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Bretts_daddy

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If you had to choose between these two reels which would you pick and why? The price difference is only $10 so that makes price a non-factor in the decision. Thanks!
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If i'm not mistaken, the curado K is a 200 size reel, and the slx is a 150. If that maters, your decision is easy. If not, you need to decide if DC technology is something you would want. I own a couple of curado DC's and really like them. 

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I do have a Curado DC too and really like it...just not sure in this case if I prefer the extra line and power of the K or the dc tech in the slx.
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IMO you're comparing apples to 2x4's

The DC technology makes these reels completely different.

The Curado K even when the casting brakes are all on, still requires a decent thumb to control. If you are using heavy baits, the Curado K has an amazing free spin and will get away from you quickly. If using light baits, the Curado K works magic with little effort.

Now to the DC, folks that like them LOVE them, folks like me that don't like them, HATE them. The automatic spool control does a great job at controlling backlash. However, if you've never fished one, I'll try to explain why I don't like them...

If I want to make a long cast, one that you'd normally put a lot of zip on to get your bait out there (you seen schooling fish just out of reach but are going to try anyway), the spool control determines that the spool is spinning very fast and starts breaking it, the harder you cast the quicker and harder the braking takes effect. All this means you can't cast as far because the computer is telling the spool the angler screwed up and it needs to fix it before backlash.

Then the opposite can happen. Say you are close to a tree and want to just do an easy side arm up under a tree limp. Well because there is no quick spool movement, the computer doesn't react and the bait over shoots the target and makes a large splash down because there was so much line, even a thumb on the spool can't slow it down.

Fishing a DC is confusing to me. That said, this is just my experience and opinion, their are millions sold to anglers that LOVE them.

Between the two, I'd keep looking and find a Curado 70  ~shade

I have several SLX reels that I'm trying to destroy. However they are a hundred dollar reel that is taking a beating and doing very well. Don't know if that helps...
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IMO you're comparing apples to 2x4's

The DC technology makes these reels completely different.

The Curado K even when the casting brakes are all on, still requires a decent thumb to control. If you are using heavy baits, the Curado K has an amazing free spin and will get away from you quickly. If using light baits, the Curado K works magic with little effort.

Now to the DC, folks that like them LOVE them, folks like me that don't like them, HATE them. The automatic spool control does a great job at controlling backlash. However, if you've never fished one, I'll try to explain why I don't like them...

If I want to make a long cast, one that you'd normally put a lot of zip on to get your bait out there (you seen schooling fish just out of reach but are going to try anyway), the spool control determines that the spool is spinning very fast and starts breaking it, the harder you cast the quicker and harder the braking takes effect. All this means you can't cast as far because the computer is telling the spool the angler screwed up and it needs to fix it before backlash.

Then the opposite can happen. Say you are close to a tree and want to just do an easy side arm up under a tree limp. Well because there is no quick spool movement, the computer doesn't react and the bait over shoots the target and makes a large splash down because there was so much line, even a thumb on the spool can't slow it down.

Fishing a DC is confusing to me. That said, this is just my experience and opinion, their are millions sold to anglers that LOVE them.

Between the two, I'd keep looking and find a Curado 70  ~shade

I have several SLX reels that I'm trying to destroy. However they are a hundred dollar reel that is taking a beating and doing very well. Don't know if that helps...
I have a couple of SLX reels too (the standard ones) and they are a very solid reel! I'm looking to replace a Curado 200i so I'm waffling between the SLX DC, SLX MGL and the Curado K. It's hard to find those Curado 70's anymore since they've been discontinued in favor of the Curado MGL which is a tad out of my price range at the moment. This reel would mostly be used for T-rigs, big worms, shaky heads etc. I'm also wondering whichever reel i get what ratio should I go for...the 7.4:1 or the 8.5:1?
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IMO you're comparing apples to 2x4's

The DC technology makes these reels completely different.

The Curado K even when the casting brakes are all on, still requires a decent thumb to control. If you are using heavy baits, the Curado K has an amazing free spin and will get away from you quickly. If using light baits, the Curado K works magic with little effort.

Now to the DC, folks that like them LOVE them, folks like me that don't like them, HATE them. The automatic spool control does a great job at controlling backlash. However, if you've never fished one, I'll try to explain why I don't like them...

