Its ‘flagship’ baitcasting reel series for anglers around the globe, Shimano introduces the Antares 100 and 100HG (left-hand retrieve ANT-101 and ANT101HG also available) reels to North American anglers looking for the ultimate long-distance casting fishing tool. Design for bass and other freshwater fishing techniques, within the Antares series anglers will experience Shimano’s newest innovations for baitcasting reels, including its Micro Module gear system and SVS Infinity brake system.
The four reel series includes the 100 and left-hand 101 models with a 5.6:1 gear ratio, retrieving in 26-inches of line per crank. “This is the ideal ratio to fish lures that keep constant tension on the line such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits,” said Robby Gant with Shimano’s product development team. To fish jigs and worms, soft plastic and Carolina rigs, “anglers will want to turn to the Antares 100HG and 101H reels with a quick 7.4:1 gear ratio. They will crank in nearly 34-inches of line per crank,” Gant notes.
The Micro Module gear system takes Shimano’s technology another step forward by reducing the size, while increasing the number, of gear teeth on the pinion and drive gear. “While anglers know all about the smoothness of Shimano reels, the Antares reels are at the next level, all leading to not only exceptional casting distance, but also exceptional power and durability,” Gant said.
Shimano’s SVS Infinity brake system (also found on the new Chronarch CI4+ reels) controls spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. An external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch. Anglers will also experience the advantages of X-Ship technology, “where we the support the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, leading to better gear durability and also to help make long casts with light lures,” explains Gant.
Added features to the Antares baitcasting reels include a ‘G Free Spool II,’ a large diameter, ultra-light Magnesium spool, and a cone shape level wind guide to reduce line friction. “Both these features combine to maximize casting distance and performance,” Gant said. “Plus we reduce overall weight even more with our ‘Super MG’ frame – the reason we stress highly that the Antares reels be used the freshwater only.”
All four Antares reels have 10 S A-RB (anti-rust) ball bearings in strategic locations, a one-way roller bearing for no handle back play, and weigh in at 7.93-ounces. They’ll handle from 200 yards of 6-pound test mono to 120 yards of 10-pound test.
“Our new Antares reels are all about long-distance casting performance, and the latest in baitcasting reel technology,” Gant said. “We know there’s a avid group of bass anglers who want to fish with nothing but the best – and this is it from Shimano.
MSRP: all sizes – $599.99
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