All you need is this! 6 Recommended Shimano Lures for Bass Fishing

This article is based on a Japanese article and has been machine translated.

Among the many types of lure fishing, bass fishing is one of the most popular and enjoyed by many people.Although there are countless lures for bass fishing, there are not many that you need as a minimum.

In this article, I’ll explain what lures you should buy if you’re just starting out in bass fishing! And I’ll also introduce 6 Shimano bass fishing lures that you can be sure to have.

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Targeting big fish! Six large spinning reels from Shimano and Daiwa

This article is based on a Japanese article and has been machine translated.

Large fish such as GT, tuna and yellowtail are the fish that every angler dreams of catching.

In order to catch these fish, it is essential to have a durable reel that can withstand the power of the fish, and the stronger the reel, the better your chances of catching them.

In this article, we will explain how to choose a reel that is durable enough to fight with large fish without worry, and introduce some recommended large reels.
If you want to try your hand at catching big fish such as GT and tuna, please refer to this article.

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Recommended for beginners! The 6 Latest Electric Reels

This article is based on a Japanese article and has been machine translated.

When you are fishing from a boat, you often have to go to depths of almost 100 meters to catch fish, and it is quite difficult to reel in the trap from such a deep place.

This is where electric reels come in handy, as they use the power of electricity to wind up the hook.

Electric reels are now an indispensable item in boat fishing, and it is recommended that beginners who are just starting out purchase an electric reel.
In this article, we’ll show you how to choose an electric reel that you won’t regret, as well as the latest electric reels that we recommend for beginners.
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[Shimano] 6 Recommended Spinning Reels for Beginners! Introducing the Shimano reels that are perfect for your first one

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In fishing, one of the most important and essential items is the reel, as important as the fishing rod.

Spinning reels in particular are recommended for those who are just starting to fish, and many companies sell a wide variety of reels.

In this article, we will focus on Shimano reels, which are among the most popular among the many fishing tackle manufacturers.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how to choose your first reel without regretting it, as well as 6 of the best Shimano reels for beginners.

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Recommend Shimano Baitcasting reel Metanium

Shimano’s reel series “Metanium” continuing from 1992. Do you know how much reel named Metanium has been released so far? Those who started Bass fishing may have heard names such as “Metanium DC” and “Metanium MGL” once. Metanium is a reel series trusted by anglers for that long and gained high support. This time we will introduce theMetanium series!


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What is Metanium?

Metanium was a Shimano reel series that began with ‘Bantam Scorpion Metanium XT’ which was released from Shimano in 1992. It has been loved by many anglers as a top model of Baitcasting reel that used Shimano’s abundant technology from that time. This time we will introduce the Shimano Metanium series which was named Metanium series.

16 Metanium MGL

Metanium MGL released in 2016. MGL = Magnum light spool has been subjected to lightening processing such as “blanking” on the side of the spool. Since the location far from the axis of rotation has been reduced in weight, the flight distance of the lightweight lure is improved compared to conventional spools. X-SHIP, micro module gear is adopted and finished in a smooth winding feel.

New Magnum light spool


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New SVS Infinity

While “New SVS Infinity” is a centrifugal brake, it achieves a brake adjustment range that can handle most situations only by adjusting the external dial. Adjustment of the internal brake shoes is not necessary if 4 brake shoes are turned on during casting. When finer setting is required, fine adjustment with internal brake shoe is possible. (The four brake shoes are on when shipped.) The durability has also improved greatly.


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Shimano 16 Metanium MGL Right


$299.09 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano 16 Metanium MGL Left


$299.09 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

15 Metanium DC

15 Metanium DC launched in 2015. I-DC5 is carried and boasts stable casting performance. X-SHIP, micro module gear is adopted and finished in a smooth winding feel.


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I-DC5

In addition to the 3-mode internal dial, the I-DC 5 can easily set the brake by selecting four semi-automatic & one step auto according to the lure weight with the external dial. AUTO covers up to the middle of volumes 2 to 4 of semiauto.

  1. A position suitable for a heavy lure with low air resistance such as large vibration and jig, 0.5 to 1.0 oz.
  2. Position corresponding to a wide weight of 0.3 to 0.7 oz, such as medium size vibration and spinner bait.
  3. A position that matches a lure of 0.3 to 0.4 oz with large air resistance such as minnow or shallow crank.
  4. Position that you can cast no-sinker worms and small shads, 0.2 – 0.3 oz lightweight lure without stress.

AUTO. Wide position to cover up to the middle of volumes 2 to 4.


