Personally I use a spinning reel when casting for species such as pike and asp, fishing for perch and fishing vertical. When I would be trolling for pike with larger lures, I switch to the baitcaster. When setting it in a rod rest I use a longer, more flexible rod and when keeping the rod in hands, I prefer a shorter, somewhat stiffer baitcaster rod. It is purely a matter of personal taste because I believe a traditional rod and spinning reel won’t catch less.
Where I see the biggest advantage is when using the flipping or pitching technique. This is when we are fishing at close range and putting the lure into the thickest, heaviest shoreline cover. I like to use 25 lb. Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon when flipping. You may think this is too heavy of a line, but when you hook a big bass in real heavy grass or in the middle of a tree, you need that strength to be able to pull that fish out. Otherwise, the fish can wrap around the cover and break you off.
And another thing, this baitcasting reel comes with a MagTrax brake system that claims to provide consistent brake pressure throughout. You can, therefore, use the reel with a wide range of lures and in different casting conditions without worrying about accuracy. Thanks to its Duragear brass gear, this reel can be used in extreme saltwater environments and still offer incredible performance even with years of use.
The Shimano Curado 200XG K is another high quality baitcasting reel with an oval frame and spool made from aluminum. The spool can take 110 yards of 14lb mono or 80 yards of 65lb PowerPro braid. Retrieve rate on the 200XG is 36 inches per crank and the line comes through a titanium line guide and lays up perfectly. The 200XG features 4 (+2) bearings, and a powerful 8.5:1 gear ratio. The Curado line also features reels with 7.2:1, 6.3:1, or slower 5.5:1 gearing to allow for fine-tuning to lure type and fishing style.
Braking systems are another feature that often confuses inexperienced anglers who use this type of reel. Basically, the braking system prevents your line from continuing forward after the lure has finished its movement. There are two different type of braking systems out there, although some reels now use a hybrid of the two. These two braking systems are centrifugal brakes and magnetic brakes. Centrifugal brakes use friction to slow down the line and can be adjusted using pins. Magnetic brakes use magnets to slow down spool speed and are adjustable as well. There’s not much difference between the two except for this: centrifugal braking systems are usually easier to set and don’t have to be adjusted as much as magnetic braking systems.
All in all, this baitcaster is a solid all around performer for under $100 that will last for years. It comes from a well-known and respected manufacturer in Shimano. If you are looking for a happy medium between speed and power, and want a good all-around fishing reel, this reel will be the way to go. This baitcasting reel is available for both left and right handers. For all of these reasons, the Shimano Caenan is the best baitcasting reel under 100 dollars in our opinion
This year, I changed my mind after watching others and here I am with 30+ years of fishing experience, but can't use a baitcaster. So I took the reel off the rod, and bought one of these. Still didn't want to get anything pro with 4x the price of this, because I was afraid, that this will also ends up in the garage or the trash and didn't want to waste to much money.