Shimano’s Curado has a rod for all bass fishing situations
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Shimano aims to cover pretty much every bass fishing situation with its new range of tournament-quality Curado rods.
The 21-strong series comprises 11 casting, five spinning and five cranking models encompassing a mix of versatile and technique-specific actions for the hard-core bass community.
The casting and spinning rods are built on light, sensitive high-modulus UD carbon blend and nano resin blanks, while the cranking rods have a high modulus carbon/glass blend with nano resin blanks. The premium feel is maintained by cork grips (full cork on the casting rods and split grip on the spinning rods), Fuji tangle-free Alconite guides and either rubberised Fuji PTS or VSS reel seats. The matt finish on the casting rods matches nicely with Shimano’s Curado K baitcasting reels.
The Curado casting rods include 6ft 10in models for jerkbait, top-water and spinnerbait fishing, along with a special ‘dock rod’ to skip jigs; 7ft 2in rods for jig and worm use; a 7ft 5in frog rod; 7ft 6in rods for small swimbaits and Carolina rigs; and an 8ft model for big swimbaits and magnum-size spoons.
For flipping and punching, there is a 7ft 6in Curado designed strictly for use with fluorocarbon, and a 7ft 7in rod especially for use with braided line.
When the situation calls for crankbaits, anglers have their choice of 7ft 2in, 7ft 4in, 7ft 6in, 7ft 8in and 8ft lengths for use with 5/16-ounce small cranks to two-ounce deep diving cranks.
On the spinning side – and matching up with reels like Shimano’s new Ultegra series – there are 6ft 10in Curado rods for dropshot and ShakyHead use, all-around 7ft 1in models, and a 7ft 4in rod for deep water smallmouth action, or to drag a Ned rig or big ShakyHeads for largemouth.
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