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Metanium DC lineup

The gear ratios are 3 types: 6.2 (normal gear), 7.4 (high gear), 8.5 (extra high gear). It is active in various scenes such as warming which needs early collection. (Extra high gear has long handle length of 48 mm)

Shimano 15 Metanium DC (gear ratio 6.2)

Normal gear type. It is the optimum gear ratio for spinner bait, crank bait etc.


$448.00 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano 15 Metanium DC HG (gear ratio 7.4)

High gear gear type. It is perfect for warming such as Texas rig. Of course, can also use it with crank or minnow.


$448.00 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano 15 Metanium DC XG (gear ratio 8.5)

Extra high gear type. It is suitable for fishing which needs early collection such as warming and pitching. Because it can be used with Saltwater, it will also be suitable for light jigging etc. using metal jig.


$448.00 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

Comparison with 16 Metanium MGL

Although the spool diameter of Metanium DC and MGL is the same 1.3in, MGL is equipped with a lightweight magnum light spool, which is characterized by a good feeling of light cast lure. Therefore, if you mainly use the lure below 0.3 oz, the meta-MGL will have a more stable flying distance. However, because MGL does not have DC installed, 15 Metanium DC is recommended if you want to achieve a stable flight distance in overhead wind at 0.3 oz or more.

Comparison with Antares DC

Antares DC’s spool is 1.5 in, Metanium DC is 1.3 in, and Antares DC is superior in long cast performance of heavier lure. As a rule of thumb, people who use the lure below 0.6 oz at the main should recommend Antares DC if you would like to long cast Metanium DC, 0.6 oz or more.

Click here for the article on Antares DC

The Metanium is Versatile reel

Metanium is a perfect versatile reel to handle medium-grade lures. One tackle works well enough. Please try Shimano reliable reel series “Metanium” once by all means!

Recommend Daiwa Spinning reel Theory

Daiwa’s Theory is a middle range price reel with performance comparable to that of a high-end model. It is very similar to the higher model Luvias, but how is it different? This time I will explain about Theory which has been drawing attention from many professional anglers.

Daiwa Theory is a high cost performance reel

Daiwa Theory is a Spinning reel that incorporates technologies such as Mag sealed, ZAION, ATD, etc. which are adopted for high-end reels while price range of US $ 200 units. Compared with Exist which is the top model of Daiwa, it is lighter in weight and pricing lower than US $ 300. For those seeking a reel with excellent cost performance it is a must-see reel!

What is the difference Luvias and Theory?

Luvias and Theory are the same price range, but Luvias is the top model. We compared differences such as the weight and number of bearings.

Luvias article is here

Difference in weight of reel

When comparing the weight of the reel the Theory is lightweight about 0.5 oz when compared with the reel of the same size. Luvias is slightly heavier because of its high body rigidity.

Difference in bearing quantity


The quantity of the bearing is Luvias one rotor of 8 balls, Theory is one rotor of seven balls. The quantity of Luvias bearings is slightly higher.

Body color difference

Body color Luvias unifies the spool and body with silver color. Theory uses gold color for spool and some parts.

Daiwa Theory lineup

Daiwa Theory has a wide lineup ranging from small 2000 series to 4000 series. Please choose the size according to your own phishing style.

Daiwa 17 Theory 2004

Ideal for Trout, Bass, Salt light lure game etc. Because it corresponds to Saltwater, it can be used in a wide field.

$207.27 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 2004H

Ideal for Freshwater lure fishing, Light lure game at Saltwater. Recommended for those who are accustomed to reels with high gear specifications.

$207.27 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 2506

Freshwater, Saltwater, versatile field that can be used in a wide field 2506. Recommended for those who do a wide range of fishing.

$210.67 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 2506H

2506H can be used in a wide range of fishing including Bass, Light salt lure, Shore fishing. It is a recommended reel to those who are looking for high gear specifications.

$210.67 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 2508PE-H

Recommended for anglers who mainly use PE line (Braided line) such as Egging(Squid jig fishing), Seabass etc.

$210.67 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 2508PE-DH

2508 PE-DH is double handle specification active in Egging (Squid jig fishing). For those who normally use double handles, 2508 PE-DH is recommended.

$231.07 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 2510PE-H

It is lightweight at 6.7oz and it boasts a line winding amount of 3000 size class 2510 PE-H. Recommended for Seabass and Light shore jigging.

$210.67 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 3500PE-H

Theory 3500 adopts DS5 air rotor. Recommended for lure games aimed at large fish.

