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Quick View chronarch_mgl_v1_m56577569831041072.png Chronarch MGL

Ultra-lightweight and top level performance is the best way to describe the new Chronarch MGL series. In pursuit of effortless casting, Shimano’s new Magnum Light spool design incorporates a unique porting technique that allows for precision cut holes to be inserted into the side of the spool. This advancement significantly reduces weight and creates a low moment of inertia, meaning that less effort is required to propel the spool into motion when cast.

Quick View tranx300_v1_m56577569831040607.png Tranx

The Shimano Tranx is the next level in saltwater proofed baitcast reels.

Quick View exsense_v1_m56577569830986260.png Exsence DC

Digital Cast Control on the Exsence mean overruns are a thing of the past, while the high gear ratio, nine SA-RB bearings and aluminium body makes it stand out from the crowd.

Quick View chronarch_ci4_v1_m56577569830877086.png Chronarch Ci4+

The Chronarch is the latest in a distinguished line of premium quality baitcasters, and is now utilising a CI4+ frame, a 7075 super-light, cold-forged machine-cut aluminium spool, X-Ship, a High Alumina Frictionless Line Guide, and SA-RB bearings.

Quick View curado_i_v1_m56577569830888763.png Curado I

How Could Shimano's Curado series possibly get any better? The I series, sees this evergreen reel tricked up even further than its predecessors, taking design and performance characteristics to a whole new level.

Quick View citica_v1_m56577569830985172.png Citica I

With their low-slung profile and racecar good looks, Shimano’s previous Citica G series of baitcasters were pretty classy examples of Japanese design, technology and performance, but the new 2016 models take it another step further.

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The Casita baitcaster come in two retrieve options — a still fast 6.3:1 and a paint blistering 7.2:1. The Cross Carbon drag can crank out a fish stopping six kilos of power if required.

Quick View caenan_16_v1_m56577569831013451.png Caenan

The Shimano Caenan reel provides anglers with an incredible amount of features at an extremely affordable price.It features S3D (Stable spool design) technology creating a balanced and thin walled spool which reduces vibration whilst providing the angler with a smooth effortless cast. It is ideal for freshwater fishing, right through to larger barramundi.

Quick View caius_16_v1_m56577569831025304.png Caius

The Caius looks and performs well above its status. Five kilos of drag, three stainless bearings and one roller bearing, Easy Mag II braking system, a gear ratio of 6.5:1 with a Quickfire II clutch, and you have a great reel for the intermediate or beginner angler delving into the world of low profile baitcasters.

Quick View calcutta_d_v1_m56577569830877085.png Calcutta D

This iconic round baitcaster incorporates the latest state-of-the-art fishing technology that will see it continue to perform well into the 21st century.

Quick View calcutta_b_v1_m56577569830877084.png Calcutta B

One of the all time classic baitcaster reels, the Calcuttas have been catching fish in Australia for over 20 years now. Each model features a multi-disc carbon drag, so they all have incredible drag power ratings.

Quick View corvalus_v1_m56577569830877089.png Corvalus

The Corvalus series offers an affordable round baitcaster reel alternative to Shimano's Calcuttas. The range comes in three sizes and offers features like Super Stopper anti-reverse, plus a level wind on every model.

Baitcast Reels

For barra fishing and bass fishing and many other salt and freshwater species, when it comes to precision casting with a wide variety of lure weights, shapes and sizes, baitcaster reels are the way to go — and Shimano have the best in the business.

For decades now, a skilled baitcaster user who can land a lure just millimetres out from a snag has been a fishing opponent to be reckoned with. Now, while threadline proponents might disagree, a crack-shot with a baitcaster usually finds a lot of fish on the end of his line by the end of the day. And whether you hook a fish or not, there’s a lot of satisfaction to be derived from uncorking a bottler of a cast, whether you make use of cast assisting features such as Shimano’s Variable Braking System (VBS) or go it alone with the much revered ‘educated thumb’.

Shimano’s low profile baitcaster reels are ergonomically designed to be comfortable to use for long periods of time, as casting accuracy can really suffer when arms and wrists become tired, especially in the tropical heat, but when that long-awaited hookup does occur, other Shimano-exclusive features such as ultra smooth drags, SA-RB or A-RB bearings and Super Stopper come into play to make the fight even more enjoyable.

For mixed fishing situations such as live baiting and trolling — whether hand-held or sitting the outfit in a rod holder — traditional round cross-section baitcasters still hold sway, especially when line capacity is a factor if targeting species such as Niugini black bass, big saltwater barra and offshore dwellers such as Spanish mackerel and black jew.