18.5 Master Angler

Shimano Reels-Review of Calcutta 700


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Shimano says that they have eliminated the limitations of their reels with the new Calcutta Series reels.

Capt. Larry L. Fowler's clients will agree with that statement, myself included. The only limitations I have seen with these reels is the inability of the reel to set off an alarm when I get my thumb on the spool! The Calcutta 700 series has a smooth drag that does it's job well, when set and left alone. The trips I have been on with Capt. Larry have made me believe that a lesser quality reel just won't do the job on an "Extreme Snook". The Shimano Calcutta 700-700S series is his first choice in reels.

I personally enjoy very much the quality of the workmanship, the smoothness of the drag, and the balance of power/speed this reel has built in.

After my first trip with Capt. Larry L. Fowler, I was describing the reels to a friend, but I didn't know who made them. I said "They are really nice, gold, very smooth drag." He replied, "Calcutta, man, has to be. They are the BEST." I agree.

A 700S is now on my Christmas wish list.

Mike Lott
Calcuttta Reels


Model Number

Line/Capacity

Gear Ratio

Wt. (oz.)

Levelwind

Frame

Bearings

RIGHT HAND

CT-700S

17/420; 20/310; 25/240

4.7:1

18.3

No

Forged

2 BB, 1 RB

CT-700

17/420; 20/310; 25/240

4.7:1

19.0

Yes

Forged

2 BB, 1 RB

CT-400S

14/4260; 17/210; 20/160

4.7:1

10.6

No

Forged

2 BB, 1 RB

CT-400

14/260; 17/210; 20/160

4.7:1

11.3

Yes

Forged

2 BB, 1 RB



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