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At $249, the Shimano Curado 150 DC reel is one of the best baitcasting reels at that price point this moment. It has a lot of features, solid construction, big comfortable grips, an easily palmable footprint, and incredible cast control as well as holding 110 yards of 12 pound line. It comes in 6.2:1, 7.4:1 and 8.5:1 options in both left and right hand retrieves.

They have been sold out for a good part of the year already, but most retailers were restocked recently.

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