$251.44 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 4000

Theory 4000 is recommended for lure games at surf. It can also be aim for Yellow tail fish in Shore jigging.

$251.44 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 17 Theory 4000H

4000 Theory of high gear specification. It is ideal for fishing aimed at large powerful fish such as Surf Seabass.

$251.44 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Comfortable fishing with Theory!

Daiwa Theory is packed with Daiwa Technology which is not inferior to the top model. As cost performance is excellent, you can also purchase rods with surplus budget!

Recommend Daiwa Baitcasting reel New Zillion TW HD

Zillion SV TW that appeared in 2015 raised the durability of possession, a further heavy duty model achieved brush-up! The size is 1520.
In addition to the previous series, 1520-CC was newly added. With a 36 Φ spool with 20 lb, 3.3 ft of extra line capacity, a 4-inch handle is mounted to completely control the power game.


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Daiwa Zillion Other series here

Characteristics of New Zillion TW HD 1520-CC

Equipped with G1 duralumin 36 Φ spool. Aluminum reinforced housing further enhances the rigidity feeling, leading directly to smooth rotation performance and stability during fighting.

The handle is 4 inches. By extending Zirion SV TW 1516 from 3.5 inches to 0.5 inches, we can make even more powerful winding possible.

TWS (T-wing system)

Tshape levelwind turns back and forth half turn according to clutch ON/OFF. During casting, the levelwind rotates forward, and the line is smoothly discharged through the wide part of the Tshape levelwind. At the time of retrieving, the levelwind turns half way in the form of falling in the backward direction, the line is guided in the groove of the lower levelwind, and it is wound tightly and in parallel. Daiwa unique level winding system that combines line emission performance and trouble free.

Zillion TW HD 1520-CC

CC stands for Crazy Clanker. As its code name indicates, the best style for 5.5 gears is crankbait. Powerful low gear has the comfort of easy winding even with deep crank or Magnum crank with high resistance.

Gear ratio: 5.5
Winding length: 2.0ft
Weight: 8.1oz
Maximum drag force: 15lb
Braided line: 20lb – 755ft
Fluorocarbon line: 20lb – 328ft
Bearing/Ball: 10/1

Daiwa Zillon TW HD 1520-CC (Left Handle)

(Image is right handle)

$361.24 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa Zillon TW HD 1520-CC (Right Handle)


$361.24 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Let’s enjoy fishing with Zillion!

The Zillion series is a reel with performance comparable to that of Daiwa’s high-end model. With the addition of low gear 1520-CC, it became increasingly fulfilling lineup. With a rich gear ratio lineup, even a plurality of tackles can have a sense of unity. Zillion is a recommended reel, even if you are replacing the reel or being challenged for Baitcasting reel for the first time.

Recommend Shimano Baitcasting reel Calcutta Conquest

Calcutta Conquest boasts popularity immovable with round reels. Popular high gear model and bait finesse model also appeared and it became an attractive reel that can deal with various fishing. This time will introduce the whole series of Calcutta Conquest!

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What is Calcutta Conquest?

Calcutta Conquest is a high end model of the round reel released from Shimano and is a popular item with many enthusiasts. Originally it was only a low gear model, but with the diversification of fishing methods, we have increased lineups including various sizes and high gear models. Calcutta Conquest is also called the best masterpiece of round reel packed with Shimano’s technology, such as the micro module gear of the drive system in which the small precision gear closely meshes, and the latest brake and gear system.

External brake adjustment dial

By adopting a new shape brake shoe & brake pipe, it was now possible to perform brake adjustment with an external dial which needed to open the flap of the body side until now. It is also possible to fine-tune each pit while maintaining the parming (excluding 300, 301, 400 and 401)

Micro module gear

Top image: Shimano conventional product
Lower image: Micro module gear

The micro module gear is a new mechanism that reduces the teeth of the pinion & main gear, giving the number of teeth about twice as much as the conventional one. Densely meshing the teeth densely, the strength was improved, and with smooth power transmission succeeded in suppressing the gear noise to less than half of the conventional value (numerical value is Shimano ratio).

Calcutta Conquest lineup

Calcutta Conquest 100/101/200/201


Sticking gear ratio, high rigidity and smooth winding feel.

100/100 HG is recommended for Black Bass

It is the smallest model among the series without electronic control (digital control) brakes. It is suitable for Bass fishing using crankbait, spinnerbait, vibrations and so on.

