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Shimano’s baitcasting reels have been serving anglers for a decade so the company decided to make a few tweaks and improvements to this popular reel for 2012. The new Chronarch E series now includes two new sizes, a 200 and left-hand retrieve 201 in 7:1, 6.5:1 and 5.5:1 gear ratios. Shimano also introduced the compact-size Chronarch 50 and left-hand retrieve 51 reels with a 6:4.1 gear ratio.

“We provide Chronarch anglers with the right reel in the right size and right gear speed for just about any and all bass fishing techniques,” said Kenichi Iida, Shimano American Corp.’s reel product specialist. “The Chronarch reels have long been the choice for anglers who have taken their bass fishing to the next level, and we give them the right fishing tool to help with their success at that level.”

The new Chronarch E reels are built Shimano tough with a long-list of proven features, including High Efficiency Gearing, a Lo-Mass drilled spool system and Super Stopper. For smoothness and durability, each reel has a shielded A-RB ball bearing, five shielded SUS bearings and a roller clutch. The six 200-size reels weigh in at 7.6 ounces, while the compact 50 size weighs 7.1 ounces.

In terms of the amount of line retrieved per crank, the Chronarch E7 reels pull in 30 inches while the E6 reels pull in 27 inches and the E5 reels crank in 23 inches with each rotation. Each model can carry 155 yards of 10-pound test mono, or 120 yards of 50-pound PowerPro. The Chronarch 50E and 51E reels can haul in 25-inches of line per crank, and hold 85 yards of 10-pound test mono or 105 yards of 30-pound PowerPro.

“Anglers fishing on a more professional level are just as concerned about how much line comes in per crank of the handle as they are with gear ratio specs,” Iida said. “Plus, we’re seeing more and more use of braided line for certain bass fishing techniques — we’ve built the Chronarch reels to handle any situation.”

The color scheme on new Chronarch E series reels matches up well with Shimano’s new IM-10 graphite Crucial rods — with a range of models available for every bass fishing technique including worm and jig rods, drop shot, frog, spinnerbait and crankbait rods, along with top-water and swimbaits. The reels retail for $199.99.

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  • Aluminum Frame
  • Lightweight Graphite Sideplates
  • Recessed Reel Foot
  • High Efficiency Gearing (HEG)
  • Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System (SF)
  • A7075 Aluminum Magnumlite Spool
  • Dartainium 2 Drag Washer B
  • 7 Bearings
  • 5 Shielded Stainless Steel BB
  • 1 S A-RB BB
  • 1 A-RB Roller Clutch Bearing
  • Variable Brake System (VBS) with Reduced Mass Hub
  • Super Stopper II
  • Assist Stopper
  • Drilled Handle Shank
  • Septon PV Power Grips
  • Titanium IP Line Guide
  • 1/8 Turn Easy Access Attached Sideplate
  • Metal Cast Control Knob
  • Double Anodized Spool and Handle
  • Disengaging Levelwind System
  • QuirkFire II Clutch Bar
  • Made in Japan