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Shimano Curado 200J
« on: May 16, 2019, 08:38:34 PM »

Welcome to my newest discovery. In the JDM world, they always make some interesting twists on reels we have in the states. So what makes this reel special that I just had to get it in my hands?, it's a D series Curado with a shallow spool. The ever loved "tank" of a reel from Shimanos past was one of the toughest made wearing the Curado name. Aluminum frame and crank plate, accompanied with brass gears, and most parts made of some kind of metal, it's just straight solid. The Curado D had a regular spool, and a deep spool version, but not a shallow spool version. Who in their mind would want to fish a reel like a Curado D with light line? Well...me. By light line, I mean 30lb braid.

I didn't know what kind of capacity I was gonna get with the spool that comes in this reel. Never having this particular reel in my hands, and having next to nothing for information on it, it was a crap shoot. I wasnt sure if I was even gonna have enough capacity to use 30lb braid, was I gonna need to go thinner? I was hoping not as it would be quite ridiculous to fish 15 or 20lb braid on a D platform. Well, come to my surprise, it holds plenty of 30lb braid, if not more than enough.

The J in 200J stands forjigging. That's "jigging", as in jigging a bait up and down in salt water. High speed gearing (about 30 IPT), and the bigger handle assist in this. The blue coloration for the accents, as well as the color of the frame, give it that "ocean reel" vibe. The J is equipped with Shimanos VBS brakes too. The shallow and light spool add to its ability to cast lighter baits with ease. My lighter baits with this reel is gonna be more on the 1/16-1/8oz weight and a T rigged plastic.

The first thing I did when I recieved the reel was to spool it with the braid, and mount it on my Dobyns Champion XP704. It just seemed right given the rods abilities, and matching coloration.  I added 2 clear brake tabs to the spool, and let her rip. Very impressed with the whole package, the next step was to tear it down and lube it my way. Though this reel is spotless, it's just something that has to be done so I am self satisfied that its 100%.

I am currently awaiting for my carbontex drag to come in before I put it back together, but for now I can admire to build quality...

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 09:04:22 PM »

That paired with a Dobyns Champ must be a thing of beauty.

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2019, 09:11:22 PM »

I see plastic bushings! Any bearing upgrades planned?
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 04:37:12 AM »

I see plastic bushings! Any bearing upgrades planned?
Oh but of course that crankshaft bushing is getting swapped for a bearing. Spool bearings are JDM Shimano, so a flush and oil is all that's getting.

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 08:25:39 AM »

Send it on over fer a test drive...... ;D
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2019, 09:06:36 AM »

Send it on over fer a test drive...... ;D

Wont hold enough 80lb braid for you.  lo
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 09:14:22 AM »

Wont hold enough 80lb braid for you.  lo

Can't yo mechanical self cut a hole in it?  ~roflmao
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 10:50:23 AM »

Can't yo mechanical self cut a hole in it?  ~roflmao

Then wed be right back in the Curado 200D.  lo Pay attention old man!  ~roflmao
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 01:40:07 PM »

Then wed be right back in the Curado 200D.  lo Pay attention old man!  ~roflmao

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2019, 06:20:09 PM »

Started to get the reel back together. Still waiting on the carbontex drag, but wanted to get a jump start. Added the crankshaft bearing since this reel is save from salt duty. Also left the metal plate that was mounted under the hood of the frame off. Dont know what its purpose was, but it added unneeded weight and corrosion ability. Flushed the stock spool bearings out as well.

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2019, 06:34:47 AM »

Not that it matters, but how much does it weigh?

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2019, 06:40:39 AM »

Not that it matters, but how much does it weigh?

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2019, 01:48:21 PM »

Nice job Matt as always! ~c~
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2019, 02:50:59 PM »

Another new toy for you to figure out, make better than new then sell for a profit?
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2019, 02:52:00 PM »

Another new toy for you to figure out, make better than new then sell for a profit?
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I dont think this one is getting sold, as rare as it is.

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2019, 05:19:06 PM »

Always hated that I sold all my D models. Not enough to score one from Ebay though.

I like the looks of the J model. Caught me off guard as I didn't know it was out there.
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2019, 07:44:53 PM »

I got the carbon drag today, and put the reel back together. Lubed the gears up, as well as the spool bearings and took it out back to do some casting. Man, this thing just amazes me that it's a D series. Since the reel is actually been made for salt water jigging, it's a well kept secret as far as casting since I haven't heard anything about them. Cant wait to get into some fish this weekend with it. Oh, and it looks amazing on my Dobyns Champion XP704.

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2019, 07:48:02 PM »

Wow. Gonna add cork knobbs?

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2019, 07:49:11 PM »

Wow. Gonna add cork knobbs?

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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2019, 07:06:11 AM »

10 oz.?  Man...it is doubtful you will be able to fish with it for more than an hour or so at that weight.  Need to send it to me.  Might as well include the rod since they go together so well.   lo

Yeah...I am being a bit sarcastic.  Seems like these days most people don't want a reel if it weighs over 6 oz.  Love the blue trim.  Be sure to let us know what you think of its casting abilities.
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Re: Shimano Curado 200J
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2019, 09:42:42 PM »

Took the reel out for a good spin today. Something stopped me before I left the house, and told me to pack my Scorpion just in case. It's a good thing I did, as this reel is a killer casting reel, and is loads of fun to fish with, but heavy and bulky to hold. So after a few hours of using it, I made a switch and put the Scorpion on to continue to fish that particular setup. It's a dang tank folks. Lol. Might be better off for pitching lighter baits to heavy cover.

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« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2019, 04:36:21 PM »

It's just too beautiful to use!  Might be better in my beef steak hands!  What a great lookin reel!
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« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2019, 05:13:43 PM »

It's just too beautiful to use!  Might be better in my beef steak hands!  What a great lookin reel!
You are more than welcome to try it anytime. Though, you may want to have it after wards. Lol

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« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2019, 05:35:22 PM »

Thanks buddy, but I'm more used to broken in, hard used, models.  Like my women these days!  Lol lo
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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2019, 05:58:27 PM »

Thanks buddy, but I'm more used to broken in, hard used, models.  Like my women these days!  Lol lo
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