. Buy one; learn how to us it, and enjoy the fishing.
ProsSmooth runner Excellent drag Top quality workmanship
ConsWeight (this is why the last so long)
Beautifully made reel, but lacking in ability.
June 28, 2013
This reel is really well made, pleasing to handle and look at. That being said, I feel it is not suitable for many fishing styles. It is quite heavy to hold and use all day. I ordered it sight unseen, and found it physically larger than I expected. 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.
ProsWell made and smooth operation.
ConsOverall design does not lend itself well to most fishing styles I have tried to use it for.
By Robert M.
Holmdel, NJ 07733
The best fluking reel made!
June 20, 2013
This is the best all around reel, and the best fluking reel. Plus, cleaning is only two knobs away, and you are in and the reel doesn't explode in your face. I love the drag, and the ease of casting, I cast from the boat, and get a good 35 yards. I have also, caught many stripers this spring with no problem. I use Nanofill 10lb for fluke and PowerPro Super 8 Slick 15lb for stripers Thanks TD RJ
Pros1. Ease of cleaning 2. Casting 3. Great drag
Shimano Calcutta CT200GTB
March 17, 2013
I love this reel. Light weight with great power to land those angry reds. Great casting, smooth excellent reel. Built to last.
February 5, 2013
the reel is just what i was looking for. SERIVICE was super thank you
By Scott D.
Great reel for the price
January 14, 2013
I have my Calcutta B CT400B paired with a gloomis MBR 842C GLX. This reel is perfect for fishing leadcore line for 5 pound trout at Eaglelake, CA. I also use this reel for lite tackle mooching for strippers and halibut in the San Francisco bay.
Fantastic live bait reel
January 3, 2013
I purchased this reel for quick pitching of live bait. So far it has exceeded my expectations. The drag is tough enough for the big fish but smooth during retrieval. The frame is clean and light. Great all around live bait casiting reel
ProsLight, smooth, good drag
Shimano Calcutta B CT200GTB
September 23, 2012
This is a very comfortable and versitile reel for a variety of saltwater applications including: Casting plugs to breaking fish. Drifting live or dead bait for stripers fluke or bluefish. I would have given it 5 stars if the levelwind was non-disengaging. I believe this is hard on the levelwind when a big fish runs off drag and the line is at a steep angle to the spool.
ProsVery smooth operation of the drag and when cranking. Small size makes it very easy to handle. Fit and finish are second to none.
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