If I want to make a long cast, one that you'd normally put a lot of zip on to get your bait out there (you seen schooling fish just out of reach but are going to try anyway), the spool control determines that the spool is spinning very fast and starts breaking it, the harder you cast the quicker and harder the braking takes effect. All this means you can't cast as far because the computer is telling the spool the angler screwed up and it needs to fix it before backlash.

Then the opposite can happen. Say you are close to a tree and want to just do an easy side arm up under a tree limp. Well because there is no quick spool movement, the computer doesn't react and the bait over shoots the target and makes a large splash down because there was so much line, even a thumb on the spool can't slow it down.

Fishing a DC is confusing to me. That said, this is just my experience and opinion, their are millions sold to anglers that LOVE them.

Between the two, I'd keep looking and find a Curado 70  ~shade

I have several SLX reels that I'm trying to destroy. However they are a hundred dollar reel that is taking a beating and doing very well. Don't know if that helps...
I have a couple of SLX reels too (the standard ones) and they are a very solid reel! I'm looking to replace a Curado 200i so I'm waffling between the SLX DC, SLX MGL and the Curado K. It's hard to find those Curado 70's anymore since they've been discontinued in favor of the Curado MGL which is a tad out of my price range at the moment. This reel would mostly be used for T-rigs, big worms, shaky heads etc. I'm also wondering whichever reel i get what ratio should I go for...the 7.4:1 or the 8.5:1?

Not highjacking the thread, but Bretts_Daddy brings up some great information for the OP. These baits would be well suited with the SLX MGL. It gives you the better braking system IMO and I'm a speed freak. If I'm not fishing a crank bait or slow rolling a spinnerbait, I'm an 8.5:1 guy.
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IMO you're comparing apples to 2x4's

The DC technology makes these reels completely different.

The Curado K even when the casting brakes are all on, still requires a decent thumb to control. If you are using heavy baits, the Curado K has an amazing free spin and will get away from you quickly. If using light baits, the Curado K works magic with little effort.

Now to the DC, folks that like them LOVE them, folks like me that don't like them, HATE them. The automatic spool control does a great job at controlling backlash. However, if you've never fished one, I'll try to explain why I don't like them...

If I want to make a long cast, one that you'd normally put a lot of zip on to get your bait out there (you seen schooling fish just out of reach but are going to try anyway), the spool control determines that the spool is spinning very fast and starts breaking it, the harder you cast the quicker and harder the braking takes effect. All this means you can't cast as far because the computer is telling the spool the angler screwed up and it needs to fix it before backlash.

Then the opposite can happen. Say you are close to a tree and want to just do an easy side arm up under a tree limp. Well because there is no quick spool movement, the computer doesn't react and the bait over shoots the target and makes a large splash down because there was so much line, even a thumb on the spool can't slow it down.

Fishing a DC is confusing to me. That said, this is just my experience and opinion, their are millions sold to anglers that LOVE them.

Between the two, I'd keep looking and find a Curado 70  ~shade

I have several SLX reels that I'm trying to destroy. However they are a hundred dollar reel that is taking a beating and doing very well. Don't know if that helps...
I have a couple of SLX reels too (the standard ones) and they are a very solid reel! I'm looking to replace a Curado 200i so I'm waffling between the SLX DC, SLX MGL and the Curado K. It's hard to find those Curado 70's anymore since they've been discontinued in favor of the Curado MGL which is a tad out of my price range at the moment. This reel would mostly be used for T-rigs, big worms, shaky heads etc. I'm also wondering whichever reel i get what ratio should I go for...the 7.4:1 or the 8.5:1?

Not highjacking the thread, but Bretts_Daddy brings up some great information for the OP. These baits would be well suited with the SLX MGL. It gives you the better braking system IMO and I'm a speed freak. If I'm not fishing a crank bait or slow rolling a spinnerbait, I'm an 8.5:1 guy.
So your vote is for the SLX MGL in the 8.2:1 ratio...what rod should this be going on? The reel it would be replacing is on my Dobyn's Fury 734C.
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Yes, out of everything talked about in this thread so far, Curado K, SLX DC, SLX MGL, (70 has to be bought used likely), the SLX MGL in a 8:1 ratio would be my favorite choice for most any application.

No for the rod, we need to move to the rod board and keep this a reel thread, but quickly if you must fish all those baits on the same rod, the four power is the best choice. I'd step up to a Sierra or Champion series for the feel though.
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