Shimano Calcutta Conquest 101 HG Left Handle


$425.10 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

200/200 HG is recommended for Big Bait and Saltwater

The best model for big bait, deep crank, top water and so on. The high versatility that can be used for various fishing such as Bass, Snakehead and Seabass is popular.

Shimano Calcutta Conquest 201 HG Left Handle


$441.15 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

CALCUTTA CONQUEST 300/301/400/401


Expand fishing advantageously with stable casting precision

300/301 is recommended for Snakehead and light jigging

For those who need power fishing such as snakehead fishing and light jigging at Saltwater, we recommend a larger 300 models. The rigidity is also very high, making power fishing comfortable. The smoothness and flight distance of the winding feel is never lost even if it is a large size.

Shimano Calcutta Conquest 300 Right Handle


$461.76 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano Calcutta Conquest 301 Leftt Handle

(The image is the right handle)

$461.76 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

400/401 is recommended for large targets

It is the largest size in the Calcutta Conquest. The winding length per handle is 76 cm (2.8 ft), the maximum drag force is 7.0 kg (15 lb) and it is extremely powerful use. Big bass, Snakehead, Yellow tail fish aiming at jigging, big fish of the open ocean, demonstrates excellent performance.

Shimano Calcutta Conquest 400 Right Handle

(The image is the 300)

$470.39 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano Calcutta Conquest 401 Left Handle

(The image is the 300 Right Handle)

$470.39 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Calcutta Conquest BFS HG

Calcutta Conquest BFS is the first round finesse reel equipped with a finesse tune brake system that eliminates the brake unit attached to the spool and directly applies the brake to the spool structure. Bass and mountain stream bait finesse are also supported. It also supports Saltwater, so it can be used for a wide range of lightphishing.

Shimano 17 Calcutta Conquest BFS HG (Right Handle)


$420.44 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Fishing with Calcutta Conquest is blissful moment.

Recently, various models have appeared, and the popularity further increases sharply, Calcutta Conquest. Although it is not a cheap price at all, it is the best masterpiece reel that will support your fishing more than the price and will satisfy you. If you have not used it yet, please try to get the real thing by all means and realize its wonderfulness.

Recommend Shimano Baitcasting reel Bantam MGL

Shimano’s Baitcasting reel “Bantam MGL” which had long been a topic in SNS and media. It was first introduced at the 2018 Japan Fishing Show. This time I will explain about Bantam MGL.


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New Bantam revived to the present age after 40 years since the appearance of the historical name machine “Bantam 100”. By adopting a core solid body integrally molded with level wind protector and side plate, main frame, we banished Rattling at the time of paring. It realized high rigidity to draw a line from the conventional rope robe.

Aluminum forging the dial case that supports the spool, proprietary structure to expose from the side of the body to compact and transfer vibration directly to the palmmed palm. It also contributes to high sensitivity.


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Characteristics of Bantam MGL

Integrated aluminum frame

The body which can be said to be the most characteristic of Bantam MGL. Beautiful seamless integral molding draws attention. It also plays an important role in providing a comfortable winding feel.

Equipped with MGL spool

“MGL spool” is the latest spool that Shimano boasts. Bantam MGL is equipped with a deep groove type 150th spool. It corresponds to the heavy line that makes use of a tough body. The height of turning power which fly with light force is supported by many anglers. Line capacity of 16lb – 328 ft has plenty of support for strong fishing styles.

New SVS Infinity

While NEW SVS ∞ (Infinity) is a centrifugal brake, it realizes a brake adjustment range that can handle most situations only by adjusting the external dial. If you turn on 4 brake shoes, internal adjustment is basically unnecessary. Braking force adjustment is available for most situations with external dial only.

Low profile & compact but high rigidity

The sense of security provided by integral aluminum molding can be said to be the true point of Shimano. Items pursuing rigidity and winding feel with a rope reel on the current reel have less unique presence.

The side plate on the side opposite to the handle is also integrated to realize a high rigidity by reducing the number of parts and the compact body that is easier to palm. It also plays a role in improving the sensitivity because the hand touches the dial case which also has the role of bearing.

Lineup of Bantam MGL

Shimano 18 Bantam MGL PG5.5

Gear ratio 5.5, Power gear specification

$306.55 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano 18 Bantam MGL 6.2

Gear ratio 5.5, Standard type

$306.45 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano 18 Bantam MGL HG7.1

Gear ratio 7.1, High gear specification

$306.55 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Shimano 18 Bantam MGL XG8.1

Gear ratio 8.1, Extra high gear specification

$306.55 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

Bantam’s rod is the best match for Bantam’s reel!


