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New Shimano Metanium Baitcasters built for all-day action

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The new Metanium Baitcasting reel series from Shimano.

Shimano’s new Metanium Baitcasting reel series has been built light for all day fishing comfort and boasts performance features that allows them to effectively fish all types of techniques.

The company says that it provides North American anglers with one of its lightest casting reels in three different gear ratios.

The series includes six models:

  • 100 and 101 (left-hand retrieve) in 6.2:1 gear ratios to reel in 26 inches of line per crank;
  • 100HG and 101HG reels in 31 inches of line per crank with 7.4:1 gear ratios;
  • 100XG and 101XG with ‘super’ fast 8.5:1 gear ratios and 36 inches of line per crank.

As well as being light – 6oz for the 100, 101, 100HG and 101HG and 6.2oz for the 100XG and 101XG – anglers are also introduced to the Shimano Micro Module Gear System.

“This new gear set makes use of smaller teeth – and more of them – to provide more contact points between the drive gear and pinion gear,” said Robby Gant, of the Shimano Product Development Team. “And while anglers around the world know that our reels are smooth, it takes this smoothness to another level.”

Also featured on the Metanium reels – and on the new Antares and Chronarch C14+ reels – is Shimano’s SVS Infinity Brake System. Anglers can control the spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. An external knob can quickly make adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch.

Anglers also get the advantage of X-Ship technology. “This is where we support the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, leading to better gear durability as well as helping make long casts with light lures,” added Gant.

“To keep it all light we made the frame with our ‘Super MG’ magnesium material and also use it on the side of the plate, while on the other side we keep things light and add durability by using our C14+ material.”

All six Metanium reels have 9 S A-RB (anti-rust) ball bearings in strategic locations and a one-way roller bearing for no handle play-back. The reels can accommodate from 200 yards of 6 lb test mono to 120 yards of 10 lb test.

”It’s about being versatile when it comes to the Metanium reels,” continued Gant. “Not only do we offer anglers extremely light and exceptionally smooth reels, but you also have choices in gear ratios so that you have the optimum reel speed for the fishing techniques you use most.”


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