REELS SPECIAL: Shimano Antares baitcasters
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Shimano has introduced its ‘flagship’ baitcasting reel series for anglers around the globe.
The Japanese-based fishing tackle giant has launched the Antares 100 and 100HG (left-hand retrieve ANT-101 and ANT-101HG also available) to North American anglers looking for a long distance casting tool. Designed for bass and other freshwater fishing techniques, it includes Shimano’s newest innovations, including the Micro Module gear system and SVS infinity brake system.
The four reel series includes the 100 and left-hand 101 models with a 5.6:1 gear ratio, retrieving in 26 inches of line per crank. “This is the ideal ratio to fish lures that keep constant tension on the line, such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits,” said Robby Gant, of Shimano’s product development team.
“To fish jigs and worms, soft plastic and Carolina rigs, anglers will want to turn to the Antares 100HG and 101H reels with a quick 7.4:1 gear ratio. They crank in nearly 34 inches of line per crank.”
The Micro Module gear system takes Shimano’s technology another step forward by reducing the size, while increasing the number of gear teeth on the pinion and drive gear. “While anglers know all about the smoothness of Shimano reels, the Antares models are at the next level, leading to exceptional casting distance, power and durability.”
Shimano’s SVS Infinity brake system – also found on the new Chronarch C14+ reels – controls spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. An external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either conditions or when you switch. Anglers will also experience the advantages of X-Ship technology. “This,” explains Gant: “is where the pinion gear is supported on both ends by bearings, leading to better gear durability and also helps to make long casts with light lures.”
Added features to the Antares baicasting reels include a ‘G Free Spool II’, a large diameter, ultra-lite magnesium spool and a cone shape level wind guide to reduce line friction. “Both these features combine to maximize casting distance and performance,” added Gant.
“Plus, we reduce overall weight even more with our ‘Super MG’ frame – the reason we stress that the Antares reels be used in freshwater only.” All four Antares reels have 10 S A-RB (anti-rust) ball bearings in strategic locations and a one-way roller bearing for no handle back play. They weigh in at 7.93 ounces and handle from 200 yards of 6 lb test mono to 120 yards of 10 lb test.
“Our new Antares reels are all about long-distance casting performance and the latest in baitcasting technology. We know there’s a group of avid bass anglers who want to fish with nothing but the best – and this is it from Shimano,” said Gant.
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