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The rod of the Bantam series released in 2016 is a world-class flagship model. It is now possible to select rods according to your style from 3 series of “Versatile”, “Jig & Worm”, “Fast Moving & Big Bait”. I picked up the model of attention!

Shimano Bantam 172MH Baitcasting

Baitcasting rod that can make use of warming and jig technique. Delicate tip combines casting precision and good tracking ability at bait.


$429.67 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

Shimano Bantam 180XXH-SB Baitcasting

Special rod for big bait to win a monster!
Rod that was born to obtain a monster-sized Bass by long casting a big big bait of 3.5 to 11 oz class.


$467.03 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

Shimano Bantam 267ML spinning

Bantam 267ML which corresponded widely from slow fishing to fast fishing with small plug. A guide corresponding to the PE line is mounted and long cast is possible.


$420.32 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

Shimano Bantam 264UL spinning

Finesse rod which enables various directing of various lures.
“UL+” is a special spec that added a bat power corresponding to Big bass to a delicate tip that accurately manipulates a light finesse rig of weight.


$401.64 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

 

Let’s test the power of Shantano Bantam!


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Shimano Bantam is a brand that I’d like to recommend to those who are seeking “tackles that can be used for 10 or 20 years” as it is in their development theme. Please check it with your hands!

Recommend Daiwa Spining reel New Caldia LT

Daiwa’s popular Spinning reel “Caldia” which had been a hot topic on SNS and media before. It was released after four years from 14 Caldia with a model change. Here we introduce the newly adopted technologies of remarkable attention.

Caldia which has been reigning as the core of compact spinning reels for many years.

By the new small spinning reel “LT”, its lightness is to a new dimension. Durability is supported by long term use and harsh environments by installing Tough Digi gear in addition to Mag shield. Realized the ideal shape of a compact spinning reel that is light and strong.

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Daiwa adopts the latest “LT concept”

The LT concept is an acronym for the concept of “LIGHT· TOUGH” to be launched by Daiwa. Weight reduction of the body, spool and handle has been aimed at, and it is regarded as a new standard that evolved the body material into a more tough one.

18 Caldia is a reel that not only has lightness but also toughness by adopting the LT concept.

▼ For the LT concept, please see here.

Article on the LT concept

“18 Caldia” realized further weight saving

18 Caldia has succeeded in lighter weight of 1 oz than the previous model by reviewing the body, handle, spool. In addition, since the center of gravity is a hip part, light operability is realized.

Adopted a new spool “LC-ABS”

“LC-ABS” stands for long cast ABS spool. We evolved into a thin aluminum spool and realized weight saving by reviewing the shape of the front of the spool. Compared with conventional spools, attractive performance is adopted, “Travel distance increases by about 5% + Line trouble is reduced by 10%”.

Until now, fishing with a hard Fluorocarbon line was mainstream, and the reel of a large caliber spool was a standard to reduce line troubles. However, by adopting a long cast ABS spool, even if the caliber of the spool was made small, it became troubleless, and we could further lighter weight.

18 Caldia’s lineup and gear ratio

Eleven models of 18 lineup of Caldia. I summarized each gear ratio and maximum winding length.

Daiwa 18 Caldia 1000S-P

For Black Bass, Trout, Light Saltwater

$172.08 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT2000S-XH

High Speed Winding,For Black Bass, Trout, Light Saltwater

$172.08 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT2500

For Black Bass, Trout, Saltwater fishing

$176.79 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT2500-XH

High Speed Winding,For Black Bass, Trout, Saltwater fishing

$176.79 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT2500S

2500 Small size, For Black Bass, Trout, Saltwater fishing
$154.70 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT2500S-XH

2500 Small size, High Speed Winding, For Black Bass, Trout, Saltwater fishing

$154.70 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT3000C-XH

High Speed Winding, For Shore jigging, Saltwater fishing

$187.00 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT4000C-XH

High Speed Winding, For Shore jigging, Saltwater fishing

$208.23 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT5000C-XH

High Speed Winding, For Shore jigging, Jigging
$222.37 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

Daiwa 18 Caldia LT6000D

Power gear, For Shore jigging, Jigging

$231.80 Buy at Asian Portal Fishing

The best quality & cost performance! That is New Caldia!

Daiwa’s unique “lightness of winding” is alive. Silky winding feel. feel firm rigidity by adopting a new Tuffedgegear.

Daiwa’s new technology filled with 18 Caldia, please take it in hand.