Shimano Cardiff Baitcasting Reel

Shimano Cardiff Baitcasting Reel is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14.
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$119.99 - $129.99

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Shimano Cardiff Baitcasting Reel
Shimano Cardiff Baitcasting Reel
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Product Information:

Make your next fishing trip count with the Shimano® Cardiff Baitcast Reel. The reel is designed with a one-piece Diecast aluminum frame for unmatched durability, anti-rust bearings, and is approved for use in saltwater. The Cardiff boasts a super stopper roller bearing to eliminate backplay and a Variable Brake System for more controlled, consistent spool speed.


  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • One-Piece Diecast Aluminum Frame
  • Handle Side Variable Brake System (VBS) for controlled, consistent spool speed
  • Super Stopper with Assist Stopper eliminates back play
  • Three post quick take down
  • Rubber handle frip
  • Aluminum sideplates and spool
  • Metal series
  • Approved for use in saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
  • Recessed reel foot
  • Shimano
  • Brand: Shimano
  • Country of Origin: Imported


Tech Specs:

ModelRetrieveReel SizeGear RatioBearingsMono Capacity (yd./lb.)Braid Capacity (yd./lb.)Max Drag (lb.)Line Retrieve (in.)Weight (oz.)
CDF200ARight2005.8:14+1230/8, 210/10, 120/14135/40, 130/50, 90/6510248.6
CDF201ALeft2005.8:14+1230/8, 210/10, 120/14135/40, 130/50, 90/6510248.6
CDF300ARight3005.8:14+1230/12, 180/14, 150/17195/40, 190/50, 125/6510248.9
CDF301ALeft3005.8:14+1230/12, 180/14, 150/17195/40, 190/50, 125/6510248.9
CDF400ARight4005.2:14+1330/12, 250/14, 220/17, 165/20305/50, 180/65, 160/80112211.9
CDF401ALeft4005.2:14+1330/12, 250/14, 220/17, 165/20305/50, 180/65, 160/80112211.9
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great line capacity for shore casting for Salmon Although the specs allow for 165 yards of 20 pound line I recommend about 145 yards and the reel cast great with no backlash when adjusted correctly. I'm able to cast about 20 yards further than with my spinning reel and the drag is much easier to adjust while fighting a Salmon that the spinning reel drag. Shimano has designed this reel for easy rinsing of saltwater and maintenance. This reel is also lighter than a similar spinning reel that can hold 20 pound line, which has reduce fatique when required to do a lot of casting. Ordering was easy and free shipping arrive in a resonable timeframe. Very satisfied with this reel so far!
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good spotty, calico, and halibut reel I've used this reel in both fresh water and salt water, it's really great when used for the right purpose. I have the 300, I use it when I go calico fishing off Catalina and some of the other channel islands. I've brought in some big bay bass from alimitos bay on this reel and some legal halibut. In fresh water I love it as a largemouth reel. It's pretty much optimal all those purposes. But I was reading some of the reviews that said it's good for yellowtail and white seabass, that seems a little nuts to me. I mean if your gonna go that route I reccomend something with a power handle, like a curado ej, Also I recommend that if you do invest in this reel you should throw some braid on it right away and avoid putting too much on for optimal casting. Lastly dont get this reel unless you are experienced with bait caster because if you don't know what your doing you'll have birdnests like you won't believe, and the way it is set up they are hard to get to and fix, if your fishing early in the morning or at night. So bottomline it's a great reel for calicos, spotties, sandbass, largemouth, and halibut under 30 inches.Good luck and I hope you catch plenty of fish. If you've got an instagram you can see some of the fish I've caught with it @thedestinator is my name, like 70% of the fish on my account where caught with this reel.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from would recommend The reel performs as advertised. Have had no problems in performance or durability. Use the 300 and 400 models for bay bass, halibut, yellowtail and white sea bass. All fishing is done by kayak and usually just give it a real quick rinse in fresh water when I am done. Would recomend this reel for those that do not want to spen a ton of moner for a reel. only thing I wish it had was a clicker.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not bad i had mine for about 5 years , i put it to the test , stripers biggest on this 43lbs almost spooled me , fluke all four summers seabass . blackfish , i just had my first problem with it , and that was only a snap ring , i just purchased two more the bigger models for the price you cant go wrong . im using up to 8 to 10 oz weights . ill defend this reel anytime .
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reel worth the money I used this reel for 5 consecutive days of Clearlake bass fishing. It handled the big fish with ease and was capable of throwing a A-Rig day in and day out over that 5 day period. On my final day of fishing I switched to a single swim bait and this reel can throw a bait a country mile.If you have never tried a round reel this is a great price to try it and see if you like it, and after you realize how good it is you still have enough money to buy a second one.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed Was under the impression, because of information provided by both Dicks and Shimano that this reel was a saltwater reel. Went fishing for Black Sea Bass and had an enormous amount of difficulty even handling 8 and 9 pound fish. I couldnt imagine if I happen to land a 30 pound stripper on this rinky dink toy reel. Description should not say approved for saltwater.
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Reel! Bought the 400. It casts very well. Rivals my Abu Record 60, making it difficult to say which I like best. Very smooth. Have it paired with a Shimano Tescata MH rod, and the set up is very light,comfortable, and easy to handle. I can cast iron with ease. This set up is even great for all freshwater fishing. Great real, especially for the price.
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome reel! I took my 400 and ugly stik outfit on a rockfish / halibut combo charter trip last summer out on Farallon Island and landed a 43" / 30lb cali hali. This reel handle the fight like a champ!
Date published: 2017-03-15
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