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Shimano Calcutta Baitcasting Reel

Review Last Updated: April 2024
Nancy Perry
Product Review by Nancy Perry
Product Features
  • Anti-Rust Bearing
  • Variable Braking System
  • Cold-Forged Aluminum Frame
  • One-Way Roller Bearing


Today we'll be reviewing the Shimano Calcutta Baitcasting Reel.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!


  • Durable build with beautiful detailing
  • Silky casts and retrieves
  • Shimano quality
  • Erosion resistant
  • Easy-grip handles
  • Perfect for experienced anglers


  • Not budget friendly
  • Not suitable for beginners

Shimano Calcutta Baitcasting Reel Product Review

If you’re willing to pay for top quality, you’re in for a treat!

Shimano reels are considered works of art by anglers, and rightfully so! They’re beautiful to look at, built-in sleek gold metal with a series of drill-outs, cut weights, and the Calcutta Conquest allows for drainage.

The rigid frame eliminates flex and transfers all energy to the crank and the spool is tough enough for 140 yards of 80lb test Superline. Additionally, the Micro Module Gear technology uses additional smaller gear teeth for efficiency and a silky smooth operation.

The pinion gear is supported with 6 ball bearings on each end for perfect alignment under heavy loads. Plus, the pinion gear cuts friction between the spool shaft and gear cast.

The reel provides a secure grip with a thick, cold-forged handle that has perfect curvature, designed to clear the star drag wheel as it rotates the 5.6:1 gear ratio. The stainless steel knob provides precision and lets you adjust the 20-point cast-control system with any lure in all conditions.

Back-play is eliminated thanks to the anti-reverse one-way roller bearing. This provides instant hook setting power.

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