Shimano Powerpro Score ICAST
Shimano and its related brands are no strangers to the winner’s circle and ICAST 2018 proved no different. With the upcoming release of some very innovative products, Shimano won Best of Category – Freshwater Reel for the Curado DC Baitcasting Reel, Best of Category – Saltwater Reel for the Tekota 500 Levelwind Reel and Best of Category – Fishing Line with PowerPro SuperSlick V2.
Curado DC Baitcasting Reel
Utilizing a microcomputer to control brake force at every moment of the cast, Shimano brings its digital control technology (I-DC4) to a new series of Curado baitcasting reels. Built upon a reel already known for its durability, dependability, and versatility, the new Shimano Curado DC reels will quickly allow all anglers – from the most to avid tournament angler to those who are intimidated by baitcasting reels and the backlashes that can happen – to cast smarter by allowing the DC’s microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1,000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlashes and maximize distance.
The DC series includes the Curado DC150 and left-hand retrieve DC151 with 6.2:1 gear ratios, the Curado DC150HG and DC151HG with 7.4:1 gear ratios, and the even higher speed Curado DC150XG and DC151XG with 8.5:1 gear ratios. With the I-DC4 braking technology, anglers can fish a variety of lures and in any weather conditions, with limited-to-no adjustments to the reel. There are four external adjustable brake settings depending on fishing situations. The settings are a ‘max distance mode’ for ultra-long casts in calmer conditions; a ‘braid/mono mode’ for general all-around use of those types of lines; a ‘fluorocarbon mode’ that is best when using these stiffer lines; and a ‘skipping mode’ for challenging casts (under docks and piers) or extreme conditions.
Shimano Tekota Reels
Anglers in the Pacific Northwest, on the Great Lakes, and up and down the East coast have relied on the durability and trouble-free performance of Shimano Tekota star drag reels for well more than a decade. They are now being offered the newest in Shimano technology and manufacturing capabilities with the fully redesigned Tekota (TEK) 500 and 600 reels. Now more compact, more ergonomic and lighter with Shimano’s S-Compact body design (only 14.5-ounces for the TEK500), both sizes are offered in both right- and left-hand retrieve and standard and line-counter versions.
The new Tekota reels feature Shimano’s highly rigid HAGANE Body for added durability by reducing any frame distortion or flex when hooked into a big fish. For further durability, Shimano adds its CoreProtect technology to provide water resistance without creating a heavy feel when reeling. While a much needed feature when used in saltwater situations on both coasts, Great Lakes anglers targeting salmon and steelhead will appreciate the advantage when fishing in nasty weather – especially for first of the season coho and late season big king action. Plus Shimano offers even more protection with a waterproof anti-reverse stopper.
PowerPro Super8Slick V2
The winning didn’t stop there and the new PowerPro SuperSlick V2 Brand won Best of Category – Fishing Line.
Re-engineered with added abrasion toughness so anglers can rip through the heaviest cover with the same force as standard four-end braids, the new PowerPro Super8Slick V2 braided fishing line combines a new eight-end dense weave fiber construction with proven ‘Enhanced Body Technology’ (EBT) coating process. The new braid is offered in nine different pound test designations, and in five spool sizes to fill from one reel, to bulk spools for multiple fills and for reel spooling by your local tackle shop.
As with the original Super8Slick braid, the new ‘V2’ version continues to be the smoothest, softest and longest casting braid in the PowerPro line-up. Its use of Honeywell Spectra eight-end fiber provides a stronger, tougher braid, while the PowerPro EBT process makes the Super8Slick V2 structurally rounder. The process floods propriety resin through the finished braid, resulting in a smoother line that reduces backlashes, increases casting distance, makes it easier to tie knots, and offers superior strength to size ratio.
“For freshwater and salt, from throwing a big jig into a big knockdown or heavy vegetation for a kicker-size bass – to making that extra long cast into a surfacing school of stripers, Super8Slick V2 can give you an advantage,” said PowerPro product manager Tom Woldruff. “The PowerPro engineering staff has decades of experience, and that experience really comes through with the features of this new braid and benefits it provides anglers.”