Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I first wrote about the Revo vs. Curado deal.

Since that time I have become the proud owner of the Shimano Curado E Series reel and have had time to test it on the water for several hours.

I’ll try to keep this as short and to the point as I can.

Basically, since returning the Revo SX to Dick’s Sporting Goods and exchanging it for the Curado E Series, I am a very happy camper 🙂

The Shimano Curado E Series reel is an awesome piece of fishing machinery. It casts effortlessly, with no trouble whatsoever with backlashes or near backlashes, and with very little effort on my part.

The reel is extra-light and easy to handle, with no real quirks that I could spot with the several hours of use that it got on my first trip out with it.

My honest opinion is that Abu Garcia needs to upgrade the braking system on the Revo reels to a centrifugal system, similar to what many other manufacturers are now using. It just seems to work better.

On the Shimano end of things, I do believe the Curado E Series is a great reel and is just about worth the price. The only thing I think it could offer for the $170 price tag is a couple more ball bearings.

I have noticed a bothersome trend with Shimano offering less and less bearings in their reels, as the prices have climbed higher and higher.

I’ll save this subject for another blog post somewhere down the road.

In the meantime, if you’re considering buying one of the new Curados, and you don’t mind spending $170, then go for it. I think you’ll be glad you did 🙂

Now, go bag a hawg!