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#12789946 - 06/12/18 07:14 PM Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel?
ChristopherWayne Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/30/18
Posts: 43



Curious if you guys used this reel model in the past and what you thought of it.

Good reel?

Its the only Shimano baitcaster that I have used.

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#12790232 - 06/13/18 05:13 AM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
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Registered: 08/02/11
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Loc: huffman tx
This reel is a tank, bulletproof lol. Hard to find parts for, especially the spools but I have the same reel in a 6.2 year ratio and have had it since mid 90’s, never had an issue with it other than cleaning and flushing the bearings.
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#12790510 - 06/13/18 10:27 AM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
metanium Offline
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Registered: 07/13/05
Posts: 587
Loc: Burleson
What ^he said. That's one of the "old greenies" that people still swear by. In the 5:1 ratio that the one picture has, it will make an excellent cranking reel.

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#12791091 - 06/13/18 06:51 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
ChristopherWayne Offline
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Registered: 04/30/18
Posts: 43
Turtdogg/Metanium,


Thanks for the info.
I do some worm and fluke fishing and I am about to dive into the "soft swim-bait" game.
I am a slow fisher.

The one in the photo has been just been re-furbished with new bearings and a new drag.

I have two more of the same B5:1 model that I bought from a guy who had them in long term storage.
He had no time for fishing!

I imagine the internals are very dry as was mine.

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#12792191 - 06/14/18 03:51 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
Thad Rains Offline
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Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 3084
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
THOSE are the best reels made. As stated above, it is a WORK HORSE of a reel and I still have 14 of them, all on CB and SB rods. Little maintenance given to it and it reels and casts all day. My BEST rod I have owned, but I have tried the newer ones, but still go back to my old tried and true reels. Handles all kinds of CBs you throw at it, even the Strike King 25. Keep it clean and it should last a long time. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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#12792252 - 06/14/18 04:41 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
ChristopherWayne Offline
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Registered: 04/30/18
Posts: 43
Thad,

What is the heaviest swimbait you would use with those reels?

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#12792486 - 06/14/18 09:24 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
Thad Rains Offline
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Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 3084
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
I wouldn't go over 2 oz. That would stretch them pretty good and shorten the life of them, but it would work. Lighter would be much better, but that is on ANY reel. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains

What type of line are you going to put on it? Braid? Copoly? Mono? or FLuoro? All mine are fixed with McCoyas Mean Green, a copoy and work VERY well with it. Hope this helps.

tr
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#12792531 - 06/14/18 10:00 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: ChristopherWayne]
dk2429 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 518
Loc: Pearland, TX
I had two and sold them.

Don't get me wrong.. That's the most bombproof reel ever built. They are complete tanks! But I personally couldn't get the feel for them. They cast great and work well! Just me personally, I like small low profile baitcasters
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#12793547 - 06/15/18 06:07 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: Thad Rains]
ChristopherWayne Offline
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Registered: 04/30/18
Posts: 43
I would prefer to go with braid.

Lot of trees and stumps where I fish.

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#12793555 - 06/15/18 06:18 PM Re: Bantam Curado B5:1 - Good reel? [Re: dk2429]
ChristopherWayne Offline
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Registered: 04/30/18
Posts: 43
This would be my other reel for heavier baits.
It needs a level wind upgrade and new bearings.




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