Shimano Curado 300E Reel Review

What are the best fishing reels on the market today? This is one of the questions many fishing enthusiasts are searching for answers online.

For a seasoned tournament angler or a weekend fishing warrior who is looking for the best fishing experience, we recommend you consider Shimano Curado E Reels. I have own several fishing reels from big brands and I can confess that Curado E Reel is by far my one of my favourite.

In fact, the redesign of the Curado E series was a major undertaking the company took. Let’s take a closer look at this reel to help you make an informed purchase decision.

Shimano Curado E Reel Reviews and Features


The E series has a dark green exterior surface with black metal clear anodized highlights. This is a deliberate design to match with the company’s lineup of crucial rods.

Who doesn’t like the E series finishing? The brighter green paint fishing with gold sparkles and emerald accents makes the reel better looking.

Internals Components

The Curado E series reel actually has seven bearings comprising of four shielded SS Bearings, one Anti-Reverse B Roller Clutch bearing and one Roller bearing. Compared to the other Curado reel, the bearings on the Curado E have a better quality because the reels are shielded.

The Curado 300E comes with a Super Stopper feature with a high-quality Assist Stopper. These two features eliminate all back-play, especially in the handle.


Fishing reels are available in different weight classes helping you to match your fishing reel to your rod. If you want to enjoy a great fishing experience, it is important to balance the two.

That said, the Shimano Curado E fishing reel weighs 11.5 Ounces which is deemed to be the perfect weight for a reliable fishing reel. The less weight is mainly due to the highly compressed aluminum metal.

The balance this reel makes with the correct fishing rod reduces user fatigue and makes casting easier and more accurate. This is important if you plan to cast and retrieve trophy-size freshwater fish.

Gear Ratio Changes

The Curado E reels come in three gear ratios which are 6.2:1 ratio, 7:1 ratio and 5:1 gearing which is a bit slower. The Curado E reels with 5:1 ration are only available in right-handed versions.

Drag Performance

This fishing reel from Shimano has a drag capacity of 15 Pounds. You will expect good drag performance thanks to this drag capacity and lots of drag features such as the cold forged aluminum drag star, clicking drag adjustment and Dartainium drag feature.

Shimano Curado 300E Reel Review


The reel provides unmatched strength thanks to its side-plate construction, solid 1-piece frame, and HEG which uses advanced components. All these features work in unison to eliminate flex, especially in the drivetrain.

The reel’s Super Stopper also provides an exclusive instant anti-reverse system. With this strength and system, you can make longer casts with heavier lines.

Additional Features

Some of the additional features of this fishing reel include Aluminum Lo-Mass spool, Septon PV power handle grips, 1/8 turn easy access side plate, Super Free feature, Super Stopper II.


  • Perfect for long-term use thanks to its aluminum parts and shielded bearings
  • Superior features you can find in the previous models or other reels
  • A wide range of settings which generates up to fifteen pounds of fish fighting drag
  • Widened reel base and low profile style frame to accommodate the wider and deeper spool
  • High power, high speed, and high line capacity


  • A little bit heavier compared to Curado G reels

Final Verdict

Shimano Curado E series reels are manufactured in China, unlike the prior models which are manufactured in Malaysia.

Shimano is a big brand. In fact, I have been a faithful user of the company’s products most of my fishing career. If you can get your hands on the Shimano Curado E reel, I promise you will not regret.

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