Shimano Curado 201DHSV Reel Review

Shimano Curado 200/201DHSV Reel Review

The Shimano Curado 200/201DHSV is an oldie, but goodie. Brian and I use left handed reels, therefore I own the 201 model of this reel. The Curado 200DHSV is the right handed version of the reel (I.e. if a Shimano model number has a 1 as the last digit in the sequence, it denotes a left-handed version of that model number).

It is a workhorse of a reel. It is a high ratio reel – 7.0:1. This reel is all about giving you speed, refinement, and power in equal, generous doses.

Shimano Curado 200DHSV (CU-200DHSV) Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 8/180, 10/155, 14/110
Gear Ratio 7.0:1
IPT 30 in.
Weight 9.8 oz.
Bearings 5+1RB
Additional Features Magnumlite spool, Super Free, HEG, VBS, Super Stopper, 1/4 Turn Easy Access Sideplate, Seption PV power grips, Dartainium drag, clicking drag
Origin Made in Japan
MSRP $199.99


The reel is very smooth, heavier and slightly larger than what most of you ‘bassmasters’ are used to, but still fits well in medium sized or larger hands – palming it is surprisingly easy, even when compared to my smaller reels. It’s got a great shape to it that conforms to my hand, feeling ‘smaller’ than it actually is. It casts very well, but it isn’t necessarily a distance champ. It is happiest flinging heavier baits – E.g. 1/2 ounce or greater. The heavier the bait, the better, but it can handle lighter baits if you are careful. It has a great drag and can handle larger fish with ease. Trophy class Large Mouth Bass are no match for this reel. It will subdue them every time. It could probably be used for lighter inshore fishing duty, or striper fishing, although I’ve not personally used this model for those applications. I do know that this reel is fairly sought after on the used market, and there are a growing number of anglers that swear by this reel for catching Peacock Bass. If you are patient and quick on the draw, you can find these reels in the used marketplace for anywhere from $130-180 dollars, plus or minus shipping costs. For example, Brian and I own 5 of these reels between the two of us.

Best Uses:

I’ve used the three I own primarily for throwing medium to large swimbaits (Skinny Dippers and larger), frogs, heavy jigs, and other large top-water baits.

Bottom Line:

There are plenty of glowing reviews out there for this reel. It has been a known quantity for many years now. The reel design is a highly refined ‘tank’ of a reel that should last even a power user many years with basic maintenance/service. If you come across a used one for sale, buy it! You won’t regret having this refined beast of a reel in your bass fishing arsenal.

Reference Material:

Instruction Guide

TackleTour Review

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