I've spent the past six months field testing the Curado I series baitcaster and 3Zero rod, pushing it to the limits on offshore pelagics, big goldies, and of course trolling and casting in our northern river systems.
The new Curado reel is incredibly light yet powerful, and features a new stable spool design that makes it exceptionally easy to cast, along with X-Ship gear technology and increased drag strength for putting the hurt on big fish in tight country.
The Curados have always had a reputation for durability and reliability, and this model is no different.
It's rapidly become my favourite baitcasting reel that I reach for first, every time. I've paired the Curado with the 3Zero baitcasting rod, and it's a perfect combination.
The 3Zero rods are fairly new for the Shimano stable, and feature Nano technology for an ultra-crisp, light and commanding feel.
They sport a full cork, ergonomic butt with EVA fore grip and custom, moulded winch fitting that seats the low profile Curado perfectly.
The extra-fast action is perfectly suited to firing out quick, accurate casts to structure, and this rod has plenty of grunt for those that like to chase trophy barra.
"The extra-fast action is perfectly suited to firing out quick, accurate casts to structure"