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    Shimano Digitally Controlled Reels
from BASSNBOB #18956  
4/30/2012 8:09:34 AM

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 Looking for some feedback on Shimano's digitally controlled reels, either the Calais or Calcutta. Is the DC technology really worth the extra money? Will I notice a casting ease/distance difference, particularly for pitching applications?


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   Uhhhh ... NO! from Fisherboy #10852 #10852  4/30/2012 8:45:19 AM
 
It "seems" to help when casting into heavy wind, but that's about it. After several fishing days fishing with one. I was not convinced enough to make the purchase.


   no no no from MikeF  4/30/2012 9:26:39 AM
 There is nothing those reels can do that a trained monkey couldn't learn. Unless your thumb is impaired they're a waste of money.


BTW I was NOT comparing you to a trained monkey.


   Yup, Mike. from Ppen  4/30/2012 9:45:59 AM
 That's what I have. IMPAIRED THUMB disease. LOL


And here I thought I only had a bad circuit from my eyes to my brain to my thumb.



   lots of settings from Lake Fork Tackle Repair  4/30/2012 9:57:20 AM
 for various applications. The shimano rep gave us instructions on how to operate the reel and learn all the settings. Personally, I guess i not so dedicated that I want to take the time to set up, if I had one, I would probably pick one application and use the reel for that specific application.But, again, anglers like them and if you got the deep pockets, go for it. We like to recommend to try one and if you don't like it, sell it, cause there's anglers who will take off yourhands. The reels are made well and top of the line for sure, I am just getting lazy in my old age.

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   Will I notice an advantage for pitching? from BASSNBOB #18956  4/30/2012 10:30:12 AM
 Will I notice an advantage for pitching applications, say pitches of 25 feet or less?


   No from Fisherboy #10852 #10852  4/30/2012 10:49:01 AM
  No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and


NO!


Otherwise, they do have a very smooth retrieve.


   Fisherboy..... from BASSNBOB #18956  4/30/2012 10:52:51 AM
 I am currently using a Shimano CTE101 GT for pitching. I have upgrade the reel with hybrid ceramic bearings. I was looking at the comparable DC model and was wondering if I would really see a performance improvement over my current non-DC reel. Uh...if I understand you correctly, the answer is nnnnnnoooooooooo? :)


   I was thinking about one too Bob but only for skipping docks. from Wackoman  4/30/2012 11:36:14 AM
 
I skip with a curado now and do pretty good but I though if I could get more distance with less over run a digital might be worth it.


I think I would like to try one. I don't think they make them in left hand retreive though.


   fisherboy- is that a "no?" from Lake Fork Tackle Repair  4/30/2012 12:22:10 PM
 n/m

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   I'm so missunderstood from Fisherboy #10852 #10852  4/30/2012 12:35:34 PM
 
Except for this time.


Seriously, I fished the hell out of both models, and I wouldn't buy one at 50 percent off. Mike's right, time used to practice with your thumb is a better way to go.


Skipping with a bait caster is probably one of the hardest things I've tried in fishing. I learned two things:


1) If time and money is on the line, using a spinning rod. I'm a master at that.


2) Buy a cheap Spincast reel


I built a small 4-foot pistol grip rod to fish a specific dock when there was less than a foot of space between the water and the dock. The sweet spot is about 20 feet back. With an old Johnson, I can pull the bait back with one hand, load the rod and then let it fly under the dock.


It's not much use for anything else, but for that dock and anything similar, it can't be beat and no one else can get to those fish --- not even the flying lure.


Go to Wally world and pick of a kiddie rod (cartoon character of your choice) and a cheap Zebco and have fun.


   agree agree agree agree from MikeF  4/30/2012 1:34:39 PM
 Of course I agree with what I said. LOL But I also agree with Fisherboy. Skipping is soooo much easier with spinning tackle. Why make things harder than necessary. You can cut a 2X4 with a kitchen knife but the right tool makes it soooo much easier.


   Shimnao DC Reels from fishsmart #10374 #10374  5/1/2012 9:28:29 AM
 I use Calcutta 250DC reels with 20 lb braid and benefit with increased casting distances into and with the wind while using settings on the reel. The reel is setup so you get higher spool rpms at the beginning of the cast without causing a backlash.


Charles



   Fishsmart....For Pitching? from BASSNBOB #18956  5/1/2012 11:40:43 AM
 Your report suggests that I may benefit from DC technology when long casts or windy conditions exit. Would you recommend DC technology for short casts or pitching?


   Final suggestion from Fisherboy #10852 #10852  5/1/2012 4:10:39 PM
 If you need the nudge to buy one, here it is: Go buy yourself a Calais or Calcutta and fish it. If the DC thing doesn't work out for you, you'll still have one of the smoothest retrieving reels on the planet.


I'll stick with my trusty Zillion for pitching.


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