29 Reviews
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97% Recommend this product (28 of 29 responses)
By Anthony
Do it All
September 8, 2022
This reel can do everything, its a great all around reel for any situation. Pitching, jigging, or bombing out a topwater.
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. I’ve had mine for around 3-4 years and I fish it heavily, as it’s the only bait caster I have. I’ve 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.
ProsDurable, 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.
ConsAbsolutely none,
By Ryan
September 6, 2021
Fantastic smooth reel which isn’t absurdly hard on the wallet or full of gimmicks. Love it.
ProsSmooth 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!
ProsSmooth Easy to Palm Looks good with all my rods
By Kaden
Duncannon, PA
Great Reel
August 5, 2021
Love this reel, works amazingly
ProsCasts Great built tough
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. I’ve wade fished saltwater with mine, beat and banged it in boats and on piers, throw it in the truck and take it anywhere. It’s hard to beat at the price, and can be used and abused for years. The casting is exceptional and there’s a reason so many people use them.
ProsPrice, 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.
ProsDesign Color Weight Retrieve
ConsNone 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.
ProsQuality built Easy to adjust Great performance
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.
ProsI've been a big fan of shimano for years, no compaints
ConsNone so far
By Cobb
Glenmoore, PA
Holds up very well and very smooth
March 2, 2020
I got this as my first casting reel and it was very easy to use I soon warmed up to it and am now very able of fishing both casting and spinning reels.
ProsLine capacity Simple design Takes a beating
By Kyle
Takes a beating
February 11, 2020
I've used my curado for the past 2 seasons and I still say I an by no means nice to my gear. Other than having to clean and do some maintenance it keeps on trucking. Mine does make an odd noise but it still works just fine
By Dan
Manchester, CT
Good reel, have had issues
November 20, 2019
I have 3 of these. Out of the package they are super smooth and fish great. I did have one that had issues with the pawl gear that i had to fix, and another that had the little piece of plastic on the thumb button pop off. The reel still works fine but its missing that piece. They do fish great when they are new but i've had issues with 2/3 of mine. I do beat the crap out of my gear and they get heavy usage but i've got 8 citica's with no issues.
thumb bar
August 5, 2019
last weekend fishing the thumb bar "plastic thing" broke or it can be called the thumb bar pad, where my thumb makes contact with the thumb bar. the reel works perfectly but the pad just happened, if any now know how i can find this part let me know... "Clutch button assembly"
By william
New Jersey
Shimano always made good freshwater gear
April 4, 2019
Way back 30 years ago plus and when I was younger my family lived a considerable amount further away from my fathers boat in Atlantic Highlands than i do today, so freshwater fishing was my main way of fishing, and my shimano was my go to company. Still have some of my old reels in the garage that still work smooth till this day that are older than my son and daughter.
By Chris
Awesome reel !!!
October 14, 2018
I have been useing the new Curado K now for several months now . They have been amazing very smooth and handle big fish with very easy . I fish alot and have yet to be let down.
ProsSmooth .. awesome drag system... very durable.
By Steve
February 8, 2018
Avoid at all costs. I've been seeing these come into my repair shop with the micro gears stripped right out. I wonder what factory was trying to get rid of cheep gears and pawned them off on these guys?
Merchant Response:Do you even repair?
ProsIt looks like a BB1 or one of the Concept 13 A reels
ConsEverything else.
By big e.
new york
cu200zgk reel
December 18, 2017
The reel work very good and good for frishing I go for!!!!!!!!!
By Marcelo
New York, New York
Great BC reel
November 19, 2017
It is an excellent reel, it cast far and its operation is very smooth
By Antonio
GreAt reel
November 7, 2017
Very smoth used for fresh water dorados holds plenty of line and holds great in my hand
ConsScratches fairly easily Wish they have higher drag
By David
Acworth, GA
Excellent reel
October 27, 2017
This thing is like butter. If you are thinking about getting one, do it!
Phoenix, AZ
October 10, 2017
Just the initial inspection as I pre ordered early. 201 HGK 7.4. Beautiful looking reel. Small. Light. Looks matte black indoors. V groove spool. I have several Shimano reels so I trust it will cast and fish well. Its smaller and lighter than my older 201 reels though the brass gearing on this reel is a great improvement. I use these reels for fresh and saltwater/surf fishing. The salt wears the main aluminum gear on my old 201 DC reel (though it still works) so I jumped on this Curado K with it's brass micromodule gear. Hopefully larger versions are coming as another size up may be better in the surf. Nonetheless, nice looking reel with a nice main gear and a star drag.
By David L.
Dublin, California
Changing the game.
September 23, 2017
These reels are absolutely amazing. Smooth as silk on 65lb braid. Can't wait for the different gear ratios to come out.

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