Shimano Cardiff Casting Reels Review

Cardiff

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The Facts: The Shimano Cardiff features an externaly adjustable variable breaking system, a one-piece die-cast aluminum frame, aluminum side-plates, machined-aluminum spool, Super Stopper anti-reverse, and 3 bearings plus 1 roller bearing.

Model No. Bearings Gear Ratios Capacity Weight
CDF100A 4BB + 1RB 5.8:1 140/10 8.1 OZ
CDF200A 4BB + 1RB 5.8:1 210/10 8.6 OZ
CDF201A 4BB + 1RB 5.8:1 210/10 8.6 OZ
CDF300A 4BB + 1RB 5.8:1 180/14 8.9 OZ
CDF301A 4BB + 1RB 5.8:1 180/14 8.9 OZ
CDF400A 4BB + 1RB 5.2:1 250/14 11.9 OZ
CDF401A 4BB + 1RB 5.2:1 250/14 11.9 OZ
Shimano Cardiff 301A Baitcasting Reel Great Condition
Shimano Cardiff 301A Baitcasting Reel Great Condition
$ 69.99
Shimano Cardiff CDF 401A Left-Handed Baitcasting Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping!
Shimano Cardiff CDF 401A Left-Handed Baitcasting Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping!
$ 98.95
Shimano CARDIFF 300 A Series Casting Reel, 5.8:1
Shimano CARDIFF 300 A Series Casting Reel, 5.8:1
$ 57.05
Shimano Cardiff 100 Bait Casting Reel New
Shimano Cardiff 100 Bait Casting Reel New
$ 115.00
Shimano Cardiff CDF 300A Baitcasting Right-Handed Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping
Shimano Cardiff CDF 300A Baitcasting Right-Handed Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping
$ 89.95

User reviews for Cardiff

Avg. User Review (4.4 Stars):
Number of Reviews: 5
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4 Stars a good reel, 2006-05-18
Reviewer: none

It's a good reel for open water bass fishing or flipping with heavy baits like a sinko, but when it comes to flipping a finesse worm under tree branches, a chronarch is far better. An Okuma VS LP is also aq very good reel for this kind of casting. It's not that expensive ($110), a chronarch is around $260 and an Okuma is $120.
I still think it's a great reel for heavier baits.

5 Stars Great Reel for the price, 2005-09-01
Reviewer: David

I have the 100 size model and my only complaint is that you can't cast that far with it (but then this is true of almost all 100 size reels).

Casting is super smooth and so far I have not had problems with the drag like some, but then I have not had it all that long.

5 Stars The Cardiff 100 Makes Finesse Fishing Easy, 2005-03-18
Reviewer: Rob Gray

The folks at Shimano have always prided themselves in quality reels that are smooth, castable and strong. This little reel is all of that and more. Finesse baits that once required spinning reels, are now easily thrown with the Cardiff. On my home lake, a Texas rigged worm is the staple of life and because of the mossy growth on the bottom it needs to be light. I can throw a 4" worm or lizard with 1/8 oz. or less weight for days! The high-speed gear allows for quick recovery and it is strong & durable. If you like to fish flukes, trickworms, light Texas rigs or small jigs, then this is the reel for you.

4 Stars Nice little baitcaster, 2005-03-08
Reviewer: Bearcat

I have a 301-leftie. I love the way it fits in my palm due to its low profile design. Cast very well. There are 6 spool brakes and I remove 3 of them and set 2 on. I bought a Shimano live bait handle which give a lot more cranking leverage. The reel is spooled with 150' of 20# Power Pro braided line and top off with 15# of Big Game. Great for swimbait, live bait or bottom fishing. Sometimes I tie a 10# or 12# top shot for smaller fish. The factory drag is somewhat weak and I will replace it with HT100 or Smoothie.

There is a improved version that just came out with ARB & dartanium drag washer.

4 Stars spunky little thing, 2005-02-18
Reviewer: Arvin Reyes

i own the cardiff 100.

good:
smooth reel. feels good in your hand. and the crank handle feels soft and comfortable. casts nicely. easily operated. VBS brakes are on the crank side for easier adjustment.

bad:
drags are nice at first. they are made of fibrous material that is soaked in drag grease. but if you fish in an environment where it is easy to get your reel wet, the drag washers are prone to soaking up water. not a good thing for this particular reel. it gets real sketchy and you have to take the whole crank box apart, set out the drag washers to dry completely, reapply drag grease and reinstall. even then, its never like new again.

comments:
i have owned three or four of these reels, and i still own one. they are great reels for the price. but i just think that shimano should stick with the dartanium drag washers for all their reels. it would also be nice to finally get a 400 size cardiff for the people that cant bring themselves to spend $200 on the calcutta 400.

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Shimano Cardiff 301A Baitcasting Reel Great Condition
Shimano Cardiff 301A Baitcasting Reel Great Condition
$ 69.99
Shimano Cardiff CDF 401A Left-Handed Baitcasting Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping!
Shimano Cardiff CDF 401A Left-Handed Baitcasting Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping!
$ 98.95
Shimano CARDIFF 300 A Series Casting Reel, 5.8:1
Shimano CARDIFF 300 A Series Casting Reel, 5.8:1
$ 57.05
Shimano Cardiff 100 Bait Casting Reel New
Shimano Cardiff 100 Bait Casting Reel New
$ 115.00
Shimano Cardiff CDF 300A Baitcasting Right-Handed Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping
Shimano Cardiff CDF 300A Baitcasting Right-Handed Reel - Extremely Fast Shipping
$ 89.95

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