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Shimano Cardiff

Overall Customer Rating: 3.89 of 5 stars Shimano Cardiff Reels 3.89 out of 5 (9 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Round Baitcasting Reels
Model: Cardiff
Reel Type: Casting

Shimano Cardiff specifications

Model Line Capacity Gear Ratio Ball Bearings Reel Weight (oz.) Max. Drag Type

CDF201A

40/135,50/130,65/90

5.8:1

4+1

8.6

10

Left Hand Retrieve

CDF301A

40/195,50/190,65/125

5.8:1

4+1

8.9

10

Left Hand Retrieve

CDF401A

50/305,65/180,80/160

5.2:1

4+1

11.9

11.0

Left Hand Retrieve

CDF100A

30/175,40/110,50/105

5.8:1

4+1

8.1

7.5

Right Hand Retrieve

CDF200A

40/135,50/130,65/90

5.8:1

4+1

8.6

10

Right Hand Retrieve

CDF300A

40/195,50/190,65/125

5.8:1

4+1

8.9

10

Right Hand Retrieve

CDF400A

50/305,65/180,80/160

5.2:1

4+1

11.9

11

Right Hand Retrieve


* All Cardiff Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


 

Fishermen's opinions about Shimano Cardiff

 
Shimano Cardiff

Shimano Cardiff 301A - Nice one

2013-05-28T10:39:15

5/28/2013 10:39:15 AM 3 of 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars

I bought this reel for jerkbait pike fishing: using small lures quietly performs this work without problems, also thanks to the good retrieve speed (5,8:1). The reel is compact and lightweight, easy to handle, the movement is smooth and fluid and the material, at least for parts of the body under stress, is all good aluminum. Adjusting the centrifugal brake is rather laborious, especially when you’re on the water. It 'still a reel that runs very well on casts, quietly fulfilling its task without hesitation.
Another little drawback is the drag, according to my taste not so well adjustable and rather weak: replacing the hard metal drag disks with carbon ones would improve the performances for sure. A really good reel for bass fishing with swimbaits or for light pike fishing. Great quality / price ratio. Vote: 3 stars (and a half....)
Reviewed by: Gennaro (Rome, Italy)

 
Shimano Cardiff

Shimano Bait Casting Reel

2013-01-26T17:12:07

1/26/2013 5:12:07 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I bought this rod after vascillating back and forth for months. Should I get the more expensive Calcutta, should I spend all of that extra money? I decided to give this a try. It's awesome. Does everything it is supposed to. Can't imagine the Calcutta is THAT much better. I use it for Musky and Salmon fishing on a St. Croix Mojo Musky rod. Best setup I ever had.
Reviewed by: Bonneville (Milwaukee, WI USA)

 
Shimano Cardiff

Excelente reel

2012-12-21T16:53:03

12/21/2012 4:53:03 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I have been using this reel for a year now. Don't let the price fool you, i have caught everything from perch to 30 pound yellowtail with this reel. Its stood up to all the abuse and still casts smooth.
I expect to fish with this reel for years to come
Reviewed by: Jesus Rafael

 
Shimano Cardiff

Cardiff 400

2012-12-03T08:59:49

12/3/2012 8:59:49 AM 2 of 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars

I purchased this reel manly for channels and flatheads. I read a lot of good reviews prior to buying this reel. However when I received the reel I was disappointed with the quality of the reel, it has a lot of plastic parts, remember it is a Shimano , but a low end reel from them.
So I returned this reel and got an Abu Garcia C3 6500. In my opinion the C3 it the best baitcaster reel you can get for the money.
Reviewed by: WildOAK (Cleveland, OH)

 
Shimano Cardiff

Don''t go near this one

2012-12-01T15:14:03

12/1/2012 3:14:03 PM 1 of 5 stars 1 out of 5 stars

Drag spring washers lost spring over time rendering the real useless.
Lost cranking power all together.
Reviewed by: fishbait (United States, Pennsylvania)

 
Shimano Cardiff

Shimano Cardiff 401 - Excellent Reel

2012-11-30T15:15:29

11/30/2012 3:15:29 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Purchased this reel year and half ago and very satisfied with this reel. It's my first choice reel for trolling in the wonderful CA valley and Sierra lakes. Also the only reel I use when I go ocean fishing. Excellent feel and smooth drag. It's a tough reel. Casting is very smooth and very good distance with little effort.
Makes a day of fishing enjoyable.
Reviewed by: victor

 
Shimano Cardiff

SO FAR SO GOOD

2012-11-27T15:14:38

11/27/2012 3:14:38 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I have yet to have any problems with this reel. I bought this reel for salmon fishing,casting stick baits and spoons and also for back dropping or bouncing salmon skein. So far so good,I have yet to catch a salmon on this reel but have caught a few channel cat fish and walleye.The last fish was around 15- 20 lb.s and was caught on the river.So no complaint's and hoping for rain and cool temps to bring in the salmon.
Reviewed by: trappersp (United States, Michigan)

 
Shimano Cardiff

Worth the Money

2012-11-24T15:13:26

11/24/2012 3:13:26 PM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Was torn between this and the abu C3/C4 for a medium action 6'6" rod (hoping to use it as a light fluke setup). Went with a cardiff 301 and loaded it up w/30lb braid. It seemed to be a little smoother when I handled it in the store than the abu's. Drags seemed similar (although i believe the abu's put out about 5lbs more). Overall very similar reels but i felt that the customer service and warranty that comes with the shimano was enough to sway my decision.
Haven't used it yet so I cant speak about its longevity.
Reviewed by: CTW (United States, Connecticut)

 
Shimano Cardiff

best bang for the buck hands down

2012-11-18T15:16:22

11/18/2012 3:16:22 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I bought this reel for nothing but muskie fishing. im a little crazy when it comes to the muskies, i fish year round 365. i target river muskie %90 of the time so if theres no ice im wading and casting. This reel is super smooth even when its so cold i have to clear the ice out of the eye-lits on my rod every other cast. It doesn't matter what punishment i put this reel through and trust me i have thrown everything there is from 0 degree weather to 14-16 hour nonstop casting days this reel handles it with a smile! And this reel casts super far and smooth all day everyday. And its super easy to clean and maintain. i rarely ever have a rats nest ( backlash ). This reel lets me switch from smaller baits to big muskie baits all day and casts just as smooth no matter what. and its a perfect size. fits perfect in my hand. couldn't be more happier with the purchase and going to get another one for the new 8' rod i just got.
Reviewed by: Dangerous (St. Charels IL)

 
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