Shimano released some new products at the ICAST show going on right now. Here are the models that have been most talked about:
Stradic CI4 Best in Show Freshwater Reel winner
It will be available in 1000 and 2500 size. The 1000 weighs 6.2 ounces and the 2500 weighs 7 ounces. The reels frame, side plate and rotor are made from carbon to reduce the weight. $199.99 for both sizes.
Small two speed reels designed to fish with Spectra and short top shots or leaders. They are designed with fishing live bait in mind. The greaseless spool bearings and light spool allow you to flyline a bait with no issues. I recently used these on the 7 day trip on the Royal Polaris. The list of features is long so here's a link:
Here's a brief desctiption of all the models and what they are intended for.
CUC63M- Poppers, small top water, small hard jerk baits CUC63H- Spooks and other larger walking baits CUC69M- 3/8-1/2 spinnerbaits and buzzbaits CUC69MH- 3/4-1+ ounce spinnerbaits or smaller baits with larger blades CUC70M- Small cranks for soft cover, shallow to medium diving cranks CUC70MH- Medium diving cranks, hard jerk baits for soft to hard cover CUC70H- Deep diving cranks, open water buzz baits, spooks CUC76ML- Small shallow to medium cranks such as Speed Traps CUC77M- Shallow cranks for hard cover or heavy vegetation CUC711M- Long rod for medium diving cranks in soft to hard cover CUC711MH- Long rod for deep diving cranks in all cover types CUCX711MH- Lipless cranks, hollow body swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits