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Old 06-28-2006, 03:26 PM
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New Shimano Calcutta......short money

Guys,

Bought this reel never caught a fish on it. can't figure out how to use it and frankly don't see any need it would fill........so the first $200 gets it

List Price $420

Gonna buy a couple of shimano baitrunners with the money
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:28 PM
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what kind ?
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:50 PM
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Which size/model?
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:02 PM
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Guys,

Bought this reel never caught a fish on it. can't figure out how to use it and frankly don't see any need it would fill........so the first $200 gets it

List Price $420

Gonna buy a couple of shimano baitrunners with the money

Your kidding me right, you post a canal report, obviously fish it, but don't know how to use a conventional reel?? Why did you buy it???

chris

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Old 06-29-2006, 05:24 AM
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not up for the challenge....

Its a CALCUTTA 400. I actually never posted a canal trip. I am from Chelsea originally and fished Boston Harbor for years and now live in Merrimac MA.

I thought I might try for SBFT and thought this would be the reel to use. its a baitcaster and I had a tough time when i tried it. Birds nest galore. Granted there were breaking fish and I did not set anything like the brake stops.

Should i back up go through the manual, adjust, and practice on the lawn? I can hit you forehead at 25 yards with a spinning reel and ugly stick.

There are so many methods I've trying based on the posts and it get kind of overwhelming. I've tried a fresh water fly rod to no avail but I know you have to put in the time.

Right now I am in a mode where I am conentrating on finding fish. You know eddys in the rivers, piers in the harbor. I found a pier on either side with some bumper pilons is like a frikkin gold mine. SO me and my 15yr old are hunters right now. Man if you follow the basics you can find em. ifound a spot right now that I've been to twice that ahs about four fish from 40" to 50".

That being said should I just chill cause I am gonna regret it?
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:29 AM
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Big K, check your PM
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:46 AM
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Just to clarify, although not mentioned, I assume it's the TE version that retails for $500.00. Otherwise, the standard Calcutta 400 brand new goes for only $220.00. If you paid $400 for a standard 400, you got severely ripped off.
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:49 AM
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BigK, sorry, I've confused you with BigT. To many bigs around here.

FWIW, the Calcutta is the gold standard for casting reels. I was in your shoes 25 years, standing on the banks of the ditch with a squidder in hand and no damned idea how to use it. Take your time, if you need, I'm sure someone with some experience lives in your general area. But it is a reel worth mastering, not just for the present, but for future fishing applications.

chris
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:01 AM
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I strickly use the Calcutta 401TE (2 of them, left hand retrieve) bought for +/- $390. I use them for everything! Stripers and Tuna. But keep then out of my inexperienced customers hands until mid trip when I can help them learn to use it. After 15 minutes they are "hooked" on the baitcaster and asking where & how much. Stick with it if possible, turn the anti reverse way up and its impossible to birdnest the reel. Keep in miing they like weighted plugs and lures that cast well and be careful casting into the wind. If its a new 400/401 TE, I'll sent $200 RIGHT NOW! Good luck!
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:37 AM
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FYI, these are for sale at Cabela's for $349.

Cabela's Link

And found one on Ebay for $308.50 shipped:

Ebay Auction

- Brendan

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