With their low-slung profile and racecar good looks, Shimano’s previous Citica G series of baitcasters were pretty classy examples of Japanese design, technology and performance, but the new 2016 models take it another step further. There are three Citicas to choose from — the CI200I with a gear ratio of 6.3:1, and then the choice of high gear left or right-handed versions with warp speed ratios of 7.2:1. The SVS Infinity Casting System delivers a more precise braking range, which in turn provides greater control regardless of the conditions. What’s more, the S3D Stable Spool Design features uniform thin wall construction that reduces spool vibration on the cast and retrieve. Additionally, there are now five SA-RB bearings and one roller bearing to make the winding experience even sweeter. X-Ship — where the pinion gear is supported on both ends by two of the Citica’s SA-RB bearings, and a bigger drive gear — provides smoother operation when under load. The 2016 Citicas can dish out 5.5 kilos of drag power, which means they are ideally matched to the 190 metres of 15 kilo Power Pro braid they hold, making them perfect for impoundment, creek, tropical estuary and inshore saltwater work.
Model Ratio Bearings Drag(kg) lb/yds Weight(g)
200IHG 7.2:1 3/1 5 30/190 225
200I 6.3:1 3/1 5 30/190 225
201IHG 7.2:1 3/1 5 30/190 225
201I 6.3:1 3/1 5 30/190 225